Movavi vs Camtasia [May 2021]: Which One Should You Buy?

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In this article, I’ll be putting the two video editor and screen recording heavyweights together in an ultimate Movavi vs Camtasia comparison.

Specifically, I’ll comparing the main features of the Movavi Video Suite and Camtasia.

Just a note before I start. The Movavi Video Suite includes the separate Video Editor and Screen Recorder softwares, which makes a fair comparison to the all-in-one Camtasia software.

So, let’s get to it.

Movavi vs Camtasia: Overview

If you’re in a rush, I’ve put together a comparison table for the main features of Movavi vs Camtasia.

Below the table, I’ll go into a bit more detail about some of these differences.

Free trial✔ (7 days)(30 days)
Price$199.95 (lifetime)$249.99 (lifetime)
Video effects1113
LUT support
Green screen
Zoom and pan
Screen recorder
Cursor effects516
Audio effects116
Record voice over
Video file exports154
Audio file exports6M4A
SystemPC, MacPC, Mac


I think it’s quite appropriate to start this Movavi vs Camtasia comparison by seeing how the two software are priced.

The Movavi Video Suite has two main price plans:

  • Yearly subscription – $79.95
  • Lifetime (Business) subscription – $199.95

If you prefer to purchase the Video Editor or Record Screen parts of the Suite separately, you can! This would be a cheaper approach if you just prefer the one software.

Camtasia is slightly more expensive, coming in at $249.99 for a lifetime licence.

It’s worth noting that you can also purchase their Maintenance plan at checkout (additional $49.75 per year). Doing this would mean you will always have access to the latest versions of Camtasia, with new versions usually being released yearly.

💪 Winner = Movavi
Movavi’s lifetime licence is $50 cheaper than Camtasia’s


Let’s now switch the attention to the different transitions available with Movavi and Camtasia.

Movavi comes with 126 different transitions to play with.

These transitions range from the traditions fades, to the more modern zoom effects.

Overall, the transitions available in Movavi are pretty impressive.

It’s also worth noting that there are many more transitions to be found in the Movavi Effects Store (for an additional fee).

Movavi Video Suite 2021 transition examples

In the latest version of Camtasia (2021), there is now 121 different transitions to pick from.

I would say many of them are similar to the transitions found in Movavi, with very minor differences.

A selection of the transitions available in Camtasia 2021 can be found in the screenshot below.

Camtasia 2021 transition examples

💪 Winner = Draw
It’s too close to call; both have very good options


Both Movavi and Camtasia also come with some title templates for you to use.

Movavi has 48 different titles to play with.

Most titles are already animated, so you just have to adjust the text, animation speed and color.

Unfortunatley, it seems like you cannot edit the animations of the titles themselves.

I’ve included a snapshot of just a few titles available within Movavi.

Movavi Video Suite 2021 title examples

Camtasia includes approximately 28 different titles as standard.

On the face of it, the titles in Camtasia are not as visually appealing compared with Movavi’s.

However, you can manually edit the individual components of the title presets with Camtasia. This means you have more flexibility to tweak the animations to your needs.

Below are just a few examples of the lower-third titles that are included in Camtasia 2021.

Camtasia 2021 lower third examples

If you want access to more titles, you can download separate packs from the Camtasia Assets Library (some are even free!).

💪 Winner = Movavi
A close call, but I’d say Movavi’s titles are better looking

Video effects

Both Movavi and Camtasia have a video effects tab where you can really spice up your videos.

On the face of it, Camtasia has more effects (13) compared with Movavi (11) in their video effect sections. However, some of the effects in Movavi are actually accessible through different tabs. So, both software can do pretty much the same things.

The screenshot below shows what’s contains in the video effects tab of Movavi.

Movavi Video Suite 2021 video effects

And the screenshot below is from Camtasia’s comparable tab.

Camtasia 2021 visual effects

You will find that Camtasia can Pan and Zoom, as well as add animations, they are just activated in a different way.

A big difference between the software is when it comes to color adjustments. Movavi has LUT support, whereas Camtasia doesn’t.

Also, Movavi has a Stabilization effect to smooth any shaky video footage. Camtasia on the hand, does not have such a feature.

💪 Winner = Movavi
Both software can do pretty much the same effects, but with LUT support, I think Movavi takes the edge

Screen recording

The main reason why I compared the Movavi Video Suite, instead of the Video Editor, to Camtasia is because the suite comes with a separate screen recorder.

So, keep in mind that Camtasia has a screen recorder built in, whereas with Movavi’s Video Suite you will have to open up their Screen Recorder software separately from the Video Editor.

Both screen recorders allow you to capture your:

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

When recording your screen with Movavi, you control everything through their basic recording panel, which attaches to the side of the screen.

