Adobe Captivate and TechSmith's Camtasia Studio are both software tools that facilitate creating computer-based learning programs. Deciding which program to use depends on what type of e-learning program you are creating. Captivate will create robust learning simulations and Camtasia will create quick videos.
What is Camtasia?
Camtasia is the industry leader for creating videos of software simulation. It is a screen-capture program that records everything that occurs on the screen along with added voice narration. Camtasia records the screens in one long video format and overlays the narration on a timeline.
Why Choose Camtasia?
Camtasia is the best tool if you need to create quick video demonstration. While it does have the ability to add clickable hot-spots, it is best suited for situations when little or no interaction is needed from the audience. Camtasia is easier to learn and to use than Captivate; however, it is limited to strictly videos. Another benefit of Camtasia is the ability to output to different video formats, including Flash, QuickTime, and Windows Media Video.
What is Captivate?
Captivate creates interactive e-learning scenarios. Like Captivate, it allows users to view demonstrations; however, you can also build in interactive sessions that allow users to practice the task, as well as test users to ensure learning transfer. When creating tutorials, Captivate captures each screen interaction, such as a mouse click, as a single slide. Recording voice narration happens after the simulation is complete. Each slide is recorded separately, which makes editing the narration easier than editing in Camtasia.
Why Choose Captivate?
Choose Captivate when you're creating complex e-learning tutorials. If audience interaction is expected, then choose Captivate. While Camtasia is best for recording video simulations, Captivate provides you with the ability to create multi-dimensional tutorials that include Show Me, Teach Me, Test Me scenarios need for learning transfer. Consider your time constraints, since creating Captivate tutorials needs significantly more development time.