Allow multiple camera inputs to record video from multiple angles, sources, simultaneously.

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Add ability to record multiple Camera Inputs at the same time and have the feed for each input saved on its own track. It is now a common practice to record subjects from various angles when doing training, sales, etc. videos. At the moment, you can only record one camera and the screen at the same time. 
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You'll need a more robust editing program to accomplish this.  Multi-camera tracks and sources to be married with on-screen capture.   That's read broadcast editing.   FCPX
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While getting Camtasia to do simultaneous multiple-source recording would be a massive task, the ability to cue up and cut between multiple sources once they've been recorded would be very useful. Multiple camera work is possible in Camtasia, of course, but it's done the old school manual way of manual splitting and deleting parts of multiple tracks, and it's not a particularly effecient workflow.

I would say an improved workflow for managing multicam cueing/switching/editing would be the feature that would sell me on the upgrade to the next version of Camtasia when it comes out.

At the most basic level, I like to use poor-man's-multicam, where a software zoom is used to simulate a second camera and avoid a jumpcut. This is currently achieved by recording at a higher resolution than the final production, and having two copies of the clip: one scaled "Actual size", one "scale to fit". Actual size becomes a close-up and you just shift the frame to capture the part of the image you want in the close-up.

I would really love to be able to bundle up mutliple video streams into a single "unit" and then have a simple camera switch mechanic, rather than having to split and delete, split and delete, split and delete....
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I had the same problem, so I wrote a little tool that captures two cameras for me. Does not capture the screen, though. Cutting between the two cameras in Camtasia is pretty easy: Select both videos, split them both, delete either the upper or lower part - or both.

If you are on windows, you can try it out. For now, there is only the open source version that you will have to build yourself. I will probably also put a packaged version to the windows store (cheaply but not for free) later.

https://github.com/dtanzer/RecordCams/

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This is a very useful tool - but I find it pretty unstable. Very odd and too bad that TechSmith does not provide this same capability in their recorder.
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PS: The OBS (Open Broadcaster Software - https://obsproject.com/ )program does multi-track recording, and editing. You could use it for recording even if you wanted to then edit those files in Camtasia. I have not used it for production, others report it has less editing capability than Camtasia.

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Also, Pinnacle Studio (a video editing program) has a tool that does just what is being discussed here, MultiCam". They bundle a "lite" version with their products which records up to 3 sources, and for $20 more the full version which will record up to 6 simultaneous sources, although this takes a really good CPU on your system.
It is I think a good model for a tool to go with any video editing program, like Camtasia.
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Thank you very much for your feedback! Back when I wrote multirec, pinnacle was way more expensive, could only record a single camera in the free version and the paid version always crashed on my computer.
I only tried OBS briefly, but AFAICR, it only records a single stream and you'd have to switch cameras correctly while recording - or is there a way to record all cameras?
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Yes; very true; Pinnacle is still somewhat costly, especially just for getting this add-on tool. I only meant this as an example of a nice tool which I would wish was more readily available! I had troubles using MultiRec with stability - will try again! Thank you for a great tool.
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I now published the multi-camera recorder to the windows store and I already use it for my own videos. Record up to nine cameras with it, then edit in Camtasia: https://multirec.app/

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Hi dtanzer
I am using the MultiRec tool but miss the ability to choose widescreen resolution. I cant really use square vieos for my teaching
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MultiRec records the stream it gets from your camera and saves it as a full hd video. If the camera outputs full hd by default, this usually works. Can you configure your camera to output the video in different resolutions?
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It works pretty darn well. Are you going to be able to add features to change file formats at some point?
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dtanzer - got it, thanks again. I've been trying to download your app for many hours from Microsoft's site, and I'm not sure why I can't get to the app nor receiving Microsoft's email response post-purchase. Tried signing into Microsoft multiple times with different logins, reboots, etc. but the site won't let me download app. Any chance you can simply point me to it. I want to use it but I'm unable to download it. Thanks again for any help you can give
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Sorry, never had that problem. Maybe contact microsoft support (if they even have support for the store; sometimes contacting them is not easy)
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Here's the video, as requested: https://youtu.be/fNfR2CTsKhY

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Do you have it for Mac?
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dtanzer

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No, its a Windows UWP app, so I'm not able to port it easily.
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Hi
can you connect action cameras such as the Xiamoi Yi or the Apeman 4k for multicam recording?
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I use a very simple work around.  Camptasia can record your screen and a webcam at the same time.  So on the screen pull up something like quick time (new movie recording) you can now see yourself in quicktime.  Use the screen record capability on camptasia to record what is been shown in quicktime (webcam 1).  Use the other webcam to record as the "webcam". you are now recording 2 webcams!