Camtasia vs. Captivate       vs. Freea comparison of screencasting alternativesSponsored by the NCLA-CUS & NCLA-CJCS      ...
Objective                                  Not a                                 how-to                                 se...
Screencasts? The 1¢ TourMakes videos      of stuffhappening on  your screen
½ ¢ more…SCREENCASTSALSO HAVE…                      AUDIO        Annotations         / Callouts  …& other cool stuff!
Intro over. On to the battle!
Made by: TechSmith   Version: 7.1OSs: Windows, Mac    Price: $299(Educational: $179)
Structured in multiple        modules.Fairly easy for the basics,   but options can get        complex.
PressF10to stop
Integrates an “add in” into       Powerpoint.
SUMMARY•Cheaper than Captivate, more than free•Easy to get started using Camtasia!•Edits as whole video; hard to break up•...
Adobe Captivate       101           James MisséNorth Carolina A&T State University
Adobe Captivate 5.5     The purpose of this   PowerPoint is to showthose who are not familiarwith Adobe Captivate how it c...
Why Captivate?•   It is extremely user friendly and easy to    learn.•   Its robust features allow tutorial makers to    b...
Captivate’s interface is very       user friendly
Seamlessly publish your tutorials      straight to YouTube   Just press the “YouTube” button and you are good to go.
Every object in Captivate can be redesigned, altered           or enhanced to fit your needs  This is an example of the pr...
Examples of customizable question typesthat you can insert into a Captivate tutorial                       These question ...
Interactive options in Captivate      Fully customizable widgets,   animations, animated text, videos,  skins, captions, c...
How can you use Captivate to help         distance learners?• You can import your existing PowerPoint  slides and convert ...
Example of a PowerPoint presentation in a            Captivate tutorialAll you do is click “File” and click “Import” to ge...
Various recording modes will allow you thefreedom to create tutorials based upon the    learning objectives that you choose
OK, I hear Camtasia andother eLearning software do the same things for much         cheaper…
Well…Here are Some Features That Only Captivate Does.•   Virtual collaboration through Adobe’s eLearning cloud    allows c...
Collaboration CloudOnce you share your projects through Captivate, others can download, view and edit them in a collaborat...
Captivate can easily integrate projects created using other Adobe software
Choose from tons of Flash animations or make                 your own
Text to Speech (TTS)                This feature              makes tutorials              with voice audio              m...
In addition to the vast help         features…  “How to” information on   virtually every aspect of   Captivate can be fou...
How much does Captivate cost? According to Adobe’s website, as of               12/1/11  Adobe Captivate 5.5 is priced for...
Bottom Line….Adobe Captivate may not be the cheapest   eLearning software out there but it’s aMust Have in terms of collab...
Thank You
Great for…- quick demos in virtual reference- experiments/getting your feet wet- small budgetsNot so great for…- advanced ...
Easy, no editing•Web-based - Screencastle•Mac/Windows - Jing•Linux - XVidCapMedium, some editing•Windows - UvscreencameraH...
Pro:•Web-based…no installation•Hosts file, and allows you to download•Lets you pause recording•Doesn‟t place watermarks or...
Con:•No editing options•Basically no support•No way to retrieve your screencast if  you lose the link•Only one type of out...
http://screencastle.com/
If you get a security warning like this, click Run
Adjust the height/width of the recording area, if desired
Select or deselect audio recording from the microphone
Open the recorder
Start the recording
End the recording
Save the recording
Can be used to download the recording
Pro:•Friendly, graphical interface•Lets you pause recording•Records whole/partial screen,• microphone, and mouse pointer•E...
Con:•Loads at startup by default•Adds branding before & after•5-minute limit on recording time•Editing for screenshots, bu...
Pro:•Able to handle high framerates•Lets you pause recording•Records whole/partial screen,• microphone, and mouse pointer•...
Con:•No editing options•No support other than FAQ•Not updated since 2006           http://xvidcap.sourceforge.net/
Pro:•Can add text, callouts, borders, arrows, & buttons that control flow or go to sites•Can edit audio and video•Records ...
Con: •Only proprietary video output in free    version, but can make .EXE w/ player •Interface is somewhat clunky •Help fi...
http://uvsoftium.com/UVScreenCamera.php
Pro:•Free version may (or may not) do SCORM output•Can import slides from PowerPoint•Many output options•Can add text, cal...
Con:•Free version may not (or may) do SCORM output•Site is inconsistent & confusing•PDF help file would not open•Full vers...
http://atomisystems.com/activepresenter/
Pro:•Absolutely free, open source•Very powerful, with many options•User-created tutorials available http://www.debugmode.c...
Con:•Very steep learning curve•Manual is very technical             http://www.debugmode.com/wink/
Wrapping it up…Many more available!Some eLearningenvironments canscreencast as part of a                     Ex: SoftChalk...
Consider your goals & needsFree alternativesNo Installation – ScreencastleEasy and friendly – JingMedium-techy – UVScreenc...
Pick your limit(s):                      No budget?                Low tech  Must have                                    ...
Or consider this plan:1)   Record a couple of test videos using     Jing or Screencastle      With and without narration!...
Questions?             The DLG thanks        the North Carolina Library               Association,             CUS and CJC...
Camtasia versus Captivate versus Free: Comparing Screencasting Software for Libraries
Camtasia versus Captivate versus Free: Comparing Screencasting Software for Libraries
Camtasia versus Captivate versus Free: Comparing Screencasting Software for Libraries
Camtasia versus Captivate versus Free: Comparing Screencasting Software for Libraries
Camtasia versus Captivate versus Free: Comparing Screencasting Software for Libraries
Camtasia versus Captivate versus Free: Comparing Screencasting Software for Libraries
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 libraries seeking to start making screencasts.

