Absolute minimum system requirement to run 2018 smoothly.

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Camtasia 2018.7

Sounds great. However within a company where you have limited control on the systems you are actually provided with we are experiencing problems in respect of how it is working.

What is the absolute minimum system requirement for Camtasia and what issues should we expect with using Camtasia 2018 as an editing tool (we use a large number of clips from various sources couple with audio).

If we were not using this minimum system requirement but are actually below this line what technical should/may we expect to see.

We use windows 7
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Here’s a link to Camtasia 2018’s minimum requirements. https://www.techsmith.com/camtasia-system-requirements.html

so, there are number things that can go wrong even when you meet the minimum requirements.

Meeting the minimum requirements means you have just enough horsepower, to make the program run. But that’s about it.

If you’re editing strictly low resolution footage. And doing very little with it in the editor. It doesn’t require a powerful computer to process this type of footage. For the most part.

If you’re working with HD footage. Things start to change in a hurry. As a general rule, when it comes to video editing. It is one of the most demanding things you can ask computer to do. So the stronger the computer the better.

I’m no expert in this field, but I’m fully apprised as to some of the problems you can encounter. I’m fortunate enough to have a computer built for video editing.

I’ll start with Windows 7. Windows 7 hasn’t had an operating system update since service pack 1. That was in February 2011. Almost 8 years ago. This can create problems for reasons that pretty much explain themselves.

A low powered CPU can lead to very sluggish performance. Depending on the resolution of the footage, every frame of footage will contain up to millions of pixels of information. The CPU must process all that information every time you hit the play button. If the CPU doesn’t meet the minimum requirements. And you’re working with high-resolution footage. Smooth timeline playback may be impossible to obtain. Leaving you with obnoxious jerky playback that is difficult to edit. Then, as you start editing and adding elements such as callouts. This extra burden placed on the CPU may bring it to its knees. Crippling it’s performance even further.

RAM memory... RAM memory is critical. Videos place on the timeline are stored in RAM memory which is a very fast form of memory. The CPU accesses that memory/video to process and edit your video. Every time you move the playhead from point A to point B randomly. The CPU must completely reprocess the information in front of it. Before it can regenerate timeline playback. So this is both an argument for a fast CPU. And enough RAM memory to store large files in memory. Otherwise, RAM may have to be vacated and replaced in order for the CPU to access it slowing things down. The CPU works off RAM memory and not directly off the hard drives.

That’s the biggest bottle necks in my opinion.

Low end computers usually have slow hard drives. Which lead to slow boot up times, slow loading of files and things of this nature. But compared to all of the problems listed above. This is much more trivial in nature.

However, when you start adding all of these things up in terms of lost man-hours. You have a pretty strong argument for the purchase of at least one strong video editing computer if not more.

That’s my take on it, regards Joe.

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Joe, I am trying to get in contact with you, but i'm not sure how to send you a message.  I just came across your rulers and grids files from four years ago, but my current version of camtasia won't accept them.   By any chance do you  have updated versions of these? These would be incredibly helpful to me. -Kristen
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Hello there, I created them with Camtasia 8. As it turns out the callouts have to be updated along with Camtasia major updates. I created the guides using callouts.

I was able to open them in Camtasia 9 and export them to another libzip file. Which I could also open in Camtasia 2018.
I uploaded the new file to MediaFire. They closed the original thread to comments. So I cannot update the links in that thread.

https://www.mediafire.com/file/5z57z1y8himjyhd/Rulers_Guides_and_Grids_Camtasia_9.libzip/file

Camtasia 8 maximum canvas size was only 2048 by 2048 so that's the maximum size of the rulers. So they're not updated for 4K.

I don't know how many people downloaded those original files or how popular it was. I really didn't receive much feedback on it. I'm not sure how easy it would be to read a 4K ruler if I created one. The pixels start getting awfully crammed together when you get into that territory. Anyway, hope this helps you out.

Regards, Joe
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Thanks for the information it is has I expected. I am after information as I am looking at improving the systems we work on. I have an idea of the spec we should have and what I may be able to reach.