We know that everyone has their own style of video creation because we’ve already seen your different audio & visual setups. But for this discussion, we’d love to know which software you are using to pull it all together?
Which editing software do you use and why do you use it?
I use Camtasia for screencast recording and video editing and Audacity for audio editing.
The reason I chose Camtasia is that Udemy (5+ years ago) partnered with Techsmiths to provide instructors 50% OFF licenses, so I got it at a discounted price, it suits my needs well, and with the maintenance plan, I always get the latest version every year. I use Audacity because it's free, and it works very well.
I think that old promotion is also what sucked me in with Camtasia, and I still use it to this day.
It does what I need, but I have to admit the licensing fee for it seems a bit high for what it is. It's also annoying that I need to buy additional licenses for every computer I might edit on.
I do wish Camtasia offered some more modern-looking motion graphics, lower-thirds, and intro/outro templates though. Even with their add-on packages there's not much that really looks like the style I have in mind.
I've never used DaVinci Resolve, but I've been eyeing it with curiosity...
I agree that the licensing isn't as great as it needs to be, but, overall, I don't think it's too bad when you compare it to Adobe and others in the software industry that use a monthly subscription business model.
It's not the best software in the industry, is very CPU intensive (doesn't like using GPU power) and I agree that TechSmith hasn't really innovated their animations library, but it gets the job done, is easy to use, and suits the needs for probably 90% of the instructors here.
How do you approach editing the video and the audio - do you feed the video into Camtasia first to edit the video/cut sections that you don't want and THEN feed the audio into Audacity and reattach to the video?
I currently use DaVinci Resolve 18, but I have used Camtasia Studio 8. I recommend Camtasia to anyone that needs nothing more but simple editing and a screen recording incorporated within the software. Camtasia is really great, still DaVinci is the winner for me!
I use Camtasia and use Izotope RX for audio editing. I find RX is great for easily cleaning up sounds and especially removal of breath sounds. The automated removal of breaths has really sped up my video editing times.
Thanks for sharing Izotope RX. I'm currently using Audacity with plugins to de-ess and remove breathing sounds, but Izotope RX seems like a better solution. Are you able to set up macros to automate the audio editing process with it?
Camtasia. At this stage, I don't want to spend any more time than necessary editing. Camtasia is extremely powerful, yet also easy to use, and with the Assets Pack, I get tons of customizable, prebuilt, professional looking and sounding material. It's all I need for now.
I use and like Camtasia as its easy to use and they have good supporting tutorials. Plus lots of other tutorials on YouTube and courses on Udemy. I am not a video editing expert at all but can I am on camera and also will do some screen shares.