What is the Best Video Editing Program?

I was recently tasked with making and editing a video. There are many free programs on the market but none of them had all the options I wanted. I asked a friend what is the best video editing program and he told me about Camtasia by TechSmith. Within one day I was producing and editing my first YouTube video.

Camtasia Website

How Easy It Was to Set Up Camtasia

Camtasia was super easy to download and install. I followed the instructions and had Camtasia up and running on my laptop within 5 minutes. There’s not much to say about the install, so I’m wondering why I even brought it up here.

Let me take the time here to tell you about Camtasia’s incredible tutorials. They have about any tutorial video a beginner or advanced user could want. Well, an advance user may want more but since I am a beginner, I can’t really speak to the advance part yet.

You just go to the tutorial section the website and they will walk you through the video editing process, step by step.

Camtasia tutorials

Creating a New Project in Camtasia

Below is the first image that comes up upon opening Camtasia. You can create a new project or open an existing one.

Camtasia new project window
From here you are taken to the main video editing screen. It is blank to start with as I have not begun to record and there is nothing shown to edit.

Camtasia main editing window
The next step is to begin recording your first video.

Camtasia recording menu
You can select full screen recording or capture a portion of your screen. There are some additional controls, including audio controls.

After you end your 1st recording the main video editing box re-displays. You will now see our video in the Track 1 box at the bottom of the screen.

Camtasia video editing mode
Before I start adding video effects, I want to watch my video and trim out any unwanted sections. I can drag the bar to wherever I want to start trimming and select the trim icon, then drag the bar to where I want to stop the edit and select trim again. I then right click on the unwanted section of the video and select “delete.”

Trimming a video
After I trim out all the unwanted sections I add some annotations before each primary section as shown below. First I create the annotation. You can find this annotation menu near the top left of the screen.

Camtasia Annotations - Unique Callout
You can see that the Unique Callout in the blue text box is centered over the image but I would like to have it placed before the video. I click on Track 1 and pull the video to the right to make room for the annotation. I then click on the annotation box located in the Track 2 row and pull it down to the location in front of Track 1. See the image below.

Annotation before the video
You can see that my annotation is now on a black background and is located in front of the video and both of these are now shown in the Track 1 row.

Next, I would like to add an arrow to point out a large rock in the video. The arrow effect is also located in the annotation menu. You can change the size, color, rotation and much more in the tool box located in the top right portion of the screen.

Adding an arrow point to a rock
It’s now time to add some audio transition as I don’t like a hard entry into the video. I locate the Audio Effects menu in the top left of the screen and click on it. Several options come up and I select the Fade In effect. I select it and pull it down into Track 1. It’s that simple.

Audio effects
Lastly, I would like to have the image fade in and out from one video section to another. This can be easily accomplished by going to the Transitions menu at the top left of the screen. Select the Fade effect and pull it down to Track 1.

Video transitions
As a beginner at video editing, this is plenty to do on my first run. The reason this was so easy for me to do is that the program is laid out well and the tutorials are incredibly easy to follow.

Now it’s time to save my new video.

Save the video
Saving a video is like saving any other program. You select the directory and give the file a name. Now it’s time to share your video with the world.

Share your video
You can see there are several options to share with. I am only sharing this new video on YouTube for now. Select the YoutTube icon at the top right of the screen and a Share Settings screen will pop up.

Share settings
This a great option because it allows you to put in the title of the video, a description and tags. You have the ability to save to multiple YouTube sites. I have three YouTube sites and this particular video will be saved to my Freed from Work site.

Once you select Finish, the program processes the video and automatically uploads it to YouTube. I have used YouTube in the past to upload videos and I must admit that using Camtasia makes the process much easier.

YouTube video
Now it’s time to let the world enjoy your first Camtasia video on YouTube.

Camtasia is not free but after trying out five other FREE video editing programs, I am happy to pay for a great product. Every thing I need is in this program. I am a beginner but Camtasia has made my video editing experience much easier.

I would love to hear your comments on Camtasia when you end up trying it.

Oh, and I almost forgot to tell you. Camtasia has a 30-day trial period so you can check it out for FREE.

It’s hard to beat that.

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