Creating video tutorial is common for today bloggers and web publishers, because by creating video tutorial/screencast it will save you time and help create a better understanding to your readers. But choosing one that provides the best value for us is sometimes tricky, because there are so many screencast application we can try.
All this trying-things could be time consuming if you have never had any experience before. You have no imagination about what are the ideal capabilities of your video editor to make the best screencast ever. And the aim of this post is to tell you all about that with the best software of your choice based on your preference and budget.
The standard of screencast application/software?
Is it good to have an application that just grab your screen and publish the video as is? Or do you need a software which offer you editing capabilities to make your video more interesting, informative and convincing?
The answer is of course you need the one with more capabilities to shine-up your video, because good video (i.e with additional explanation bubble) will guarantee that your reader will understand what your video is about.
So, the best screencast software must;
- able to record your screen
- able to edit the video (cut and join, annotation, blurring, effect, transition, add audio, etc) prior to publishing.
And based on that standard and my experience doing some screencasts, I will provide you the best screencast application for windows with editing capabilities. Three applications will be discussed here; AVS Video Editor, BB Flashback and Camtasia Studio.
AVS Video Editor vs Camtasia Studio vs BB Flashback Pro
In this comparison, I will cover about the software interface, ease of use (adding text boxes / bubbles, blur) and the most important aspect is their price. I try all of these three software, not the full version eventually.
But I can tell you that the full version of Camtasia Studio and AVS Video Editor has no difference that the trial version, they works the same except the time limit of usage (Camtasia) and added watermark on video created using a trial version of AVS Video Editor.
For BB Flashback, it’s a little bit different. The Express version didn’t give me much shiny feature to try.
1. User Interface
Camtasia and AVS Video Editor, two of there screencast software for windows are relatively similar, divided into three main area; upper left as the source media we can put on the lower area mostly know as timeline, and the upper right is the preview area.
The Media Area consisted from several tabs, from images, video clips, audio, transition and so on. While the timeline is our battle ground to edit our video like cut them and add effect, texts, bubble, audio/music and every things else.
The difference between AVS Video Editor and Camtasia Studio timeline is that AVS Video Editor has predefined LINE of content (video, overlays, audio mix, picture, effect, texts etc). You can add more item in every line as we need more than one line. But you can not move their order from top to bottom.
In Camtasia Studio this slot of content named Track. Track is flexible enough to be filled with anything you wish, you can add different kind of content on the same track as long as they don’t overlap. If you have content need to overlap each other you can create more tracks as you want.
BB Flashback Express player is the editor for video we recorded using BB Flashback Express Record. The interface is as pictured above.There is no media pane but toolbars on the upper part of the program, timeline and preview window at the bottom.
2. Ease of Use
These screen recorder software for Windows don’t require a lot of time to learn, they are pretty simple to use. Screencast require basic edit, the problem in using these software are to know how to do things from the first time, once you know it, that is pretty simple.
BB Flashback Express
BB Flashback Express didn’t give full capabilities to users, you need to buy the pro version to be able to edit your video. On the Express version, you can only edit the appearance of mouse highlight and setting rectangular area of the video. And then export the video into AVI or flash format.
But on the standard/pro version, you can add a lot more effect. Your video can even become interactive according to this video. Since I don’t have more experience rather than record the movie and exporting into AVI, if you want to learn more about BB Flashback pro, you can check this videos.
How easy is to use Camtasia Studio?
It’s pretty easy, for bloggers needs like adding text caption, cutting, adding and adjusting music and back sound or even blurring your critical info on your tutorial, you just need to learn it a couple of time.
If you need to add a callouts for example, navigate away to callouts tab, then drop callouts you want to add on the timeline. Next, adjust the size and position by clicking the object on the timeline to activate the object on the video preview, then do your edit as simple as re-sizing an image in Word Processors.
Every item will display setting and customization option only by clicking the item on the timeline/track. Controlling an audio for example, once it inserted in the timeline and activated, you can increase and decrease the volume or add fade-in and fade-out in one click.
For a complete reference, you may check the video tutorial collection on their website.
AVS Video Editor
How easy is AVS Vedio Editor?
Not really that different than the previous software, AVS Video Editor only need a steep learning curve too.
It is better than Camtasia for you that want to have your assets better organized though, because as I write before, every kind of material has their predefined LINE.
Though you can add more than one movie or audio to overlap each other, you can find it quickly when you need to edit it because the you only need to look at their respective LINE, no need to look the whole line, up from the bottom.
Another operation like cutting your video and audio on the line happened in one click. Add video effect like blur then edit them in their effect properties also pretty easy. The effects seems to be endless to try.
3. Best Price
With all the easiness they offer that almost on the same level I think, these screen recorder software for Windows have a wide difference when it comes to pricing.
The most expensive one is Camtasia Studio that will require you to spend almost $300 to obtain it’s license.
The second most expensive is BB Flashback Pro that will cost you $200 for it’s ability to add annotation and full edit your video. While the Standard version which offer annotation feature, only cost you $90.
In other hand, AVS Video Editor will surprise you for only costing you $60 with additional 15 software from AVS4YOU.com. That is also far better option rather than their yearly subscription for $40. AVS4YOU Unlimited + Subscription, Yearly Subscription.
The Recap: Best screen recorder software for Windows:
Before you decide to buy which Screen Recorder software to start making tutorials, I want to recap this comparison just to make it more clear for you about the advantage/disadvantage.
BB Flashback Pro/Standard: Pretty simple editor with capabilities to make an interactive video.
Camtasia Studio: Very easy to use with unrestricted object positioning on every track. Theme is also a big advantage to help you build your branding identity.
AVS Video Editor: Simplicity at your hand, better management of objects on their predefined line. With additional video, audio, image and more multimedia tools at your disposal for a very low cost – lowest than all – it’s irresistible. I personally choose AVS Video Editor!
BB Flashback: The UI is a bit uncommon, there is no blurring effect rather than adding balloon. Relatively expensive for that value.
Camtasia Studio: The unrestricted tracks could be advantage but also can make you feels like lost, especially if you work with video with a lot of objects in it. The most expensive one, too expensive I think.
AVS Video Editor: Need to click object properties to edit them further like re-size and moving things around.