Camtasia and Snagit

Camtasia SnagitMiraCosta College has a site license for TechSmith Camtasia and Snagit. The software is available at no cost to employees for on campus and home computers.

Obtaining the Software

On Campus Computer

This software is included in computer installations as part of MiraCosta’s basic software configuration. If your campus computer does not have these tools, submit a helpdesk ticket, requesting the latest version of Camtasia and Snagit.

Contact the Employee Helpdesk at 760-795-6850 for questions and assistance.

Home Computer

E-mail Shanon Macintyre or call (760) 757-2121 ext 6731 if you are interested in the Camtasia or Snagit software for home usage.

Software Overview

Find out more about Camtasia and Snagit.

Camtasia Tutorials



Snagit Tutorials



Screen Recording for YouTube Recommendation

For screen recording (creating a video), either within Snagit or Camtasia Studio, Karen Turpin recommends the following settings for a clear YouTube video output.

  1. Use the Chrome web browser
  2. Record at the custom size  1280 x 720
    1. You can set this at time of recording by selecting a custom size.
  3. On the Chrome browser zoom in to 110% or 120% .
    1. This will help create readable text within the video.

If you are using Jing, it is time to upgrade to Snagit.

I had a faculty member this week who has been using the free screencasting tool Jing for some time and uploading the resulting videos to  He found the tool very easy to use and over time he has built up a collection of videos for his students.   However now that he has been using the tool for awhile and his students have been viewing his videos wants to charge him either $9.95 a month, or $99.95 a year for hosting.  The free account from comes with 2 GB of storage which is plenty for the flash videos that Jing produces, however the 2 GB monthly bandwidth limit is not.  If you pass the monthly bandwidth limit (which you will fairy quickly if you use the tool often) your videos will stop working and you either pay money to or you move your videos off to another hosting location.    Most faculty will pay the $9.95 a month to get the videos streaming again however would prefer a no cost long term solution.

Snagit Logo My current favorite tool for screencasting is Snagit.  You can create videos just as quickly as you did with Jing, but now you can create videos longer than 5 minutes and you can output to a variety of locations for hosting or storage.   You are no longer locked in to producing to  Although I still use in circumstances where the video is a 1 time use video, anything I plan to keep and that will be watched many times over I either produce to YouTube (which is currently still free) or I save the file as a .mp4 and upload it to 3C Media Solutons (a free media hosting and streaming  service for California Community College Faculty and Staff).

Snagit Output options for PC
Snagit Output option for MAC

The Snagit software is a very inexpensive tool that you will use often.   If you buy the software on Techsmith’s website it retails for $49.  However if you are associated with a school you can get academic pricing for $29.95 at Journey Ed or Academic Superstore. Well worth it. I have not gone an entire day at work without using this tool!

Aside from creating videos, Snagit also creates screenshots that you can decorate with callouts, arrows, and more.  You can produce those to a variety of locations.  My favorite is the output directly to my e-mail. Can’t get any simpler than that when doing tech support.

So I have convinced you to move over to Snagit.  What about your Jing videos you already produced on You want to still use those but don’t want to pay $9.95 a month or $99.95 a year for hosting.

Step 1: Log on to and download the videos.   I recommend switching yourself over to the Library Beta version of (this is in the right corner after you log on).  When you are in that version you can select all of your videos and then click download.  You will be able to download all your videos as a batch.

Step 2:  The videos you have downloaded in step 1 will be in the  Flash (.swf) format. YouTube and 3C Media solutions will not upload .swf flash files  You have to convert them first.  Many tools exist to convert the videos, however I use  Camtasia Studio.  You can download a trial version that will work for the conversions.  Open the .swf files you downloaded in Camtasia studio.  It will convert the files to .avi files.  Save the file to your computer and then you can upload those to YouTube or 3C Media.  Camtasia Studio even has a utility within it you can upload directly to YouTube.