When comparing Camtasia vs Greenshot (for Windows), the Slant community recommends Greenshot (for Windows) for most people. In the question“What are the best screen capture tools for Windows?” Greenshot (for Windows) is ranked 3rd while Camtasia is ranked 12th. The most important reason people chose Greenshot (for Windows) is:
Greenshot is licensed under GPL with source code available on [BitBucket](https://bitbucket.org/greenshot/greenshot).
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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 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 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 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 Easy to learn and use
Show somebody something real quick or create a commercial grade production with a little practice.
Pro Free and open source
Greenshot is licensed under GPL with source code available on BitBucket.
Pro Can capture an entire webpage
Instead of just capturing the visible portion of the page, this tool can capture all of the page in one image by scrolling through the page, taking images at set points and then stitching the images together.
Pro Allows annotating, highlighting and obfuscating screenshots
Pro Freezes screen when you capture
When you enter a capture mode, the screen content is preserved as it was when you started capturing.
Pro Can be quickly invoked with the print screen button
Pressing the print screen button will allow you to select the captured area.
Pro Classic UI design makes it easy to use.
Pro Selecting custom rectangle is the default
Easy to use selection tool with a magnifier to select only the part of the screen that you need.
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 This version only works on Windows, not Linux nor Mac
However, the same author now has a separate version of Greenshot for iOS, which is available (for a small fee) in the Mac App Store at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/greenshot/id1103915944