Best laptop for Camtasia 2018?

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Seeking laptop(windows) recommendations from experienced Camtasia 2018 users. I want something that works really well without choppiness or lag. I am not a techie and guidance in the right direction would be greatly appreciated.
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For the investment, screen size, components, etc. and so forth.

 The best Laptop for video editing is a Desktop.

 If you have no other option but to edit and record using a 13, 15 or 17 inch laptop.

 I wish you the best of luck. I don't recommend going there. They are just too darn small.

 Regards,Joe

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Results, not luck, is ultimately what I'm after.  So what Desktop would you recommend to get the job done? I've played the game of trying to use the wrong tools for the job and this only can lead to frustration. So what would be the minimum desktop requirements you would go with. I'm wanting to make YouTube videos. The video editing... etc is new to me so I realize I may have been asking the wrong question. Screen size? Resolution? Graphics card? Processor? I don't really want to buy an expensive laptop only to find out it won't do what's required. I realize everyone has different applications for what they do. Curious what you would suggest? Thanks for your response.
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Min. i5, i have an i5 Lenovo x1 Carbon 3rd Gen it works a dream i bought it as a Refurb Paid £400 (500USD) in 2016 when it came out it was £1100 ($1300) made out of Carbon gorgeous keyboard all round great Laptop
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As I searched using Google for the best laptop I landed a couple of times on Lenovo. I'm seems maybe they have some models that may work. I'm wanting to make Youtube videos. Do you think a laptop would work for this. Possibly thinking of creating a podcast or something similar. Have been experimenting with green screen a little. At the moment I'm just trying to explore and find my way. First stumbling block was my laptop. It was the best they had at WalMart when I bought it over a year ago and it definitely is NOT the best option. It works, kindof, but the video stalls and is not the result I'm after. Thanks for your reply Graham. 
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I believe Joe's approach would be best, but I drive a Lenovo T430 i5 laptop with a 245 GB SSD system drive, with another 450 GB internal HD in the drive bay; and only 8 GB RAM; but it's always hooked to a 24" external monitor [but I wish it was a 48" monitor]; I couldn't possibly work on the laptop's 15" screen; you'll need external storage space if you do a lot of screencasting [like external HD, or cloud]
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So you are doing a combo of Joe and Graham's approach. A laptop hooked to a 24" external monitor. I'm hearing that the Monitor Size is SUPER important. The larger the better. And that it will require a large amount of HD storage space. 

The requirements are listed as follows and my current laptop meets the minimums but I am experiencing pauses in the video so I know I DO NOT have enough power from my system. I have an i7 but with dual-core processor and 12 GB ram. It's not doing the job which is why I came here to ask. Thanks so much for your reply. Seems I need a better processor and graphics card for sure and that a large desktop monitor would be much better.
  • Microsoft Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10 (Required: 64 Bit versions only). (Recommended: Windows 10)
  • 2.0 GHz CPU with dual-core processor minimum (Recommended: 2.8 Ghz 6th Generation Intel® CoreTM i5 Processor with 4 CPU Cores or better or equivalent or better AMD processor)
  • Integrated graphics is acceptable however 4K and/or 60 FPS media will perform best with discrete graphics cards
  • 4 GB RAM minimum (Recommended: 16 GB or more)
  • 2 GB of hard-disk space for program installation
  • Display dimensions of 1024x768 or greater
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my cut [laptop or desktop, get an i7 with best video card available] ...

Win 10 64 Pro; 8 GB RAM min; 16 GB much better

biggest internal SSD system drive you can afford

biggest 1920x1080 monitor you can afford, dual if possible [your eyes will appreciate]; more resolution if you need it?

good external USB mic [I use an audio-technica AT2020 4 feet distance in a hard room] 

huge disk capacity; 1 TB internal; 4 TB external [multiple?]; I have lost 3 external HDs in past 4 rears, and recommend regular HDs raided if possible

