Adjusting video recording file size maximum in SnagIt

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Currently I believe the max file size for when recording a video through SnagIt is 1gig. With HD's over 1TB now, size is not really an issue unless there's a reason from the program's perspective for this small limit.

I need the ability to change the max file size so I can have continuous recordings. Personally, going up to 5gig currently would be plenty and that's still a tiny portion of my available hard drive space.

I would be great to go into the settings and up the max file size. If there's a programming conflict with this, then obviously a fix that allows it to record for longer periods would be great.

Thanks!
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futurestrader019

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Posted 9 years ago

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Johnnie

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There are things you can do. Use a smaller monitor or resolution if possible or capture a smaller window instead of full screen. You can also use the xvid codec. Just add it and switch to it in the options. These things will make the file smaller allowing you to capture more time.

I bought this when I had a 19 inch tube monitor and never had a problem and never even knew this limitation existed. Then I bought a new computer and high resolution flat screen monitor.
That is when I started getting all the warnings and files ending before the webinar I was recording. So I have had to use the old system for this app in order to record 1 hour webinars. I am not happy and now that I am looking for a replacement I will not be considering TechSmith products.
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The solution is simple - Use Camtasia. I don't mean to be flippant here, but although I use Snagit extensively for image capture and editing, I only use Camtasia studio's Recorder for video, which embeds much editable content in the camrecs.
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Richard - that is 1 option, but simply allowing larger file sizes in SnagIt also does this. I use SnagIt extensively daily and rarely use Camtasia. Instead of forcing me to learn a new program, SnagIt can easily handle what I need if adjusted to meet user needs.

I just need a simple recorder, which SnagIt does perfectly other than capping the file size.
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Richard the 1 gig file limit is just there to force people who already bought and paid for Snagit, like myself less then 2 years ago, to now buy Camtasia. There is no other reason for this 1 gig limit. I am not going to fall for this type of marketing trickery. I am looking at other options now. I just recorded a 2 hour and 35 minute webinar tonight on my old monitor @ 1024X768 with P4 computer using Snagit. That will do until I find some other solution.
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Jason Eagleston, Employee

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Hi Everyone,

I wanted to weigh in on a few of the topics being discussed, and hopefully provide a little insight into the reasoning behind file size limits.

For a rather long time, the AVI format had an inherent file size limit that prevented us from allowing a video to be larger than 2GB. Having said that, there were a number of known issues where videos could become corrupt once they extended beyond 1GB. So, in Snagit 10, we were presented with the option to keep the limit at 2GB and run the risk of customer's videos being corrupt or unplayable, versus setting a slightly lower limit and greatly increasing the odds of success for video captures.

I do want to say that while Camtasia Studio is an option to avoid this limitation, the limitation was not put in place in order to promote a different product, but a strict limit imposed by the file format and a further limit added to ensure customer success.

In short, the AVI format has a number of limitations, namely, the large file size and the lack of web compatibility. Snagit 11, which was recently released took a fresh look at capturing video to a format (mp4) that's both very compact with relation to size and also widely accepted as an extremely web compatible format. Additionally, the limitation we've outlined with file size is no longer a concern.

If you are an existing Snagit user, as it sounds like you all are, Snagit 11 is available at the discounted upgrade price of $24.95.

I would be happy to provide more detail regarding the history of the format limits if you're interested. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks,

Jason

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