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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I now use MultiRec for that - see below: https://multirec.app/

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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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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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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, thanks again. I'm assuming that's 7.79 EUR
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ad. Video: Good idea, working on it. Might take some time, though.
ad. "I'm assuming that's 7.79 EUR": Yes, in some countries ;) (sorry, sometimes I mistakenly use the German "," in English texts) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decimal_separator#Arabic_numerals


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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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Hi
can you connect action cameras such as the Xiamoi Yi or the Apeman 4k for multicam recording?