I've done tons of extreme screencasting on my laptop; the system has handled it quite well, and the work was doable because of the external monitor, and wireless mouse/external keyboard
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I'm beginning to form a bit of a picture of a good setup thanks to all the input I'm receiving. I have the exact same mic you have. I just bought it. Not yet tested it much. I purchased it from advice I received from a sound stage engineer with years of experience. I believe that is a good choice. I am now piecing together the rest. I have adobe premiere elements and discovered my laptop resolution to work but not really ideal and as I continued my search I found Camtasia. During testing it was super easy to add text and effects and I really liked it a lot. However once again when I added video from my Canon 80D the video lagged and stalled. Two strikes against it. My searching and now asking here all lands square on the advice you're giving. Great video card, fast processor and SSD drive, plenty of ram, and high resolution monitor. All essentials for it to work well. And of course plenty of storage space. Thanks again for all your input. I will definitely take all this into account for my final decision.
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The key to good laptop experience is at least 4 cores and really good thermal cooling designed into the laptop. As an example I have a Dell precision 5520 (just like an xps15) and the thermals on it suck so rendering is a real problem. I wish i'd gone with a more brash gaming laptop that has better cooling.
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I totally understand. I already have the wrong laptop and now am searching for an alternative. I also think it is good that one can be hooked to a larger monitor effectively. Here are a couple of links I found but do not know if these are good. I am going to ask a techie friend to look it over. https://www.msi.com/Laptop/GS63VR-7RF-Stealth-Pro.html
that is the products page and here is one of the places it can be bought with various versions of the product https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?ci=24610&fct=fct_brand_name|msi&N=3670569600 Maybe I will need a desktop but I will openly explore my options first. Hope all is well with you and thank you for your response.
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I also just now found it on Amazon!
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Hi Dave,

You're going to get a lot of different responses since there's so many different ways to skin a cat ;)

The better the processor, the better/faster your render times will be (the act of creating or exporting the MP4 video file for uploading to youtube).

I use a 15" HP Pavilion laptop that's mainly billed as a gaming laptop. It is an internal GTX 1050 graphics card which helps with on-screen playback, and the processor is a 7th generation Intel i5. I installed a 500 GB SSD drive along side the 1 TB HDD that came with it, and I use the SSD for everything except backups... I back up to the HDD (and externally).

The 15" screen size is too small for serious video editing, so I have a setup whereby I have 3 external monitors that are all 28" in size. To make this work, I got a DisplayLink adaptor that plugs into the laptop via USB, and that drives two of the monitors (the two I have on the sides), and I use the HDMI output from the laptop to drive my center monitor (thus taking advantage of the GTX 1050 graphics card on my center monitor only.

I love this setup because although I do most of my work on the center screen, I have lot of other things open "on the wings" like File Manager windows for dragging and dropping media content, Adobe Audition for sound editing, Filezilla for file transfers, Outlook, Google Chrome, etc. To make sure all these apps can operate at the same time I have 16 GB of RAM... and I NEVER run into trouble. I think I only ever really use about half of that.

So... YES you can be a video editor with a laptop, but at the very least I highly recommend an external monitor you can plug it into. For me personally, I go on the road often, and want to be able to bring my work with me... so unplugging the laptop and going is super easy.

I bought this laptop a couple months ago... I think it's like $800 or so, plus add the 8 GB extra RAM to bring it up to 16 GB was $80 or so, and the 500 GB SSD drive was around $100. I've had the DisplayLink dual monitor dock for a couple years... I think it was around $150-$200.

Hope that helps!

Rob.

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You're setup is kind of what I had in mind. Portability but with enough power to do what I need to do. The addition of larger monitors has been suggested by a couple of people and it seems to be a great idea. Your setup sounds nice and I'm glad it's working for you. The way you setup the three monitors looks to be a good option. The Display link adapter is new to me. I also often have more than one app or windows open at the same time and can see the advantage of multiple monitors. I am going to be going to Switzerland soon and portability is a big plus at the moment. Near future addition of monitors make things more feasible for me at the moment. Thank you so much for the input. There is a lot to take in and learn but I'm loving it. Super fun! Nice all the help and guidance I've received. Have a great day!
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So, Dave J Shank

Myself personally, I like Dell computers. I’ve been using them for years and I’ve had a lot of good service out of them.

For high performance you want the XPS line. If I had to replace mine today, I would choose this one. https://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/dell-desktop-computers/xps-tower/spd/xps-8930-desktop/dxcwvmax004hb

When purchasing a computer through Dell it’s always best to contact them over the phone. Because the person you speak to will probably give you additional discounts. It will be in the form of a Dell coupon that you will have to use within 30 days or something like that. I purchased 2 additional internal hard drives with my discount when I purchased my computer. I ordered them from Dell and installed them myself.

