TechSmith Camtasia vs ActivePresenter: Which one is better for e-learning?

TechSmith Camtasia 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 is an all-in-one e-learning authoring tool, developed by Atomi Systems. The program is widely known as a slide-based e-learning software with intuitive user interface and powerful features for both creating screencast videos and e-learning content development. ActivePresenter has all necessary tools for professionals who need to create fully responsive training courses, branching scenarios based courses or any other online video training material.

TechSmith Camtasia is one of the most popular video editing software programs in the world now. It has been around for some decades, gained trust from millions of users. It includes a full high definition screen recorder and advanced video editing features for making promotional and online training videos, product demos and so on.

At the first look, they seem to be the same. However, there are some major differences between these two powerful programs you should know. That’s what I come in today.

Pricing Detail

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

  • Camtasia 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 $249/ lifetime.
  • ActivePresenter is free to use as long as you want. Atomi Systems lets personal users use ActivePresenter for free without any restriction. However, if you want o use the program for commercial purpose, you’ll need to purchase a license at $199 per lifetime. This price includes free updates during the time you use it.

Feature Detail

Feature Camtasia ActivePresenter
Vendor TechSmith Atomi Systems
License price $249 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/ Survey Yes Yes
Interactions No 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
Operating system Windows/Mac Windows/Mac
Best for Training videos, Short promotion video Screencasting, how-to videos, product demos, software simulation, responsive learning courses

After spending more than 40 hours testing these programs, I realized that both of them are great programs for either recording and editing videos on PC or Mac. Honestly, I can’t judge which one is better for screencasting as they are very similar. I can only find some minor differences between them.

You should try and decide it yourself. Click below links to download these programs.

Download ActivePresenter here

Try Camtasia 30 days here

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Good luck!


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

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  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.

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