Auto ending a video screen capture in Camtasia 9.0.5

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I want to record a screen capture.  In my example, it will take one hour to complete the capture.  I do not want to be forced to stick around, or have to stop what I am doing and return to my desktop computer after the hour passes, just to press F10 to end the capture.

I could start it, go out for the day, and have hours and hours that I can easily cut out when I return.  But I do not want to concern myself with the amount of wasted storage space that will be consumed while recording many extra and unnecessary hours of video.

Is there a way to set a timer on a screen capture to end the recording automatically after a predetermined number of minutes?

Thank you.
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You could possible use Windows Task Scheduler to do this.

Here's a Techsmith article that covers the subject

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Dubie, that information is excellent!

The key items are:
camcorder.exe /record
-- and --
camcorder.exe /stop

The "stop" being the most important.

The rest of the article is helpful, but not necessary (at least for my situation).
The important thing is that the recording stops when the
"camcorder.exe /stop"

Camtasia can then sit and wait for me to click on whatever it is waiting on.  At least, at this point, it is no longer recording, and no longer consuming my storage space.

I am mentioning this, for those that will read the link that you provided.  The extra steps noted in the link will automate the steps that Camtasia takes after the recording stops.  Those steps are not important to me, and perhaps not important to others.  So they should know that they needn't have to figure them out, if all they want is for the recording to end automatically.

Alas, I would still like to see an option built into the "Record" GUI, so that running a separate and timed "stop" command, via a Windows scheduler, will not be required for this effort.

I will now hunt for more command-line related Camtasia options.  I suspect that there are many, and can be very useful.

That article was a key find -- very helpful.

Thank you!
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I use a macro recording program. Search for "macro" word, and check.
It helps terminate open windows, time the actions, simulate clicks and typing, and many useful things.
You may run application related commands.