Camtasia vs Filmora [Feb 2022]: Ultimate Side-By-Side Comparison

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I’ve been a Camtasia user for many years now; however, I recently tried out Filmora to see how it compares, and I was pretty impressed!

So, this got me thinking about a Camtasia vs Filmora showdown.

In this article, I’ll compare the main features of the latest versions of Camtasia (Camtasia 2021) and Filmora (Filmora X) to see which one comes out on top.

So, let’s get to it.

Camtasia vs Filmora: Overview

Before I dive into the detailed comparison, I thought I would firstly give you an overview table that provides a quick glance at the differences between Camtasia and Filmora.

Free trial✔ (30 days)(unlimited)
Video effects13287
LUT support
Green screen
Motion tracking
Zoom and pan
Screen recorder
Cursor effects165
Audio effects67
Record voice over
Video file exports412
Audio file exportM4AMP3
SystemPC, MacPC, Mac
*One-time fee


I’m going to start off this Camtasia vs Filmora comparison with a breakdown of perhaps the deal breaker for some – the cost.

It’s worth noting that both video editors have various price plans. I’ll just be comparing their most popular one-time fee option here.

Camtasia costs $249.99 for an individual licence.

If you’d like to receive future versions of Camtasia, you then need to purchase their Maintenance plan separately ($49.75 per year).

On the other hand, Filmora costs a one-time fee of $79.99.

Alternatively, you can pay $49.99 per year to always have access to the latest version of Filmora.

💪 Winner = Filmora
Filmora is ~$170 cheaper than Camtasia!


Transitions are short animations that are commonly applied to the gap between two video clips.

Camtasia comes with 121 different transitions.

Camtasia 2021 comes with a lot more transitions than the previous version. And it’s not just the amount of transitions that has improved, the quality of them is so much better!

To be honest, I only really use their Fade transition – I’m not very adventurous – but most of them look great and I can see YouTubers being attracted to these.

Camtasia 2021 transition examples

Filmora comes with 233 different transitions as standard, with more readily available via their FilmStock library.

But it’s not just the quantity that’s in Filmora’s favor, they also have far better looking transitions than Camtasia.

Take their Warp Zoom transitions, for example. These super slick animations give the appearance of zooming in or out quickly to blend into the next clip.

Filmora transition examples

💪 Winner = Filmora
Filmora has a much higher number and better quality transitions, compared with Camtasia


If, like me, you’re not very creative, then you’ll likely want to use title presets to add high-quality text to your videos.

Both Camtasia and Filmora come with title presets as standard.

Camtasia includes approximately 28 different titles, such as intros and lower thirds.

More title presets can be downloaded from the Camtasia Assets Library. Some require a paid subscription for access, whereas others are free!

Below are examples of some of the lower-third titles that are included in Camtasia 2020.

Camtasia 2021 lower third examples

Filmora on the other hand comes with 276 different titles that are ready to use (some require an internet connection to download).

Additionally, more free and premium titles can be downloaded from their FilmStock library.

Filmora X title examples

💪 Winner = Filmora
Again, Filmora has more high-quality title presets to play with

Video effects

As well as adding transitions, sprinkling a few video effects will also make your videos look better.

Within the video effects section of Camtasia, you will only find 13 different effects to use; examples include:

  • Clip speed (speed up or slow down a clip)
  • Remove a color (such as the green screen effect)
  • Color adjustment
Camtasia 2021 video effects

On the other hand, Filmora comes with 287 different video effects.

As well as having the ability to apply a green screen effect and adjust the clip speed, Filmora also has a motion tracking feature (you can see an example of this in my Filmora review).

The majority of effects are filters and overlays. These are presets that can change how your clips look by adjusting the colors and frames.

Filmora X video effect examples

Speaking of color adjustments, Filmora also supports Look-Up Tables (LUTs) whereas Camtasia currently doesn’t.

💪 Winner = Filmora
Filmora has 22 times more fancy video effects (included LUT support) compared with Camtasia

Screen recording

As well as being video editors, both Camtasia and Filmora have integrated screen recorders so you can capture your desktop or applications.

Both screen recorders allow you to capture your:

  • Screen (either full or a custom window size)
  • Microphone audio
  • Computer audio
  • Camera

Below is a preview of Camtasia’s recording bar.

Camtasia 2021 recording bar

Filmora’s recording bar looks very similar to Camtasia’s, however, there are more options hidden away.

Here you will find options to record multiple monitors at the same time. This is possible in Camtasia, but it is not as straightforward.

Filmora X screen recorder

A notable difference between the two software when it comes to screen recording is that Filmora saves the videos as an MP4 file, whereas Camtasia saves them as TREC files.

TREC files can only be opened with Camtasia, so this means you will have to use Camtasia to edit the files.

💪 Winner = Draw
Both have decent screen recorders

Cursor effects

If you plan on recording your desktop, then you may want to add effects to your cursor so it is easy to follow.

Camtasia handles cursor effects very well.

In total there are 16 different effects that can be applied, including:

  • Cursor smoothing
  • Highlight
  • Magnify
  • Spotlight

There are also separate options for the left- and right-mouse clicks such as a ripple effect or playing a sound.

