Camtasia vs Screenflow

Alma Elliott
2020-09-25 10:48:08 • Filed to: Recorder Review
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Are you looking for the best screen recording program? When you go to the only place you can to look for screen recording programs; Google, you will no doubt run into results that suggest Camtasia and others suggesting the Screenflow is the ideal solution. Both tools can be an ideal way to record your screen even though Camtasia is much more recognizable than Screenflow and any other tools.

In this Camtasia vs. Screenflow comparison, we take a look at the features of each tool to give you a clear idea of which tool you can use. Let’s begin the complete comparison of the functions of both tools.

Functions Comparison

Tool/ Feature

Screenflow

Camtasia

Full Screen Recording

Yes

Yes

Select an Area to Record

Yes

Yes

Webcam Recording

Yes

Yes

DV Camera

 

Yes

Microphone Audio Capture

Yes

Yes

System Audio Capture

Yes

Yes

Keyboard Input and Shortcuts

Yes

Yes

Draw on Screen

 

Yes

Recording Presets

Yes

Yes

Video Editing Features

Animations, Transitions, Callouts, Animations, Shapes, Audio and Video Effects, Cursor effects, Captions and Subtitles, Greenscreen and More

Transitions, Animations, Audio and Video effects, Captions and Subtitles, Quizzing and Surveys, Freeze region, Greenscreen and many more

Screenflow vs Camtasia; Which is Better?

The following is a direct comparison of Screenflow and Camtasia and their individual features;

Interface

Screenflow

screenflow

Screenflow can be used to record both desktop and mobile device screens. The fact that it is both useful on small as well large screens means that it has one of the easiest interfaces to navigate and use. The interface is so friendly that even beginner users can make incredible screen flow videos that can capture both audio and video easily. Its editing tools are also robust and very easy to use, allowing users to create stunning videos in just a few minutes.

Camtasia

camtasia

Camtasia is one of the oldest tools in the market and although the interface can be a little bit intimidating, Camtasia comes with a lot of easy-to-understand tutorials that can help you use the program much easily. Despite the difficult to use interface, most people still choose Camtasia because of the numerous features that allow users to create amazing videos.

Recording Quality

Screenflow

Screenflow can capture video quality up to 1080p for both Mac and iOS devices. This is the ideal quality for beginner users to work with since it is not too restrictive when it comes to video editing. It is also the ideal quality for videos to be shared on various platforms including YouTube.

Camtasia

Camtasia on the other hand is a video editing and recording program that is designed for professional use and in understanding that various needs require different levels of quality, Camtasia offers users a wide range of options to choose from. The videos made with Camtasia are of very high quality and you can easily choose the quality you want the end-video to have. One of the best tools for video quality control in Camtasia is the “control length clip” feature that allows you to capture only the best parts of your video project.

Export Options

Screenflow

Screenflow offers user a wide range of export options both in terms of video quality and the format that you can export the video in.  The “Export” window allows you to choose the quality of the video, the size of the video and from a wide range of formats based on the device you want to play the video on. You also get the option to reduce the overall size of the video on the same Export Window.

Camtasia

Camtasia also has a similar “export” window. And while this window will allow you to choose the quality and format of the video, it is the “Share” section that we think is the best. When you click on the “Share” button in Camtasia, you can easily share your video on numerous platforms including YouTube, Vimeo, Google Drive and of course download it to your computer for your own purposes.

Audio Recording

Screenflow

If you are looking for a video recorder that captures excellent audio, then Screenflow is the perfect solution for you. One of the main audio features that we love about Screenflow is that it comes with amazing audio filters, allowing you to remove background noise from the video’s audio in just a single click. This makes Screenflow a great choice for videos that require audio recording as well.

Camtasia

Camtasia was largely designed to be a video recording and editing tool. Therefore, while you might be able to get some amazing video recording and editing features, the same cannot be said for audio recording and editing. The tool allows you to capture audio along with the video, but you will not be able to do anything with the audio.

Pros and Cons

As you can probably tell both tools can be useful in different situations. To get a clear idea of which tool works best for you, we have outlined the pros and cons of each tool below.

Screenflow

Pros

  • Screenflow allows users to capture video very quickly and easily
  • Once you capture the video, you can easily edit the video within Camtasia
  • It offers great recording quality, videos that can be played on numerous devices.
  • You can also use it to record and edit audio along with the videos

Cons

  • You have a limited number if on-screen text options
  • Transitions can be difficult to implement

Camtasia

Pros

  • Once you get used to it, the Camtasia interface is easy to use especially because everything is in one place
  • It is in editing that Camtasia excels, allowing you to edit your videos in numerous ways and create high-end videos
  • The editing suite has a simple layout, making it easy to identify and use the numerous editing tools at your disposal
  • You have numerous options when exporting the video both in terms of quality and export format

Cons

  • It is not designed for professional video editing
  • It can be expensive even if some of the features can be found in free tools
  • Additional editing tools are needed to make it better.
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Camtasia Screen Recorder Review

Camtasia Screen Recorder Alternatives

So, which one should you choose? Well, Screenflow is a good solution when you consider that it is much cheaper than Camtasia with roughly the same functionality and features. But Screenflow will only be accessible to you if you have a Mac. Its is only available for Mac users, but when you can use it, it can provide high quality videos for various uses including tutorials, how-to videos and even gameplay recording.

Camtasia is one the best video recording tools in the business. It offers numerous editing features designed to produce high quality video recordings. But it is very expensive as compared to other tools in the business. Yet the fact that is it available for both Windows and Mac systems makes it the ideal choice for most beginners. It also doesn’t hurt that it comes with a treasure trove of tutorials and articles aimed at helping you use the recording and editing features more efficiently.

Alma Elliott

Alma Elliott

staff Editor

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