Any way I can increase performance with Camtasia?

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One of my major complaints with Camtasia is that it's very lacking in terms of performance. It slows down and acts up on larger projects and using it to edit some videos (I.E. Gaming Clips) can make using it a choir as it freezes constantly.

What advice can you give me to maximize optimization/performance with CS?
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Ed Covney

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For video editing and rendering, use the fastest computer you can afford, fully populated with as much memory as allowed, a great video card. Now that nVidia 2000 series cards are out, used 980's are very reasonable. 
[Start high-horse rant] I'm also an advocate of RAM Disks and loading all media to and rendering it to that Ram Disk. Not only is it 5-10 faster rendering, but I automatically illuminate 95% of the known 192 UN-correctable errors on my Intel  4790K CPU. As the end user, I rarely see any of the 192 uncorrectable errors, but do know that to correct them in firmware, Intel can invoke millions, maybe billion of clock cycles. [End rant].
Know your system: Does your video card have firmware or driver upgrades available. Same for your mother board- BIOS updates and device drivers.
If you suspect Camtasia is the cause of your problems, it may be. Ask this community and you may end up with 20 or 30 opinions. So my first suggestion is for you to learn how to use Windows "Performance Monitor" and run it in parallel with Camtasia. You'll want a second (or third)  monitor, but it alone is the only sure fire way to address your problems on your computer. It'll ID any and all choke points - or what you call performance degradation and freezes. Its one con is that it also sucks computer resources - at least one whole core + thread. 

The best youtube video for using the Performance Monitor can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTu7OIkrMfY

It's for Windows 7 but is used exactly the same in all windows versions. I've downloaded it and refer to it about once every 3 or four months (I'm old and forgetful).
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In terms of hardware, you want at least 16GB RAM, a minimum of an i7 processor, and an SSD Hard Drive of a decent size. You also need a decent graphics card, as previously mentioned by Ed.

Your biggest limitation after that is Windows itself. Not because it's bad or anything - it's quite good these days, but because it's not designed for the job at hand. At it's core, Windows is primarily designed for business use, not media use. Apple's Mac (and MacOS), however, is primarily designed for media use, and it's great at it.

If you take two machines, with similar hardware specification, one a Windows machine and one a Mac, the Mac will outperform the Windows machine on media every time, all day long.

To illustrate, I've got two high spec laptops from a few years ago, one a 6-year-old HP Pavilion dv7, that I got brand new, and one a 7-year-old MacBook Pro, that I bought second hand last year, and the MacBook flies on media, by comparison to the Windows laptop. In fact, I bought the MacBook because I'm using an identical one at work, to edit video with Camtasia, and it's just a joy to use.

Both my laptops have 17-inch screens, both have the i7 quad-core processor, both have similar graphics cards, but the HP only has 8GB RAM, to be fair, whereas the MacBook was upgraded to 16GB RAM before I bought it. Both machines are equal to, or higher spec than, the majority of laptops on the market right now, but the MacBook has a significant edge, even before I upgraded the HD to a 1TB SSD.

I know Macs are expensive but they're worth it. Boot time is under 30 seconds, for example, compared to 3 minutes plus on the HP. Before the SSD upgrade, it was still under a minute. If you can afford one, even if just a second hand one like me, get one. If you can't, then just make sure you have the minimum spec for your PC that I quoted at the start.