Join David Rivers for an in-depth discussion in this video Choosing the right tool, part of Screencasting Fundamentals.
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If your goal is to create training videos, e-learning or even m-learning, which is e-learning produced specifically to be viewed on mobile devices. Some screencasting software is better then others for certain jobs. You want to choose the right one, to best meet your needs. So, let's compare the software applications we'll be focusing on in this course. The first four applications you see here are tailored to creating e-learning courses, and I've also included Camtasia Studio in the mix, because it's one of the most popular screencasting tools out there, specifically designed, for creating video captures of your screen activity, while giving you some powerful video editing tools, the ability to create courses with interactivity, and share your output with anyone on nearly any device.
Let's begin with a price comparison, which is often an important consideration when choosing a software application. Camtasia comes out on top here, but Captivate wins out over the other e-learning software listed here. Camtasia's going to cost you around $300, while Captivate is around $900. But even less using a subscription model that's available. Articulate Studio and Storyline can often be purchased on sale for around $1400 each. And Lectora is most expensive, and can range from $1600 to $2500, depending on the package or suite you choose.
Next is ease of use, in this category, Articulate Studio wins easily. As it's very much like working with PowerPoint, which most people already know. The others are not far behind. Although Captivate is the one, in my opinion, that is least intuitive. And is the one you might find easier to learn with some additional help. Such as a book or some training. If your goal is to make your product interactive, Storyline, Electora and Captivate all have strong interactivity capabilities built right in.
With storyline being a little easier to use. Articulate Studio and Captasha both have unlimited set of interactive options. If quizzing is important to you, you might want to go with Lectura. It has more options for actions and variables than Storyline, and it's easier to use in this regard than Captivate. Camtasia is not the tool to use if quizzing is going to be an important part of your final output. Will you want people to view your completed project on their mobile devices like tablets and smartphones? If so, consider Camtasia for video output and storyline for m-learning, which is mobile learning.
They all have the ability to publish to mobile format, but storyline offers 3 options in a single publish. You get flash, storyline mobile for iPad, and HTML5. For power and flexibility, the most expensive Lectora software wins over the others especially if you go with the Lectora Inspire Suite. It comes with a number of add-ons like, Snagit and even Camtasia built right in. Lectora gives you the most access to question and quiz variables for custom logic, if that's important to you.
Alright, lastly is software simulation capabilities. Camtasia's design mainly for just this and does an excellent job of capturing your screen activity, but if you want to create eLearning with software simulations built in, Captivate and Storyline both have excellent functionality. As I mentioned before, Lectora inspire the pricey suite of products includes Camtasia. So if price is not an issue, this is a good option. Although the Camtasia you get with Lectora is for demonstrations only. And now as powerful as what you can do with Captivate, and Storyline.
You'll want to do your own research when choosing any software application but hopefully, this gives you a head start when comparing screencasting tools for creating e-learning projects.
- What is screencasting?
- Choosing the right tool
- Starting new projects from scratch
- Using characters in Articulate Studio and Articulate Storyline
- Adding interactivity
- Creating quizzes
- Exporting projects to various formats