Camtasia Studio 9 vs ActivePresenter 7: Which one is better for e-learning?

Camtasia Studio 9 vs ActivePresenter side-by-side comparison. It’s time to figure out which one is better for e-learning development. Our e-learning experts will help you choose the best tool for your needs in this article.

Camtasia 9 vs ActivePresenter 7
How ActivePresenter 7 and Camtasia Studio 9 look like.


Both Camtasia and ActivePresenter are useful tools for e-learning development. They are simple to use yet powerful programs that help you save your time in screencasting and video editing. For those who don’t know about them, read our below detail reviews before moving on:

In short:

ActivePresenter 7 is the latest version of ActivePresenter, developed by Atomi Systems. The program is widely known as a slide-based e-learning software with intuitive user interface and powerful features for screencasting and e-learning authoring. ActivePresenter has all necessary tools for e-learning professionals to create responsive courses.

Camtasia Studio 9 is a popular video editing software, created by TechSmith. It has a full HD screen recorder and advanced features for making promotional and online training videos.

At the first look, they seem to be the same. However, there are some major differences between them you must know before making your decision:

Pricing Comparison

Both programs are free to try and compatible to Windows and Mac. There are just some minor differences between them:

  • Camtasia Studio 9 offers 30 days free trial. After 30 days, you need to purchase a license to continue using the product. All your results will be watermarked. The license price is $199/ lifetime.
  • ActivePresenter 7 is free to use for none commercial purpose. If you only record video, edit and export video into MP4, AVI, MKV or WebM, there are no watermarks on your result. But, if you need to use ActivePresenter for commercial purpose, you need to purchase ActivePresenter at the same price with Camtasia Studio 9.

Functionality Comparison

Feature Camtasia Studio 9  ActivePresenter
Vendor TechSmith Atomi Systems
License price $199 per license  $199 per license
Software type Stand alone Stand alone
Usability Easy to use Easy to use
Record screen  Advanced tools Advanced tools
Record Webcam Yes Yes
Record full screen Yes Yes
Customize cursor path  No Yes
Trim, crop video Yes Yes
Split, merge videos Yes Yes
Blur moving objects No Yes
Zoom-n-Pan Yes Yes
Video transition Advanced Advanced
Picture-in-Picture No Yes
Split screen video No Yes
Closed caption No Yes
Adjust video speed Yes Yes
Chroma key/ Green screen effect Yes Yes
Highlight video area No Yes
Spotlight effect No Yes
Resources bin Yes Yes
Spelling check No Yes
Import PowerPoint No Yes
Annotation tools Yes Yes
Customized Java script/ CSS No Yes
Design e-learning courses No Yes
Export video Various formats Various formats
Quizzes No Yes
Interaction Yes Yes
Software simulation No Yes
Export to HTML5 No Yes
Customize player settings No Yes
Preview HTML5 No Yes
LMS support No Yes
Convert Text-to-speech No Yes
e-learning template No Yes
Login ID Yes Not require
Free upgrade No Yes
Online support Yes Yes
YouTube tutorial Yes Yes
Frequent update Yes Yes
Trial time 30 days Free to use (with watermark on HTML5 output)
Operating system Windows/Mac Windows/Mac
Best for Training videos, Short promotion video Screencasting, how-to videos, product demos, software simulation, responsive learning courses

Camtasia Studio 9 and ActivePresenter 7 Differences

If you look at the above comparison table, you will easily recognize that these are completely different programs. While Camtasia studio 9 is only suitable for creating screencast and edit videos, ActivePresenter is more like an e-learning authoring tool. Therefore, you should carefully consider your needs before choosing whether ActivePresenter or Camtasia. It’s better to spend your time evaluating these programs to figure out if they are good enough for you. Click below links to go further!

Download ActivePresenter 7 here

Try Camtasia Studio 9 30 days here

Our Conclusion

After spending more than 40 hours testing these programs, we realized that both of them are great for recording and editing video on PC or Mac. We can’t judge which one is better in editing videos. But, considering the price and functionalities, we are 100% sure that you should choose ActivePresenter for creating e-learning courses. If you have other ideas, please share with us here. We are always love to hear from you!

Don’t forget to follow us to receive more valuable post notifications in the future!

Good luck!



4 thoughts on “Camtasia Studio 9 vs ActivePresenter 7: Which one is better for e-learning?

Add yours

  1. Hi mate. You can use all these feature in ActivePresenter free version. When you export your project into HTML5, the output will have a watermark. Other outputs are no watermark. You can download it and test.


  2. As another commenter pointed out, some of the advanced features you mentioned (e. g. quizzes and interations) are only available in their pro version. These features are (from their website):

    HTML5 Export
    Fully Responsive Design
    Interactivity & Branching: Variables, Conditional Actions, Javascript API
    Interactions: Button, Mouse Click, Text Input, Drag & Drop, Keystroke
    Quiz: 9 Types of Questions
    Report & Tracking in LMS (SCORM, xAPI)


  3. This is a great review.
    Just a small point was mistaken on price comparison: The features which makes Active Presenter superior over Camtasia, is found in the Pro Edition version only. And this version is priced in US$ 399,00.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Create a website or blog at

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: