Q: Best screen capture tool for making tutorials?

Hi guys,
can you reccomend a screen capture tool for making tutorials?
I used Camtasia many years ago, is that still one of the better ones?

I would prefer “Mouse Click” icons to be added automatically. And if possible to edit and put in simple images with text would be great. (So I don’t have to run an extra step through Premiere or AfterEffect to do that)

All tips and experiences are very welcome and the tool does not need to be free.


Hi There,
I used to make video tutorials for a living. We found that Camtasia was still the best all round.
Hope that helps.

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For still-image capture, editing and annotation I use Snagit (same stable as Camtasia) and find it works really well. It does basic video capture as well, but I seldom need that.


I also have both Camtasia and Snagit. Snagit is fine and much simpler than Camtasia, the only thing I don’t see is how to make it add indications of mouse clicks though.


What setting is that? Does it work on video capture? (I’m only on 2018, haven’t updated)

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Turn on “Capture Cursor” to get the hand. The text is just an addition in the editor.

Video equivalent is:

That’s an animated GIF so you need to click on it to see it run. Again, I turned on “Capture Cursor”.

These are in 2021 and were in 2020 - I can’t remember how far back they go, but you might find them in 2018.

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Yeah, I have that on. That only lets you see the cursor as it moves, but it does not really indicate the mouse clicks - some programs will flash a little round yellow highlight onscreen around the cursor each time the mouse is clicked.

Yep, it’s very basic for video. Although it will capture audio, so you could always shout “Click!” manically every time you press the mouse button!

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:smiley: Smooth workaround!
I’ll test out SnagIt and then Camtasia if I can’t live without the visual mouse click enhancer.

Thanks guys!

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I use OBS for recording, then either camtasia or Blender for editing.

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For really simple video captures, you can use Techsmith Capture (successor to Jing) - it’s free and works fine for videos that you can post here for example. Only limitation - on the windows platform, it only works on Windows 10 - so I can’t use it on my remaining Windows 8.1 machine.

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Remote desktop to the 8.1 from 10 and capture on 10.

Hi guys, thanks for the assistance. It seems like SnagIt does the trick. When ever I right-click I can say it out loud.

By the way, I found this cool little app that resizes a (program) window to a given size:
You just run the tool and set Rhino as active app and then hit [Ctrl-Windows-Z] and the menu to the right pops up wherever your cursor is. (You can edit the Sizer Menu items)


That way I can quickly set Rhino in windowed mode to 1920x1080 for FullHD resolution recordings so everything is readable on smaller monitors online.

Try the SetMainframeSize command in Rhino… :smiley:
(it doesn’t autocomplete)


Is there a similar command to set the Rhino window position? I span Rhino over two of my three monitors. When I open it, the window height is never quite the full screen height - I have to double click the top or bottom edge of the window to get it to fit to the screen - and I also have to drag the window to the right a few pixels to get it to line up with the screen RH edge.

I have to do the same thing every time I open Rhino…

I use Debut as recommended by @mary. It works great.

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If you have Rhino spanning two monitors you might be able to save the empty file with the adjusted views to a template. Or you could use NewFloatingViewport and then put the extra view on the second monitor and double click the top bar to maximize it on that monitor.

Yes - tried that, but the next time I open Rhino, it’s back to the previous position. Even if I just open Rhino, resize/position it and then close, it still doesn’t fix it.

I’m aware that this is an oddball problem so I’ll live with it. Maximizing Rhino makes it fit the (central) 30" monitor. I have to ‘restore down’ to span only 2 of the 3 monitors. I really like the PLP monitor setup even though it’s a bit old-school now. Having all of the larger Rhino panels for layers, environments, materials properties etc on their own portrait-format 20" screen is great. No truncated layer names for me… :grin:

A small update on the progress.

I tried SnagIt for a while, but changed to Camtasia since I felt too limited by not being able to combine videos or cut and adjust them if I coughed or a family member suddenly needed some attention :slight_smile:

Camtasia also reuses the same record rectangle over and over, and let’s me work in the documents easier before and between recording.

By the way: There is a teaching license for both Camtasia and SnagIt that is worth checking out. It makes it a bit more affordable.

Oh, and one more thing, I use a near field studio mic that is great for elimintating all background sound. (I can even play some ambient background music on the pc with out that being picked up.)
((But being only a few centimeters from the mic it is important to not have it right in front of the mouth so breathing is picked up, and I use a sponge-cap-thing on it to prevent that too))

Thank you all for your insight and help!

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