September 05, 2012
Unfortunately, DemoBuilder has lagged behind so much that it is no longer a competitor for Camtasia Studio as for the reasosn mentioned below.
June 18, 2012
Demobuilder 9 has just been released. Although a better product then the earlier version 7, Demo Builder 8 falls short of offering some of the basic features such as:
- Editing without being destructive – if you were to try and crop an image and make a mistake, there is no undo function / if you were to cut a video segment out of the editor, there is no undo function
- the audio and video editors are on separate screens – you are unable to see where the video is in relation to the audio
Demo Builder is about $50.00 cheaper than Camtasia Studio – while Camtasia Studio presents pro features and also gives you a nicely integrated quiz module.
April 16, 2012
As a standalone screen recorder, Camtasia Studio is king. The video and audio editor is the heart of a screen recorder. Camtasia Studio is a pro level product. Unfortunately, the only drawback with DemoBuilderis is that it will not allow you to edit audio while previewing the video tracks.
In my experience, these are the champions of screen recorders. Although they both record the screen with audio and have an editor, each approaches screen recording differently. Depending on the project, you may select one over the other or have both.
Demo Builder is paged based. You create a page which acts as a container for your movie or movie segments. You may have many pages. These pages group video segments up nicely. Camtasia Studio is framed based, like a video recorder. You may ask, which is better. They each have their advantages. This review will show you how these 2 products differ so you can decide which functions are best for your style of production.
Below is a list which compares the functions for each product:
- DemoBuilder is for PCs only price: $199.00
- Camtasia Studio is for both MAC and PC price: $299.00
- DemoBuilder is paged based which allows full motion video to reside within the page, so both page and frame
- DemoBuilder has both, framed (full motion) and stepwise recording capabilities (stepwise if fairly uses)
- Camtasia Studio is framed based only
- DemoBuilder has a canvas for each page which allows you to add images, text, audio and animations, all on a timeline. If you wish, you can then record full video on the same canvas
- Camtasia Studio does not offer a canvas environment like that of DemoBuilder
- DemoBuilder allows you to create an interactive page with no timeline, you can actually build a webpage with menu buttons
- DemoBuilder screen real estate has a simple. clean layout, not congested
- Camtasia Studio is more congested, especially using call outs and text elements
- DemoBuilder allows you to re-edit your mouse movements and change the mouse pointer
- DemoBuilder allows you to voice over snapshots or images producing a slideshow, this is the stepwise mode. Each time you click the mouse button or any assigned hot key, DemoBuilder takes a snapshot of the screen or screen region. I generally found stepwise to be more work than just recording what comes natural, full video mode. Stepwise offers more control and smaller size video files however the flow I found is hampered while having to go into the editor and re-edit scenes.
- They each have text to speech
- Camtasia Studio includes an integrated quiz module, Demo Builder does not
The bottom line on stepwise recording versus full motion – they each have their advantages. You can discretely manipulate objects then go back and reposition them on a canvas using stepwise then integrate those stepwise segments into a full video. Think of stepwise recording like a black board. In the background you have audio in sync with the objects on the black board. You want to move stuff or delete/add objects, just save and done. On full video you would have to re-shoot the entire scene.
Learning and tutorials on How-to
- Camtasia Studio is a class act on providing you with many video and written tutorials.
- DemoBuilder has a number of video tutorials with documentation
Support / Support Forums:
- DemoBuilder user forum is by users to users. DemoBuilder responds using help tickets.
- Camtasia Studio has a very active community forum that both user and staff respond. They also have a help ticket system.
Each of these have great video and audio editors. DemoBuilder is perhaps less intimidating, but after a few times with either, you will feel comfortable. Camtasia Studio has several advantages for editing although you may hardly use these functions.
- Camtasia Studio and DemoBuilder allows you to edit video separately from the audio track.
Pan and Zoom:
Camtasia Studio has auto pan and zoom while you are recording in real time
Demo Builder is done manually after the recording
TOC (table of contents)
Creating a table of contents is a valuable function. This alone would be reason to select one screen recording product over another. Table of contents is a list of links to various video segments. These link are contained in a panel usually to the left side of the page. When clicked, the video for that link starts to play on the stage. These links are always available while watching the videos. Advantage: you can watch only the video segment you desire and not the entire video. This provides the viewer with quick access to segments while lowering the bandwidth consumption.
I will hold off on comparing DemoBuilder and Camtasia Studio TOC functions. DemoBuilder will be releasing a new version in a few weeks which will include creating a TOC.