Camtasia versus Captivate versus Free: Comparing Screencasting Software for Libraries

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This powerpoint was used for a webinar sponsored by the North Carolina Library Association;s Distance Learning Group. The purpose was to compare Camtasia to Captivate, and offer free alternatives, for …

This powerpoint was used for a webinar sponsored by the North Carolina Library Association;s Distance Learning Group. The purpose was to compare Camtasia to Captivate, and offer free alternatives, for libraries seeking to start making screencasts.

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  • @Dang Le: I'm sorry it was too narrow. What other apps beyond the six free ones we covered after the Cam/Cap discussion would you recommend?

    We are often asked by other librarians (the audience of the webinar these slides came from) whether they should get Camtasia or Captivate if they want to screencast. We were only trying to answer that, and then offer a few free alternatives for people who haven't the budget for those products. I hope that goal was clear in the Objectives, though the upload to Slideshare seems to have scrambled the Objectives slide.

    It wasn't intended to market either. In the webinar we talked about the disadvantages of Camtasia's all-video editing and those with Captivate's slides-oriented editing. They both have problems, and we meant for that to come through. Perhaps it was not clear enough. We were not trying to convince anyone that they have to get screencasting software, only that IF they are planning on getting screencasting, there are advantages and disadvantages to each of the well known products. Of course, as we said Silde 65, a complete eLearning environment can do all that and more so maybe that's a better choice if you want to go beyond screencasting.

    What points do you want to see gone over in the future? This was our first webinar so we're still learning. We'd love suggestions for future North Carolina Library Association Distance Learning Group webinars. Should we focus more on cns and less on pros? Or you mentioned apps... do you mean you'd prefer more focus on mobile apps not desktop client-based software? We're open to suggestions.