This particular computer comes with a standard hard drive. Although, it’s a fast hard drive. You have the option to upgrade to an SSD. It’s 150 additional dollars for a 512 gigabyte or 350 for a 1 terabyte drive. So that’s kind of pricey. SSD’s are nice, the computer fires up faster. Program start faster and you can transfer files faster. However, overall. When it comes to video editing I think they’re overrated.

I purchased my XPS 8700 almost 4 years ago. At that time Dell used Seagate barracuda 7200 RPM hard drives. I have little doubt they still use the same hard drives. But I have no way of guaranteeing that. I’ve done my own testing of read/write speeds of these drives. I can transfer 100 GB of files from one drive to the other at a rate of 7 GB per minute.

In a nutshell, when you rendering a video. Odds are, you will be writing/rendering that video at a speed under 1 GB per minute.

 So, if you only have 1 hard drive installed on your computer. 2 things must occur. Camtasia needs to read files stored on the C drive. These files are” Temporarily placed in RAM memory”

Plus, it needs to write the video to the same drive.

The hard drive is only capable of reading or writing as a separate function. It cannot perform both functions at the same time.

This is where more RAM memory can come in handy. When you rendering a video the CPU and GPU are accessing RAM memory to perform the task of rendering. Therefore, the C Drive can spend all its time writing/rendering the video.

If there wasn’t enough RAM memory in the computer to hold all the video files on the timeline. The rendering process would have to be paused at some point. Then, the hard drive would have to switch to write mode and replace RAM data. Then the rendering process could continue.

In reality, this delay is not a huge delay. Were talking in terms of several seconds in most cases. But I think it’s best to understand what’s really going on in order to make the best decision.

I run 3 internal hard drives. 1 hard drive is dedicated to the rendering of videos. So there’s never a conflict when it comes to reading and writing files. 2 drives handle the reading and one drive handles the writing. Once again, I have 16 GB of RAM. So if there was a pause to replenish RAM memory during the render process. It would not be that big of a deal. A 16 GB plus video takes a very long time to render. Any delay to replenish RAM is minor by comparison.

SSD’s make everything run faster. Program start faster, Windows starts faster etc. and so forth. However, once you’ve actually opened Camtasia and placed your media on the timeline. The advantages of an SSD are no longer prevalent. You can have 3 high-capacity internal hard drives cheaper than you can have one SSD. So from an economic standpoint, it’s a good place to save money. With a 7 gigabyte read and write speed. These hard drives write at speeds 10 times faster than Camtasia will be rendering video in most cases.

I think there’s an argument for what is your time worth? With regards to SSD’s. I added a Seagate fire Cuda hybrid drive to my system a year or so ago. Windows does fire up faster. Plus, 2 or 3 programs will open faster. Hybrid drives form a memory of what you open the most often. Based on that, those functions operate faster. Open different programs on other days, the information gets replaced and those programs work better for the next couple of days. So the system is pretty flaky.

If Windows fires up 40 seconds faster per day. Your programs fire up 30 seconds faster per day. If you total all this up over a long period of time. You may feel that it justifies the cost.

 With video editing you need a lot of storage space. You can pick up 2 TB Seagate barracudas for around 60 bucks at Amazon. 2 TB SSD will cost you an arm and leg by comparison.

This particular Dell comes with a GTX 1060 graphics card with 6 GB of memory. That’s a nice beefy card. It’s more than you need for Camtasia.

 If you are going to get into 3D modeling, advanced special-effects work like Adobe After Effects with lighting effects. You would want a different type of graphics card. The Quadro line is the next step up in the Nvidia line. That is something you would want to negotiate with Dell as a custom-built.

For general video editing purposes. The Quadro is unnecessary. Quadro handles the mathematics for 3D CAD work at lightning speed, anti-aliasing displays in wireframe mode. High resolution displays especially associated with CAD work. And a whole host of other features strictly related to 3D rendering and interaction with professional applications.

I run a Nvidia GTX 660 OEM. It’s more than enough card for Camtasia. I wouldn’t mind having a 1060 in my machine instead. I do work with special-effects in After Effects using lighting in 3D space, particle emitters and the types of things where a Quadro would come in quite handy. I just don’t find myself doing it often enough to upgrade.

The key to a good-looking video is being able to see exactly what the video is going to look like when it’s done. It’s difficult to tell what a 1920 by 1080 video is going to look like in fine detail. If you’re editing it on a small monitor. If the canvas area is 10 inches by 5 inches. The video is much smaller/compressed then it is in reality. A lot of pixels have been discarded and rearranged to display the image you are seeing. So what you are actually seeing and editing is a distorted depiction of the original video. A 1920 by 1080 video measures nearly 24 inches diagonally. Or 21 inches by 11 inches.

