When comparing Camtasia vs Irfanview, the Slant community recommends Irfanview for most people. In the question“What are the best screen capture tools for Windows?” Irfanview is ranked 14th while Camtasia is ranked 15th.
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Pro Built-in Video Editor to Edit video after recording
- Multiple media layers
- Cut, join, insert freeze frame, change volume
- Annotate with shapes and images
Pro Can record audio
Record audio from the room (via microphone) or from your device. Add sound later if you want. Or not at all.
Pro Tutorial instruction is plentiful
There are hundreds of tutorial lessons among the TechSmith, YouTube, and Udemy sites. The presentations are clear and small enough to assimilate quickly and easily.
Pro Quick start with incremental ramp-up
Although the initial workspace screen may look daunting, with just a little instruction it's quite easy to navigate. More advanced features can be brought in as needed.
Pro Easy to learn and use
Show somebody something real quick or create a commercial grade production with a little practice.
Pro Some editing tools included (cropping, color correcting, etc...)
Pro Lots of plugins available
Plugins can be found here.
Pro You can just scroll with your mouse to explore images
Pro Recognizes virtually any image format
Pro Ultra fast
If you press and hold the right-arrow button (for displaying the next image), you can watch images pass by as if they are a video, it's that fast. No stuttering, it loads images as fast as your hard drive can keep up.
Pro Batch processing
Even exif information can be batch processed.
Pro Can use 8bf (Photoshop) filters
Con $200 price tag
If you're not recording your screen on a regular basis, one of the free options might be a better choice.
Con Quite complex for novice users
Con GIF viewing is buggy
GIF viewing has longstanding problems like flickering, incorrect framerate or artifacts, and it is very unlikely that it will be ever fixed.
Con Windows only
Con UI is far from ideal
Sometimes the interface is confusing.
Con Preferences are hard to find
Con No transparency support
The alpha is converted to the selected background color upon opening a picture. When saving the picture again, you can select a color which is converted to alpha again.