You can also remove the cursor completely.

Camtasia 2021 cursor effects

Filmora’s cursor effects are rather limited in comparison.

It’s only possible to show mouse clicks (with a green, yellow, red or purple ring) and play a sound upon the mouse click.

That’s it.

Also, you have to specify the cursor effects before you capture the screen recording, whereas in Camtasia you can apply the cursor effects after you have captured the recording.

Filmora X cursor effects

💪 Winner = Camtasia
Camtasia has more options when it comes to cursor effects

Audio effects

When it comes to editing the audio on the timeline, both software can do the basic effects:

  • Fade in
  • Fade out
  • Change clip speed
  • Adjust the gain

Both Camtasia and Filmora can also remove unwanted background noise and apply an audio ducking effect; these are handy to use when you have voice overs in a video.

I would say that Filmora has more advanced audio editing abilities, since it includes the option to add and edit an equalizer. You can also adjust the pitch of audio tracks.

💪 Winner = Filmora
This was a close one, but Filmora just has the edge

Video and audio export options

When it comes to exporting your projects, either video or audio, each software has different options.

With Camtasia, you can only export videos as MP4, WMV, AVI or GIF formats, whereas Filmora supports 12 different formats.

Have a look at the table below for a summary of the different formats.

Video formatCamtasiaFilmora

If you prefer to upload directly to a social media platform, then you’ll be happy to hear both software can upload directly to YouTube and Vimeo.

When it comes to exporting audio files, Camtasia can do this in M4A format, whereas Filmora supports MP3 only.

💪 Winner = Filmora
Both can export video in MP4, but Filmora has more options for those that need it

Minimum system requirements

You’ll find the minimum system requirements for Camtasia and Filmora to run on Windows and Mac operating systems in the tables below.

Keep in mind that these are the absolute minimum requirements. It’s always best to have better hardware, especially when editing high-quality video files.

Windows systems

SystemWindows 10 (64-bit)
version 1709
Windows 7 (64-bit)
Processor6th Generation
Intel Core i3 Processor
1st Generation
AMD Ryzen 3 Processor
Intel i3
better multicore processor
(2 GHz or above)
(8 GB for HD/4K videos)
Disk space4 GB10 GB

Mac systems

SystemmacOS 10.14macOS v10.12 (Sierra)
Processor6th Generation
Intel Core i5 Processor
Intel i5
better multicore processor
(2 GHz or above)
(16 GB for HD/4K videos)
Disk space4 GB10 GB

Camtasia vs Filmora: Which one should you get?

So I think it’s time for me to wrap up this Camtasia vs Filmora comparison by giving you some straight up advice.

You may be thinking, surely the winner is Filmora, it’s a no brainer – isn’t it?

Well, if your aim is to create video tutorials where you record your screen and add a voice over, then I recommend you go for Camtasia. It’s easier to use, and the cursor effects will certainly come in handy.

However, if you want to edit videos and add cool looking transitions, titles and effects (e.g. making a vlog for YouTube), then I would say go for Filmora.

It’s worth mentioning again that both software come with a free trial. So, don’t just take my word for it. Give them both a go yourself.

If you’ve decided to go with one over the other, let me know in the comments below. I’m always interested to hear what people think.

Further reading on

If you haven’t already noticed, I have previously written a detailed Camtasia review and Filmora review. So, if you like the look of either of these, my reviews should hopefully give you more information on what to expect.

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21 thoughts on “Camtasia vs Filmora [Feb 2022]: Ultimate Side-By-Side Comparison”

  1. I was about to purchase Camtasia, then decided to look for alternatives. Came across this article. My main reason for looking for alternative was not the initial price ($249), but the fact that once i went to my shopping cart, i was inundated with additional add-ons that made their $249 version sound like a stripped-down jalopy. Filmora seems to offer the same or more of everything (except cursor options, which seems to me to almost be a dig directed toward Camtasia. Filmora could easily add 100 cursor options i’m sure. Anyway, thanks for the article.

  2. I downloaded Filmora and it looked too complicated, so I went with Clideo. What a disaster! I was about to go with Camtasia, but after this showdown I’m going to give Filmora another shot. Thanks for the info!

  3. I own paid versions of both. If you need to record an external monitor or multiple monitors, you will need Camtasia. Filmora does not do it natively. I do think there is a software package of some sort that will enable Filmora to do it.

  4. Thanks. I have Filmora but was tempted to try Camtasia. You comparison review saved me the effort.

    Many thanks. I will stick with Filmora.

  5. Absolutely love the way you have called out the comparative differences in features. I was just about to click ‘buy’ on Camtasia this morning since I have used it at work for over 7 years. However for personal use the price seemed a bit hefty for my pocket. Decided to do some research and found your link to alternatives for Camtasia which finally led me here. Thank you very much :) I am buying ‘Filmora’. Yay!

  6. Amazingly sorted out comparison. It has proved to be of great help to me. Since I’m a beginner in video editing, I’ll go with Camtasia first and then for Filmora later on for advanced video editing. Hope I eventually become good at this skill. But thanks for your help.


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