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  • Easier to use
  • Only $59.95 instead of $249
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Screen Capture Studio for Mac vs. Camtasia for Mac Review

Camtasia from TechSmith is one of the most well-known screen recorders for Mac. It is a good program, for sure; but its relatively high price and complicated interface may send you on a hunt for other software. There is a good alternative – Movavi Screen Capture Studio for Mac. It offers more functionality, is user-friendly, and has a good-value price.

To prove that Movavi Screen Capture Studio is a good Camtasia alternative for Mac, we’ll compare* the two programs according to the following criteria:

1.User Interface

Screen Capture Studio has a more intuitive and user-friendly interface

Camtasia alternative
Camtasia (Mac) 2
Alternative to Camtasia
Screen Capture Studio for Mac 4

If you have never dealt with professional screen recording software, you’ll likely have problems working with Camtasia, as its interface is not very intuitive, and you’ll need some time to master it. Screen Capture Studio is far easier to use: all its important functions are accessible from the main window, so you can easily use them to start recording right away without digging down into additional settings.

2.Screen Capture Options and Tools

The screen recording features in both programs are very similar

In the table below, you’ll see a comparison between the key recording options in both programs:

Comparison parameters TechSmith
Camtasia (Mac) 2
Screen Capture Studio for Mac 4
Video capture    
Adjustable capture frame size + +
Online video capture + +
Webcam recording + +
Recording timer - +
Audio capture    
System sound + +
Microphone + +
Screenshot capture    
Take screenshots + +
Edit screenshots - +
Save in different formats PNG, JPG, BMP 10+ formats

As you can see, both programs offer almost the same screen capture tools and options. Screen Capture Studio does include a few extras, like scheduling recording time, which can be convenient if you don’t want to spend time monitoring the recording process yourself. It also includes a powerful screenshot editor, while Camtasia only lets you take screenshots.

3.Editing Options

Both programs offer multiple video editing tools, but Movavi’s video editor is more user-friendly

To create a video tutorial from your recorded material or make the captured video look more professional, you need special editing tools. Luckily, both Screen Capture Studio and Camtasia have built-in video editing apps. We compare their main features and characteristics in the table below:

Comparison parameters TechSmith
Camtasia (Mac) 2
Screen Capture Studio for Mac 4
Simple interface -
View screenshot
View screenshot
Timeline + +
Cut and split + +
Add music and voiceover + +
Special effects + +
Titles + +
Animated transitions + +

Camtasia for Mac has a good video editor, but its interface is rather complicated. Even the simplest tasks, such as trimming and cutting a video clip, may be problematic for inexperienced users.

Screen Capture Studio’s video editor has a similar set of functions to Camtasia, but is much simpler to use. It is suitable for both advanced users and those without extensive technical skills.

4.Technical Support

Both programs offer good support to users

How to get help from Movavi or TechSmith? In the table below, you’ll see the levels of technical support provided by the two vendors:

Comparison parameters TechSmith
Camtasia (Mac) 2
Screen Capture Studio for Mac 4
Manuals and instructions + +
Email + +
Live chat 4 hours a day 18 hours a day
Community (Facebook and others) + +

You can quickly learn how to work with Screen Capture Studio and Camtasia for Mac in tutorials on the companies’ websites. You can also use email or live chat to contact the technical support team.


Screen Capture Studio is a value buy

You can buy the full version of Camtasia for Mac for $249, which is considerably more expensive than Screen Capture Studio, which costs only $59.95 while offering similar set of functions. If you want to try the programs before purchasing, you can visit the official pages of Movavi Screen Capture Studio and Camtasia for Mac to download their trial versions.

Both Movavi and TechSmith offer high-quality software for recording screen and editing video. Why choose Screen Capture Studio over Camtasia?

  • Similar recording and editing features
  • Simpler to use
  • Competitive price: $59.95 instead of $249

Disclaimer: Please be aware that Movavi Screen Capture Studio for Mac does not allow the capture of copy-protected video and audio.

*For this review, we used Screen Capture Studio for Mac 4 (the full version) and Camtasia (Mac) 2 (the full version).

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