Snagit 13 Review

Snagit is a sister program to Camtasia Studio, one of our top-ranked video capture products. And while Snagit focuses more on taking still screenshots, it's still pretty good capture software.

Our Verdict

For a program that's geared toward taking screenshots, Snagit does very well as video capture software and makes an excellent alternative to its sister program Camtasia.

For

  • Its intuitive interface makes it very easy to capture screenshots and videos.

Against

  • While the editing module is great for still images, it only provides minimal video-editing tools.
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Snagit image: The capture interface allows you to capture screenshots, video and audio.

Snagit image: The capture interface allows you to capture screenshots, video and audio.
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Snagit image: The editing tool allows you to trim unwanted footage.

Snagit image: The editing tool allows you to trim unwanted footage.
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Snagit image: For an additional touch to your video, add media from your computer.

Snagit image: For an additional touch to your video, add media from your computer.
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Snagit image: The Scrolling Capture tool allows you to take pictures of websites and other windows that are too large for a single screenshot.

Snagit image: The Scrolling Capture tool allows you to take pictures of websites and other windows that are too large for a single screenshot.
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Snagit image: Upload your final videos to online sharing sites like YouTube, Dropbox and Google Drive.

Snagit image: Upload your final videos to online sharing sites like YouTube, Dropbox and Google Drive.

Snagit is a sister program to Camtasia Studio, one of our top-ranked video capture products. And while Snagit focuses more on taking still screenshots, it's still pretty good capture software. The big difference is that Camtasia has a full array of video-editing tools while Snagit's editing tools are almost exclusively designed for still images. However, since Camtasia has a price tag of almost $300, Snagit is a good alternative for those on a budget.

Snagit has one of the most compact and intuitive interfaces of the applications we reviewed. There are three modules to choose from: All-in-One, Image and Video. All-in-One allows you to capture what's going on your screen and take screenshots without interrupting your recording. Image and Video are self-explanatory: They both give you expanded options for capturing screen shots and videos.

The screenshot tool not only captures images of your entire screen, it also gives you the option to capture specific windows, regions or applications. One of the more useful screenshot tools is the "scrolling window" feature, which lets you capture images that are longer than your computer screen without the need to manually scroll while you record the screen.

Snagit also integrates easily with other capturing tools, like your computer's webcam or microphone. It also allows you to capture your system's audio so your audience can hear what's happening on your computer instead of just seeing it. When you add in the microphone, the application allows you to do even more, like record video calls from VoIP applications such as Skype.

The image-editing options in Snagit are excellent. However, the program comes up short when it comes to video-editing tools. This is unsurprising since Snagit is mainly a screen-capture program, but you can use the editor to trim away unwanted footage. If you want more advanced editing tools like pan and zoom, titles and annotations, you'll need to invest in a separate video-editing program. If you want a full array of video-editing tools, be sure to investigate the Movavi Screen Capture software.

During the testing phase of our review, we created identical projects using each application on our lineup. Our video experts examined the results and found that Snagit's video quality was among the best. It only suffered from minor pixelation and hesitation problems in the picture, and the sound was perfect. Only the programs in the top tier of our side-by-side comparison yielded higher-quality results.

For a program that mainly focuses on taking still screenshots, Snagit yields an impressive performance as video capture software. It ranked dead center on our lineup. It has most of the screen-recording tools we look for and an impressive image-editing module, but not very many options for enhancing video. Nevertheless, it produces good-quality videos you can use for presentations, tutorials and much more. And if you don't want to shell out $300 for Camtasia, Snagit is a great alternative.