When comparing Camtasia vs ShareX, the Slant community recommends ShareX for most people. In the question“What are the best screen capture tools for Windows?” ShareX is ranked 1st while Camtasia is ranked 12th. The most important reason people chose ShareX is:
ShareX is licensed under GPL with source code available on [GitHub](https://github.com/ShareX/ShareX).
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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
ShareX is licensed under GPL with source code available on GitHub.
Pro Allows uploading to a vast number of different services
Designed as file uploader in the first place, ShareX supports overhelming amount of services for you to upload your files to and the list is expanding.
Pro Can capture video too
Apart from still images, ShareX allows the user to record unlimited video with all the options available for normal image capture.
Pro Has an editor
It has its own screen editing tool.
You can choose what shortcut key to bind your command to, as well what host it uploads the file to.
Pro Capturing (screen, video, a window, etc.) with annotation + automation
Capturing (screen, video, a window, etc.) with annotation + automation makes for some powerful workflows.
Annotation is key for research on any project size. Capturing screenshots, editing them ("annotating"), converting to a PNG, removing the background to make a transparent version, saving to google drive, creating large+med+sm sizes, uploading thumbnails, is an example of a workflow you could create. The list goes on...
You'll find the same strength & depth in features for image handling also for text, videos, other files by type, and on and on..
Pro It has a dead simple way for creating animated GIFs
It is great for creating software tutorials or highlighting new features in a sales function - nothing beats a well-placed animated GIF in an email.
Pro Freezes screen when you capture
When you enter a capture mode, the screen content is preserved as it was when you started capturing by default. However there is a special "Light" mode where the screen does not freeze.
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 Scrolling window capture doesn't work always as expected
Sometimes might need to use another screen capture software to capture a scrolling page.
Con The editor is rather simplistic
Con Too complicated
This is extremely customizable, but extremely complex! If you want something simple and intuitive out of the box, stay away from ShareX.