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  • Too bad review, looks like a marketing materials of Captivate or Camtasia.
    Lacks of knowledge or experience about other apps
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  • 1. Camtasia vs. Captivate vs. Freea comparison of screencasting alternativesSponsored by the NCLA-CUS & NCLA-CJCS Distance Learning Group Presenters: Nina Exner, NC A&T James Missé, NC A&T Gwen Exner, NCknows
  • 2. Objective Not a how-to session!Let’s talk screencasting software! versus plus some alternatives
  • 3. Screencasts? The 1¢ TourMakes videos of stuffhappening on your screen
  • 4. ½ ¢ more…SCREENCASTSALSO HAVE… AUDIO Annotations / Callouts …& other cool stuff!
  • 5. Intro over. On to the battle!
  • 6. Made by: TechSmith Version: 7.1OSs: Windows, Mac Price: $299(Educational: $179)
  • 7. Structured in multiple modules.Fairly easy for the basics, but options can get complex.
  • 8. PressF10to stop
  • 9. Integrates an “add in” into Powerpoint.
  • 10. SUMMARY•Cheaper than Captivate, more than free•Easy to get started using Camtasia!•Edits as whole video; hard to break up•Robust options (but less than Captivate) o Adding text and callouts o Captioning (including speech-to-text) o Hotspots and basic interactivity•SCORM compliant with some quizzes•The most production/output options
  • 11. Adobe Captivate 101 James MisséNorth Carolina A&T State University
  • 12. Adobe Captivate 5.5 The purpose of this PowerPoint is to showthose who are not familiarwith Adobe Captivate how it can completely changethe way we create tutorials for eLearners.
  • 13. Why Captivate?• It is extremely user friendly and easy to learn.• Its robust features allow tutorial makers to be creative while making their tutorials.• Question types in Captivate can be customized to provide the optimal tutorial experience.• The interactive ability of Captivate can provide eLearners with an engaging experience.
  • 14. Captivate’s interface is very user friendly
  • 15. Seamlessly publish your tutorials straight to YouTube Just press the “YouTube” button and you are good to go.
  • 16. Every object in Captivate can be redesigned, altered or enhanced to fit your needs This is an example of the properties that can be changed within a call out caption
  • 17. Examples of customizable question typesthat you can insert into a Captivate tutorial These question types can be used to accurately assess a learner. As you can see, Captivate does not limit your ability to create assessments and engage the learner through questions.
  • 18. Interactive options in Captivate Fully customizable widgets, animations, animated text, videos, skins, captions, callouts, highlights, effects, audio and more….
  • 19. How can you use Captivate to help distance learners?• You can import your existing PowerPoint slides and convert them into an interactive tutorials.• You can create tutorials as a demonstration, training session or assessment.• You can record videos from your screen.
  • 20. Example of a PowerPoint presentation in a Captivate tutorialAll you do is click “File” and click “Import” to getyour slides into Captivate
  • 21. Various recording modes will allow you thefreedom to create tutorials based upon the learning objectives that you choose
  • 22. OK, I hear Camtasia andother eLearning software do the same things for much cheaper…
  • 23. Well…Here are Some Features That Only Captivate Does.• Virtual collaboration through Adobe’s eLearning cloud allows collaborators to view, edit and comment on Captivate projects• Integrate other Adobe products• Interactive animations for visually stimulating tutorials• The easy to use Text-to-Speech feature
  • 24. Collaboration CloudOnce you share your projects through Captivate, others can download, view and edit them in a collaborative manner
  • 25. Captivate can easily integrate projects created using other Adobe software
  • 26. Choose from tons of Flash animations or make your own
  • 27. Text to Speech (TTS) This feature makes tutorials with voice audio much easier to record. All you have to do is type what you want the voice to tell the listener.
  • 28. In addition to the vast help features… “How to” information on virtually every aspect of Captivate can be found online due to its huge fan base and heavy usage
  • 29. How much does Captivate cost? According to Adobe’s website, as of 12/1/11 Adobe Captivate 5.5 is priced for Students and Educators at $299.00 USD
  • 30. Bottom Line….Adobe Captivate may not be the cheapest eLearning software out there but it’s aMust Have in terms of collaboration. Also, its ability to engage the learner throughinteractivity is not a feature that should be overlooked
  • 31. Thank You
  • 32. Great for…- quick demos in virtual reference- experiments/getting your feet wet- small budgetsNot so great for…- advanced editing needs- recorded quizzes (SCORM)- any sort of interactivity
  • 33. Easy, no editing•Web-based - Screencastle•Mac/Windows - Jing•Linux - XVidCapMedium, some editing•Windows - UvscreencameraHard, but might be worth it•Windows - ActivePresenter•Windows/Linux - Wink
  • 34. Pro:•Web-based…no installation•Hosts file, and allows you to download•Lets you pause recording•Doesn‟t place watermarks or branding•Unlimited recording time•Has plugins for Wordpress & MediaWiki•Records whole/partial screen, microphone, & mouse pointer•Extremely easy to use
  • 35. Con:•No editing options•Basically no support•No way to retrieve your screencast if you lose the link•Only one type of output: .FLV (Flash video)
  • 36.
  • 37. If you get a security warning like this, click Run
  • 38. Adjust the height/width of the recording area, if desired
  • 39. Select or deselect audio recording from the microphone
  • 40. Open the recorder
  • 41. Start the recording
  • 42. End the recording
  • 43. Save the recording
  • 44. Can be used to download the recording
  • 45. Pro:•Friendly, graphical interface•Lets you pause recording•Records whole/partial screen,• microphone, and mouse pointer•Easily shares with Twitter, Flickr,• Facebook, & FTP servers.•Keeps history of past recordings•Fair number of tutorials & help files
  • 46. Con:•Loads at startup by default•Adds branding before & after•5-minute limit on recording time•Editing for screenshots, but not „casts.•Requires registration•Visible on screen even when docked•Only one type of output: .SWF (Flash)•$15/year for pro version
  • 47. Pro:•Able to handle high framerates•Lets you pause recording•Records whole/partial screen,• microphone, and mouse pointer•Many output format options.
  • 48. Con:•No editing options•No support other than FAQ•Not updated since 2006
  • 49. Pro:•Can add text, callouts, borders, arrows, & buttons that control flow or go to sites•Can edit audio and video•Records whole/partial screen, microphone, and mouse pointer•Free trial is not time- limited
  • 50. Con: •Only proprietary video output in free version, but can make .EXE w/ player •Interface is somewhat clunky •Help files are not useful •No pause option •$50 for full version
  • 51.
  • 52. Pro:•Free version may (or may not) do SCORM output•Can import slides from PowerPoint•Many output options•Can add text, callouts, borders, arrows, captions, zoom/pan, questions, & more•Many online tutorials
  • 53. Con:•Free version may not (or may) do SCORM output•Site is inconsistent & confusing•PDF help file would not open•Full version is $350-$450
  • 54.
  • 55. Pro:•Absolutely free, open source•Very powerful, with many options•User-created tutorials available
  • 56. Con:•Very steep learning curve•Manual is very technical
  • 57. Wrapping it up…Many more available!Some eLearningenvironments canscreencast as part of a Ex: SoftChalkbigger suite. LessonBuilder
  • 58. Consider your goals & needsFree alternativesNo Installation – ScreencastleEasy and friendly – JingMedium-techy – UVScreencameraRobust (&hard) – Wink; Xvidcap
  • 59. Pick your limit(s): No budget? Low tech Must have tolerance? Mac? quizzes for Activepresenter Blackboard, Jing Camtasia Sakai, or Camtasia *Screencastle Moodle? UVScreencamera Jing Captivate *Wink Captivate *Xvidcap $300 Jing *totally free Camtasia No techies $179 at all? Limited Linux? Little budget? Or try installations?Activepresenter’s Jing Xvidcap free version $15/year (cautiously!) Screencastle Wink UVScreencamera $50
  • 60. Or consider this plan:1) Record a couple of test videos using Jing or Screencastle  With and without narration!  Try the most basic thing: an intro to your library‟s website!2) Try “video-izing” an existing PPT3) IF those work get trials of Camtasia and Captivate to test which you like
  • 61. Questions? The DLG thanks the North Carolina Library Association, CUS and CJCS.Nina Exner James Missé Gwen ExnerNC A&T NC A&T gwenexner@