Camtasia vs Filmora [2021]: 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 2020) 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.

FeatureCamtasiaFilmora
Free trial✔ (30 days)(unlimited)
Price*$249.99$79.99
Transitions31233
Titles28276
Video effects10287
LUT support
Green screen
Motion tracking
Keyframing
Zoom and pan
Screen recorder
Cursor effects165
Audio effects57
Record voice over
Video file exports412
Audio file exportM4AMP3
SystemPC, MacPC, Mac
*One-time fee

Pricing

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

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

Camtasia comes with 31 different transitions.

In terms of what the transitions are like, they are okay. Just okay.

To be honest, I only really use their Fade transition because the others (e.g. Wheel) look slightly amateurish.

Camtasia 2020 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

Titles

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 2020 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 10 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 2020 video effect examples

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 28 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 2020 screen recorder

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 2020 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 too, which is handy when recording voice overs.

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.

Another cool feature included in Filmora is their audio ducking. With audio ducking you can automatically lower the volume of background tracks when there are periods where you have a voice over, for example.

💪 Winner = Filmora
Filmora has slightly more audio editing features

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
MP4
WMV
AVI
GIF
HEVC
MOV
F4V
MKV
TS
3GP
MPEG-2
WEBM

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

CamtasiaFilmora
SystemWindows 10 (64-bit)
version 1607
Windows 7 (64-bit)
Processor2.8 Ghz 6th Generation
Intel Core i3 Processor
(2 CPU cores)
or
2.8 Ghz 1st Generation
AMD Ryze 3 Processor
(2 CPU cores)
Intel i3
or
better multicore processor
(2 GHz or above)
RAM8 GB4 GB
(8 GB for HD/4K videos)
Disk space4 GB10 GB

Mac systems

CamtasiaFilmora
SystemmacOS 10.13macOS v10.12 (Sierra)
ProcessorIntel Core i5 Processor
(4 CPU cores)
Intel i5
or
better multicore processor
(2 GHz or above)
RAM4 GB8 GB
(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 SideHustleTeach.com

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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