So it takes a whole lot of screen to see video in its original form. Ideally, you want to go with dual monitors. That’s another reason I think using a laptop is kind of a joke. Once you plug another monitor into a laptop. It’s technically not a laptop any longer because is no longer portable. Isn’t that the entire point of using a laptop is its portability? Unless you consider lugging around another monitor along with your laptop portable.

I switched to a 32-inch primary monitor last year. It’s a HP omen 2560 by 1440 display. It specs are 1st class. Most monitors with the same specs cost much more.

I worked with dual 23 inch monitors for years. That worked out quite well.


But this new set up is the best. A 1920 by 1080 video doesn’t fill the 32 inch viewing area at 100 percent canvas size. So I always know exactly what the videos going to look like when it’s done. When I zoom in or out of the canvas area. The real estate area I have to work with is massive.


So, this works for me. What works for you might be entirely different.

Hopefully, this gives you something to think about.

Here is a link to a forum post where the member wanted information about purchasing a laptop 3 years ago. I discussed purchasing a Dell with KMKelly. Kelly went with the Dell. “She I think” was so pleased with the performance of the Dell she named it “The Beast”

https://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith/topics/spec-for-a-laptop-devoted-to-camtasia

As far as choppiness and Lag goes. As you edit and add effects, Pan and Zoom etc. Depending on the footage.The resolution of that footage.Some choppiness and lag will be unavoidable. 

Camtasia doesn't let you reduce the resolution of playback on the canvas. Or Pre-render  timeline playback like Premier Pro and some other video editing programs. 4K video is especially prone to lag as a result. So don't expect smooth payback in all situations. You won't get it.   

Regards, Joe

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I accidentally uploaded a software canvas area comparison image.

This is what Camtasia looks like when I'm editing at 100% zoom level.

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Wow Joe!!! Very informative and helpful! The model you referred me too looks SUPER IMPRESSIVE! The reviews are awesome and I can now clearly see why you said the best laptop for Camtasia is a DESKTOP! Your reasoning is above reasonable! My only reservation is that I am soon going to Switzerland possibly to stay and moving a desktop may be a bit of a challenge. Still I am now thinking the desktop is a MUCH BETTER option. Way better of a setup than I was envisioning. More powerful options to choose from at much better price. Runs cooler.... the advantages appear to Hugely outweigh the disadvantages. I will have to give this careful consideration over the next several days. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL THE INFORMATION! And for sharing your hard work and research.... experience with me. It is invaluable. Maybe I will end up with a Desktop "BEAST" of my own. I can certainly see that a better editing result would come from a setup like the one you suggest. Have an amazing day and THANK YOU... THANK YOU.... THANK YOU! I definitely AM IMPRESSED with Camtasia NOW I NEED CAPABLE HARDWARE to effectively run it! Your input will, I'm sure lead me in that direction much more quickly!
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Why doe sit say 16GB "or more" in the system requirements? Would "more" help?
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I would make sure the laptop processor is Intel 8th generation or newer, i5 or higher.  Or AMD Ryzen 2 or newer.   No point in getting a NEW laptop with older processors, but many are being sold out there.   

I'm still chugging along with a gen 3 i5 laptop.   But I do not do any high level editing.  720p is the highest I usually render if anything.  And I will delay upgrading [Camtasia] until Camtasia 2019 comes out.
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8th gen will be costly. I7 will be plenty of power and make sure you have at least 8GB RAM. It would also be wise to have an SSD under the hood. Or at least a hybrid.
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Amazon.com is showing 8250U or 8300H processor Acer/Dell/Lenovo/Asus laptops with 15" Full HD, 8GB ram and 2-4gb Nvidia/AMD, and SSD for under $600.   I remember just 5 years ago 2-3x the price and 1/5 the specs.

But let's say you get a gaming one under $900.    it will last you 3-5 years or longer of daily use.  Especially if you use a laptop cooler (vacumn exhaust fans work very well).
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Is there a reason you want to use a laptop? A desktop can be more powerful and oftentimes cheaper.
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It's a question of convenience. If your full time job is video editing 4k video or RAW photos, a desktop is superior. If you are mobile, or do occassional video editing, a laptop is superior mainly because of the convenience factor. You still can connect to an external monitor/keyboard/et al and have built-in "battery backup". Kind of hard to carry around desktop to the meeting across town.

