Looking for advice on software to edit my screencast


I am looking for software helping to edit my screencasts. Currently, I am using SnagIt to record “How to” screencasts for my users.

I had somebody who helped me but right now I am alone. What I need are in fact 2 things: a voice generator service, I have got a strong accent that sometimes is an issue for some people, and software allowing me to add the generated narration to the screencasts and add some goodies such as a text or an arrow.
I know they are plenty of reviews but mostly they are for video editions that include a lot of functionalities that I don’t need. I have read some reviews, but I am looking for first-hand experience. I have considered Camtasia, created by the same people who wrote SnagIt, but it is out of my budget.

What I need is something not requiring to have a degree in video editing.

I do not know the speach thing, but Camtasia (relative to Snagit) can add text and arrows and some other cool stuff to Snagit “movies”. Rather simple.

OP has already said that Camtasia is out of their budget, though:

I asked GPT and got this answer:

Yes, there are open-source alternatives to Camtasia. Here are a few popular ones:

  1. OBS Studio: OBS Studio (Open Broadcaster Software) is a free and open-source software for video recording and live streaming. It offers powerful features for capturing and editing videos, including screen recording, webcam capture, scene composition, and more. OBS Studio is available for Windows, macOS, and Linux.
  1. Shotcut: Shotcut is a free, cross-platform video editor that provides a wide range of features for video editing. It supports various video formats and resolutions, and it has a user-friendly interface. Shotcut offers features like video trimming, cutting, filtering, and transitions. It is available for Windows, macOS, and Linux.
  1. OpenShot: OpenShot is another popular open-source video editing software. It offers a simple and intuitive interface with features such as trimming, slicing, and merging videos. OpenShot also supports effects, transitions, and animation. It is available for Windows, macOS, and Linux.
  1. Kdenlive: Kdenlive is a powerful open-source video editor that provides a comprehensive set of features for video editing. It supports multiple video and audio tracks, effects, transitions, and a wide range of video formats. Kdenlive offers a user-friendly interface and is available for Windows, macOS, and Linux.

These open-source alternatives provide robust video editing capabilities and can be suitable replacements for Camtasia, depending on your specific requirements and preferences.

Personally, I’ve been using a service called “WellSaid Labs” for voice generation. It’s pretty solid, and they offer a variety of voices. With it, you can generate a voiceover with less of an accent.

For the editing part, I’m currently using Movavi. It has a screen recorder built into the video editor software, which simplifies the process a lot. No degree is needed, trust me! You can easily overlay the generated narration and add text, arrows, and whatnot.