Software Review: TechSmith’s Snagit Video & Image Capturing

Company: TechSmith

Website: http://www.techsmith.com

Software: Snagit

Version: 12.0.0

Trail: 15 Days Free

Cost: $49.95

 

Snagit is a screen or area capturing software which can work with various image types as well as video. The software is really much more than that… It is an all in one solution for editing and customizing of the media which was captured. This allows for one tool to prepare the material that you need for app development, business presentation, general reporting or web design (just to name a few). With a nice free trial, anyone can validate the software before purchase; it is a sure fire win for most anyone needing this type of software. Prior to using SnagIt, I have used other brands of this type of software but each has limitations when you compare against the sheer power of the TechSmith solution. CNET reviewed an older version of this software and called it “the Swiss army knife” of photo editing tools.

With the cross hair accuracy during capturing it is easy and very precise to select exactly which part(s) of the image (video) you desire. Many times, during capturing, it is a small area such as a boarder you are trying to cut out. With the cross hair and magnification at the focal point of

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example of Library

the target area – it can be pin point accurate. Notably, the tool has a smart feature which will highlight objects during selection so if you wanted to capture a message box, it will auto select the message box – if that is not the desired area simply move the cursor. The scrolling feature is also a nice addition compared to other software sampled. While capturing a region, often there is a scrolling section that is needed. For example, a webpage or email window, may need to be captured. With the scrolling feature, when selected, the Snagit tool will automatically scroll and capture the entire region for you. To take all of this image capturing and editing a step further, once the image have been captures, you have the option to resize the capture prior to moving the file to the Snagit editor. This saves time (if you are like me) and just miss the starting point of the picture. Now, instead of restarting, I am able to finish the capture and adjust my starting line(s).

The highlight of version 12.0 is the new ability to edit video.

snagit video edit

snagit video edit

With the built in tools, you can remove sections of videos in seconds. After the capture, simply move the markers on the timeline to the desired “ends” of the section to remove and click “cut”. It is that simple, and now the section which did not belong has been removed. This is great for Vloggers, video-casters, or editing of any video in general. TechSmith nailed this one – and has put themselves way ahead of the pack when it comes to inexpensive all in one packages.

Since receiving a copy of this software – I have been able to complete editing, callouts, special effects (both canned and custom) for my blog and other sites. This has also proven to be a great tool while creating standardized work or job instructions. While creating these documents I am able to take screen shots, edit, and place directly into Microsoft Office. That way – I am creating the instructions

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example of call-outs

while actually performing the task. Since this software allows for easy transfer into Office products – I am able to create items “real time.”  Plus, with Snagit’s comprehensive library organizer, labeling and sorting for my blog has been much easier. When it comes to time – I do not have much free time left and this tools easy to use GUI has made it much easier for project completion. The software is designed for both advanced and novice users and is a must have for anyone who captures video, or images.

Techsmith’s Snagit has also become the official tool for “The Business Dude’s” blog. (www.thebusinessdudeblog.com).

 

 

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