If you want to record a webcam at the same time you can; however, the video will be placed in the corner of the video during the recording.

Movavi’s Record Screen panel will also let you take screenshots (PNG, BMP or JPG), whereas this is not possible in Camtasia.

Movavi Record Screen panel

When screen recording with Camtasia, you are presented with their simple recording bar.

It’s so easy to record with Camtasia, just check what you want to record and smash the big record button.

Camtasia 2021 recording bar

Unlike Movavi’s approach, recording the webcam simultaneously will not show during the recording. When this is opened in the sofware afterwards, the different media are placed on separate tracks, so you can control them independently.

It’s also worth nothing that each software save their recordings as different file types. Movavi’s Screen Recorder software saves files as MKV files, whereas Camtasia saves recordings as TREC files.

💪 Winner = Camtasia
I prefer the recording experience with Camtasia, everything is smooth and easy to use

Cursor effects

When your recording your screen, especially if you’re creating video tutorials, then you may want to add cursor effects to make your cursor easier to follow.

Both Movavi Screen Recorder and Camtasia come with some cursor effects.

In Movavi, you have to select the cursor effects before you start your recording.

For the effects, there are the following options:

  • Show/hide cursor
  • Highlight cursor – You can select your own color and halo size
  • Show cursor clicks – You can change the color of left- and right-clicks separately
  • Add mouse click sound – You need to upload your own audio for this
Movavi Screen Recorder cursor effects

In comparison, Camtasia’s cursor effects are added after the recording has taken place. It seems strange to do it this way, but it works 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

💪 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 Movavi and Camtasia can do the following:

  • Fade in
  • Fade out
  • Change clip speed
  • Adjust the volume
  • Remove background noise

Here are the different options that are found in Movavi’s Audio Editing section.

Movavi Audio Effects

A notable addition here is the Equalizer. Here you can select from a range of presets, or tweak your own settings, to really change the way the audio sounds.

And if you’re wondering want’s found in the Audio Effects, there are different audio masks that can be applied (e.g. Echo, High Pitch, Radio, Robot).

The screenshot below shows the different audio effects available within Camtasia.

Camtasia 2021 audio effects

A new addition in Camtasia 2021 is the Emphasize effect. You can use this effect to make voice overs stand out about background music without having to manually adjust the volumes of each track.

💪 Winner = Movavi
Movavi has more audio effects to keep you entertained

Video and audio export options

Let’s start by talking about the video export options for each software.

Movavi supports 15 different video formats! So if you’re wanting to export videos in an uncommon file type, you can guarantee Movavi will have you covered.

Camtasia, on the other hand, can only render videos as an MP4, WMV, AVI or GIF file.

I’ve summarized the different video formats supported by Movavi and Camtasia in the table below.

Video formatMovaviCamtasia
M2TS (H.264)

It’s the same story when it comes to exporting audio only files; Movavi has more options compared with Camtasia.

Specifically, Movavi can export audio in 5 different formats, whereas Camtasia can only export audio as an M4A file type.

Audio formatMovaviCamtasia

💪 Winner = Movavi
Movavi supports a lot more video and audio file types compared with Camtasia

Minimum system requirements

In the tables below, I have included the minimum system requirements to run both the Movavi Video Suite and Camtasia on either a Windows or Mac machine.

If you’re editing high-quality videos (e.g. 4K), then you will want considerably more system power than what is quoted!

Windows systems

SystemWindows 7Windows 10 (64-bit)
version 1609
Processor1.5 GHz Intel, AMD
or compatible
(2 CPU cores)
6th Generation
Intel Core i3
1st Generation
AMD Ryzen 3
Disk space2 GB4 GB

Mac systems

SystemmacOS X 10.10macOS 10.14
Processor64-bit IntelIntel Core i5
Disk space500 MB4 GB

Movavi vs Camtasia: Which one should you buy?

And that brings me to the end of my Movavi vs Camtasia comparison.

For those that are still on the fence, here’s my recommendations.

Go for the Movavi Video Suite, or even the Movavi Video Editor, if your main focus is editing videos for say YouTube. The effects and transitions in the editor will certainly make your videos stand out, without having to put that much effort in.

Go for Camtasia if your primary goal is to record your screen and edit videos for tutorials. Creating educational content with Camtasia is the ultimate pairing, in my eyes anyway.

Don’t forget to try out both Movavi and Camtasia software with their free trials!

Be sure to let me know in the comments below which one your prefer.

Further reading on

If you like the look of Camtasia, then I’d recommend reading my Camtasia review where I explore it in more detail. For those that are preferring the Movavi Video Suite, then have a look at my Filmora review. Filmora is a cheaper, and probably better, alternative to the Movavi Video Editor.

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