Introducing TechSmith Audiate!

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  • annieorben
    This product seems very useful and quite innovative! I was ready to give it a try with the intention of purchasing a license. But at the $29 a month subscription only price point I was turned off. I perceive this as too expensive. I would be happier with a perpetual license and a maintenance plan like I purchased for Camtasia and Snagit.
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  • emiller
    annieorben,

    I couldn't agree more.  I went to the site and checked out some of the videos and got really excited about this product and its capabilities.  But then I scrolled to the bottom of the page and saw the $30/month subscription and both my boss and I immediately dismissed it as an option for our company to use.  Being that we are also invested into Adobe CC adding another monthly subscription service just doesn't work with what we like to do budget wise.  A per license fee plus maintenance option would be a no brainer for us.  Hopefully, techsmith sees this feedback and can augment their pricing options for this product. 
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  • kdwalkerjr
    I'm not even going to 'give it a go' because I already know I'm not going to pay $30/month for an audio editor, so why waste the time? I too was excited about the features but based on previous experience with Camtasia, bells and whistles get hyped up and don't actually deliver.

    Like was previously mentioned, I pay $30/month and get the entire Creative Cloud Suite so I think you guys have missed the price point here.
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  • Robert R.
    Hi annieorben!

    Thanks for swinging by and providing your feedback! I'll be sure the Audiate team sees this. Have you considered giving Audiate's trial a go? If you're willing, I'd be curious to know what your thoughts are on the actual functionality of it, though by no means do you have to. More a general curiosity on my part with regard to user experiences with Audiate.

    Thanks again for the feedback!

    -Robert
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  • Paul Engle
    On the whole, I'm inclined to agree with the reasoning, though I did want to ask: is that with an educator discount? I thought $52 per month (on an annual basis) got you the entire CC suite, and 72 per month got you month-to-month access. 
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  • kdwalkerjr
    You know, I was in their educator program back in 2015 but changed to a regular account as shown in this screenshot.

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  • Paul Engle
    No hate here, good sir. I'm glad you were able to keep your discount. But yeah, Audiate makes no sense whatsover in your use case. Especially if you know how to use Audition. 
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  • annieorben
    It would be beneficial for me to articulate my reasoning for my perspective. I am fundamentally opposed to renting software that I depend on for my day to day work. I don't believe it is in my best interest to create a workflow that will stop working if I can't pay rent this month. That's pretty much the jist of it. Camtasia and Snagit have a different licensing model so they work for me. But if that were to change to subscription only then I would stop doing business.

    I do understand that Techsmith does have fixed expenses, and must be able to meet those expenses. So a subscription only model would be an attractive option for the business interests. I do sympathize with this situation but not to the point of putting myself at risk by introducing a lockout mechanism in a critical path. Especially given our current state of economy.
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  • Paul Engle
    I'm in a similar boat, or else I'd might have gone with Adobe at a different point in my career. 
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  • Robbie H
    I would start looking for a alternative.

    The writing is on the wall.

    Camtasia will be a SaaS in the near future.
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  • rg
    There are other editors which do not follow the subscription (SAAS) model.  If TechSmith goes into the subscription-only world, I will have to bid a sad farewell.
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  • rg
    $30/month would get me more from the company I hate, Adobe — and I don't subscribe to their software in part for that reason.

    If you offer me a standalone product, I would seriously consider it.  I have been using Camtasia since at least version 3 (or earlier?).  I paid for updates through version 8.6 but have not upgraded since then due to concerns about lost/reduced features, stability, etc.  And I am deeply opposed to the SAAS approach to software.

    I think the SAAS model is beneficial to companies, not to customers.  Please reconsider this plan.
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  • SSA-Ed
    I bid $30/year.
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  • SSA-Ed
    (pssst - I think we have it cornered. )
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  • rg
    I see your $30 and raise you an additional $60 for a standalone product that requires no ongoing subscription.
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  • Graphicious
    Are there any plans for audio transcription in languages other than English? Perhaps an ability to upload or train the model in any language?
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  • Jacob Pechtel
    Hi sorry I am late on responding to this. Yes, we do plan on adding languages, but are focused on getting off the ground with English only to start. Which languages would you like to see supported? 
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  • Rick Olsen
    I love the concept and the delivery seems very nice. But, the cost is just not justifiable for me. I work independently and the SAAS world is leaving me stupified. I know you're proud of your software, I agree that it appears to be quite nice. I have to agree with all the sentiments above.