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  • These are all great alternatives. I personally use Jing a lot but they all fall short compared to camtasia imho. I was able to purchase camtasia for my mac luckily at a significant discount so I have seen both sides of the coin. It really depends on what your main aim is I guess. If you are just looking for screen recording, screencastomatic is great. If you want the editing features go with camtasia. I actually purchased an alternative software that I was having a tinkle with a few weeks ago which is very promising. It doesnt have ALL the features of camtasia but its screen recording is great and it has a lot of other features that camtasia doesnt. Again it comes down to what you prefer. I made a quick video tutorial going over the features of the software for anyone who is interested. You can check it out here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3a6IE8CYIM
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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.

    Thanks :)
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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. 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. 2. Objective Not a how-to session!Let’s talk screencasting software! versus plus some alternatives
  3. 3. Screencasts? The 1¢ TourMakes videos of stuffhappening on your screen
  4. 4. ½ ¢ more…SCREENCASTSALSO HAVE… AUDIO Annotations / Callouts …& other cool stuff!
  5. 5. Intro over. On to the battle!
  6. 6. Made by: TechSmith Version: 7.1OSs: Windows, Mac Price: $299(Educational: $179)
  7. 7. Structured in multiple modules.Fairly easy for the basics, but options can get complex.
  8. 8. PressF10to stop
  9. 9. Integrates an “add in” into Powerpoint.
  10. 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. 11. Adobe Captivate 101 James MisséNorth Carolina A&T State University
  12. 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. 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. 14. Captivate’s interface is very user friendly
  15. 15. Seamlessly publish your tutorials straight to YouTube Just press the “YouTube” button and you are good to go.
  16. 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. 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. 18. Interactive options in Captivate Fully customizable widgets, animations, animated text, videos, skins, captions, callouts, highlights, effects, audio and more….
  19. 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. 20. Example of a PowerPoint presentation in a Captivate tutorialAll you do is click “File” and click “Import” to getyour slides into Captivate
  21. 21. Various recording modes will allow you thefreedom to create tutorials based upon the learning objectives that you choose
  22. 22. OK, I hear Camtasia andother eLearning software do the same things for much cheaper…
  23. 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. 24. Collaboration CloudOnce you share your projects through Captivate, others can download, view and edit them in a collaborative manner
  25. 25. Captivate can easily integrate projects created using other Adobe software
  26. 26. Choose from tons of Flash animations or make your own
  27. 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. 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. 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. 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. 31. Thank You
  32. 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. 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. 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. 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. 36. http://screencastle.com/
  37. 37. If you get a security warning like this, click Run
  38. 38. Adjust the height/width of the recording area, if desired
  39. 39. Select or deselect audio recording from the microphone
  40. 40. Open the recorder
  41. 41. Start the recording
  42. 42. End the recording
  43. 43. Save the recording
  44. 44. Can be used to download the recording
  45. 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 http://www.techsmith.com/jing.html
  46. 46. Con:•Loads at startup by default•Adds branding before & after•5-minute limit on recording time•Editing for screenshots, but not „casts.•Requires screencast.com registration•Visible on screen even when docked•Only one type of output: .SWF (Flash)•$15/year for pro version http://www.techsmith.com/jing.html
  47. 47. Pro:•Able to handle high framerates•Lets you pause recording•Records whole/partial screen,• microphone, and mouse pointer•Many output format options. http://xvidcap.sourceforge.net/
  48. 48. Con:•No editing options•No support other than FAQ•Not updated since 2006 http://xvidcap.sourceforge.net/
  49. 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- limitedhttp://uvsoftium.com/UVScreenCamera.php
  50. 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 versionhttp://uvsoftium.com/UVScreenCamera.php
  51. 51. http://uvsoftium.com/UVScreenCamera.php
  52. 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 http://atomisystems.com/activepresenter/
  53. 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 http://atomisystems.com/activepresenter/
  54. 54. http://atomisystems.com/activepresenter/
  55. 55. Pro:•Absolutely free, open source•Very powerful, with many options•User-created tutorials available http://www.debugmode.com/wink/
  56. 56. Con:•Very steep learning curve•Manual is very technical http://www.debugmode.com/wink/
  57. 57. Wrapping it up…Many more available!Some eLearningenvironments canscreencast as part of a Ex: SoftChalkbigger suite. LessonBuilder
  58. 58. Consider your goals & needsFree alternativesNo Installation – ScreencastleEasy and friendly – JingMedium-techy – UVScreencameraRobust (&hard) – Wink; Xvidcap
  59. 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. 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. 61. Questions? The DLG thanks the North Carolina Library Association, CUS and CJCS.Nina Exner James Missé Gwen ExnerNC A&T NC A&T NCknowsninae@ncat.edu jbmisse@ncat.edu gwenexner@ gmail.com

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