by Kevin Siegel, CTT, COTP
TechSmith recently released Camtasia 2018. (You can purchase the software directly from TechSmith or try the software free for 30 days via the trial download).
At first glance, there’s little difference between Camtasia 9 for the PC and version 2018. However, if you check out the tools at the left, you’ll see the Media Bin and the Library have been separated (they used to be grouped together as Media tools). While I do like the tools separated (this is how they were listed in older versions of Camtasia), this minor change isn't anything to get overly excited about.
Things get a bit more exciting if you visit the Library. TechSmith has enhanced the free assets in Camtasia 2018, and they're pretty nice. For instance, check out the dude in the image below. You'll find him and many more like him in the People folder. To preview an asset, double-click it. To use any Library asset in your project, simply drag it onto the Timeline.
What's better than the enhanced free assets that now come standard in the Camtasia Library? Check out the Download more assets link at the bottom of the Library.
For $199 a year TechSmith offers a new subscription service providing access to more than 500,000 assets such as videos, images, and photographs. You can download and use the assets in any Camtasia project.
I wanted to see what kind of assets were available from TechSmith so I searched the Image library for Pizza. I wasn't disappointed with the resulting selection (although I was hungry by this point).
I then went for "cute" and searched the video library for puppy. Once again, I was not disappointed.
Can't afford the $199 fee? Many of the assets you’ll find on the site after clicking the link are free.
In the image below, the group of icons at the left is free; the one on the right is available only if you pay the subscription fee. (Notice the gift box icon below the assets on the left indicating that the group is free to download and use.)
All that you need to do is download the assets, double-click the libzip file, and the icons are imported into your Camtasia Library.
As with all Library assets already installed, using the newly downloaded assets is as easy as dragging and dropping from the Library to the Timeline.
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Kevin Siegel, CTT, COTP, is the founder and president of IconLogic. Following a career in Public Affairs with the U.S. Coast Guard and in private industry, Kevin has spent decades as a technical communicator, classroom and online trainer, public speaker, and has written hundreds of computer training books for adult learners. He has been recognized by Adobe as one of the top trainers world-wide.
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