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  • kayakman
    Audiate greatly improves the process and workflow for adding captions to Camtasia projects, especially if you currently use Camtasia's speech-to-text to generate the initial caption script

    Audiate's transcription is, in most cases, much more accurate than Camtasia's STT

    Audiate also makes it quick and easy to define the specific transcript words to be included in each caption span

    if you do a lot of captions in Camtasia ...

    How To Use Audiate To Create Closed Captions For Camtasia Projects 2020-03-15
    https://www.screencast.com/t/0GrhDPN7JE

    note: tutorial may no reflect Audiate's release version UI?


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  • annieorben
    This is helpful in understanding the tool's workflow, speed, and accuracy. Thank you for sharing the screencast. I love the Kayak by the way! 
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  • Robbie H
    WOW...

    People have been asking for...no check that...begging for better audio tools and options IN Camtasia for years and the solution is to pay $30.00 a month $360.00 a year for a program that just integrates with Camtasia.

    What a spit in the face and blow below the belt.

    Greed... Pure Greed


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  • kayakman
    Audiate is not just a program that integrates with Camtasia [it's not yet integrated with Camtasia]

    It's actually a very good narrated audio editing tool, that supports inserting, moving, cutting, etc., directly in the audio file, while providing scripting that can make audio editing so much easier; you can view the edits in the script, or in a waveform display; works off new dictation, or imported WAV files; pause/restart all you want

    I ran some A/B compares with Audacity [making voice-overs]; the Audiate UI was easier and more intuitive to work with

    Forgetting the price/subscription model for the time being, perhaps try the 7 day trial and see for yourself?


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  • rg
    I don't know -- there's nothing that would persuade me to pay $360/year for this program.  I would download and install and play with the trial version if TechSmith offered the option of a single-payment (non-SAAS) purchase.
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  • Robbie H
    Forget the Pricing?

    That's the whole point here. It doesn't matter how good Audiate is and trying it doesn't change the fact that nothing for the most part was added to Camtasia to edit or work with audio.

    At $250.00 for Camtasia [and forget the maintenance option that has no bearing on this]
    and to tell us to pay a ongoing cost of $360.00 a year to edit our audio is just wrong.


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  • Rickstone1975
    I don't believe I've seen any changes in audio editing with Camtasia. What was posted seems to suggest that audio editing was removed and now TechSmith is goading users into additional expenses if they need or want to edit their audio. And I don't believe that's the case at all.

    So they introduced a new product. If you like it and want to use it, TERRIFIC!

    But from what I've seen here, nothing that has been done is forcing you do operate that way.
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  • Rickstone1975
    Where do I see the suggestion?

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  • Robbie H
    Where do you see any suggestion that audio editing was removed?

    Audio editing was not improved IN Camtasia and that's the rub.

    And really you throw the "if you don't like it don't use" out there?
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  • Paul Engle
    I took from Robbie's post an inference that, after years of asking TechSmith for an audio solution, the fact that TechSmith launched a SaaS *before* re-tooling Camtasia's approach to audio was an implicit direction to its customer base to use Audiate. 

    Audiate, just like every strategic decision TS has made, was a calculated move that will fare well - or it won't.  

    And let's be clear -- the price tag *stings*. Quickly browsing the TS store, Audiate is the most expensive thing they're currently selling (caveat: if you buy it month to month.) So it's a bold choice, and there going to fans and those who are miffed. 

    I'm happy for those who are excited - and let's be clear, I see those product being used for the following user types:
    - someone who's brand spanking new to audio editing - seriously, the word processing UI is a really cool move.
    - if you do a lot of unscripted narration and you need a way to provide closed captioning (think federal government contractor who has accessibility mandates0
    - if you do a metric tonne scripted narration that you need to be transcribed. 
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  • Graphicious
    Transcribing with 'Speech-to-Text' is still available in Camtasia 2020, under the 'Captions' menu, but it seems to be far inferior to what Audiate does. If they included Audiate as an optional extra for Camtasia OR made it part of the next version's upgrades, it would help justify the upgrade price.

    But as it is now, I would only MAYBE consider paying for it if it supported other languages. For English there are plenty of transcribe tools out there.
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  • davemill
    I've been waiting for months for a project to test with Descript.com. Audiate looks like competitive tech. It will be interesting to test them against each other.
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