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Thanks to everyone for the suggestions and insights.
After reading all the comments, I wonder if Camtasia would be the best route to go. Movavi is about half the price (although they have it on sale for about 1/3 the price), but Camtasia must have a much larger user base (more experts to reach out to when you need assistance) and probably better support. Both of those have to be considered when comparing price.
Captivate looks like a good product, but I'm worried that it might have a steep learning curve. I'd like to be able to get up and running as quickly as possible.
On Thursday, October 17, 2013 8:25 PM, Chris Morton <salt -dot- morton -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:
Hmmm, well I found it pretty easy to edit the dead spaces in Camtasia, so
having to work slowly to avoid mistakes wasn't of any consequence. I was
also able to record the scripted audio separately in a digital sound booth
(my laptop in my parked car, to which I attached a mid-level Shure
microphone), then easily match up the audio which what I'd recorded in
In postproduction phase, Camtasia also let me easily zoom in to key areas
of the screen and add callouts.
What I liked best was, since it comes from TechSmith, Camtasia is devoid of
the usual somewhat buggy, feature bloatware overkill found in many of
today's Adobe products. And I believe that Camtasia's learning curve is a
fraction of Captivate's.
On Thu, Oct 17, 2013 at 3:29 PM, Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>wrote:
> Working with Captivate for the last couple of days reminded me of one
> of its huge strengths over video-style recorders: you don't have to do
> things in real time. Only actions are recorded, the amount of time in
> between has no effect, so you can take time to read the script and
> work slowly to avoid mistakes.
> On Thu, Oct 17, 2013 at 10:48 AM, Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>
> > Captivate costs $30 a month. Get the 30-day free trial and see how
> > efficient it is and whether there's an output format that works well
> > on iOS.
> > I find its annotated, editable animations ave a lot of time over
> > working with video.
> > On Wed, Oct 16, 2013 at 6:18 AM, Debbi Crum <debbi -dot- crum -at- yahoo -dot- com>
> >> My next project is video tutorials for an iPad app. My employer would
> >> me to find a less expensive alternative to Camtasia or Captivate.
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