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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james.settle

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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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dtanzer

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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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Mitchell Dekker

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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

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Good idea, I will add it to my todo list - But this might be a larger change than it sounds like (because saving with the default format is really simple on Windows). Why would you need other file formats?

I also had some other ideas that I want to work on, like displaying volume levels for the selected microphones. Would this be interesting for you?
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Mitchell Dekker

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Volume levels would be great!

I probably dont need to change the file format- I was just curious, what file format is the default? I was expecting to have to set compression settings and blah blah as most other programs require you to set this up but yours does a great job without needing to?
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OK, I understand. I am using the defaults from the windows API, and it worked well for me so far. So I did not feel the need to change something or add configuration. But I might do that in the future.

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Thanks for making this. How much does it cost?
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Mitchell Dekker

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$10 I think? It's such a huge timesaver from taking multiple videos on multiple digital cameras to just recording them simultaneously on the computer. Worth it.
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dtanzer

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It's free for one camera (but kinda useless ;) ). Recording up to nine cameras costs EUR 7,79 per year, but there's a free 30-day trial before you pay for the first time.
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dtanzer do you have any videos on using this in Camtasia 2018 ? This would be kind of nice to see in use and I guess the Trial would allow us to give it a go but, seeing it in action or what you have for it would be better for some in making a decision to buy it or not. Just a suggestion and thanks for creating this app.
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dtanzer, thanks again. I'm assuming that's 7.79 EUR
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dtanzer

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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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dtanzer

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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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dtanzer

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Here's the video, as requested: https://youtu.be/fNfR2CTsKhY