If you can only get one, i push people to get a branded laptop with 2-3 year warranty.
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Not to mention that with a desktop, unless you take steps to order it with or add additional hardware, they are generally configured to only work with one single monitor. While a laptop generally is automatically configured to easily allow a second monitor with no changes other than connecting one and instructing it to use the monitor.
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Good point about no standard dual monitor support.However.

That's because a Desktop can utilize a huge monitor up to 4K.
Whereas a laptop has a 17" screen at best that is comical with regards to editing.Opting to tie into a external monitor is best. 

Unless you don't mind being incapable of seeing what your doing well.Making it easy to miss errors.Primarily with HD content.

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Admittedly it's been a very long while since I've purchased or dealt with desktops. Long ago I abandoned them in favor of laptops because of work and portability. 

I have to say that I'm kind of astonished that just out of the box, one is able to use a  4K monitor without any modifications or special video card. I guess that's the new standard now?

Also wondering when 4K will be surpassed and what the next logical step will be for those with more money to blow than god. LOL

Cheers... Rick :)
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Most if not all GPU's come with more than one and most often 4 ports for additional monitors. If you're buying a desktop with an integrated GPU then don't expect to have an easy go of it when video editing because it will borrow from the RAM on the MB to run and that will slow the system down big time.

You will need a graphics card for sure when doing editing on a desktop. Plus with a desktop you can swap out and upgrade GPUs and CPUs just as easy as you can add additional RAM sticks and HDs. Most laptops only allow a small amount of additional RAM and only one HD. Desktops can have quite a few HDs to spread the work on so as to speed things up even more. Laptops have to rely on external drives and even with a USB C connection it's nowhere near as fast as a direct connection to the MB. And most MBs today even offer M.2 drives to make things even faster.
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It would be interesting to know just how many folks that use Camtasia are "that deep" into video editing where they would have the funding and need to invest in that kind of a desktop system.

My gut says that something described above falls into the realm of folks that are into professional editing where lots of money is involved and I would surmise that most Camtasia users just aren't that deep. As such, most users fall into the "run what ya brung" category.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that it's bad or wrong or shouldn't be strived to achieve. Just that such a system is likely only a pipe dream and out of reach for the vast majority of Camtasia users.

Cheers... Rick :)
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You can actually build a system that will run circles around any laptop for the exact same price. A $600 laptop cannot compare to a $600 desktop. And if you don't know how to build them, go to newegg online or bestbuy in your neighborhood and buy one already built. Just make sure it has room for expansion so later on down the road if you want you can add power. Or, go on youtube and watch how some people build video editing PC on a budget. I've seen nice systems for between $600 to $700 all over the Internet that can do video editing.
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I don't think most Camtasia uses are as primitive as you think.

Their corporations creating videos for their employees.

Professors, creating video for their collage students.

Teachers in all walks of life.

As a teaching tool, this is TechSmiths target demographic. Not gamers, not everyday video editors.Teachers need video from camcorders,DSLR's etc. incorporated into their tutorials.
That's where all these new video codecs and format support came from came from. Not for Camtasia becoming a full fledged video editor. At least that's not the read I got from it.If that was TechSmith  intention.They forgot to add all the other features full fledged video editors offer. Which are extensive.So, that doesn't add up.You can get a standard "all the bells and whistles" editor for 1/2 the cost.

So, educators have the funding to purchase a high performance desktop.

Plus, a Laptop  typically cost 50% more for the same performance.

And  desktop typically lasts longer then a laptop.Because they are built better.

Laptops are built flimsy and light for portability.And get battered as they are transported around town.So they break down easier.


Desktops are built rugged and heavy.Suffer little damage as they sit in one place, and tend to rarely break down.
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LOL, I do understand that desktops are comparatively cheaper, but I think your views on the educational environment are out of touch with education overall if you think educators have sufficient funding for much of anything. From what I've seen, it's a constant struggle.

Based on my own personal experience with traveling all over the US to perform on-site training for a couple of software packages Adobe makes, the most common refrain I see and hear is that "oh yeah, the training room always gets the worst equipment" as well as in nearly every case, the corporate person using the software is bringing their corporate laptop with them that they will be using to operate the software.

Cheers... Rick :)
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I know much of the teaching environment. I have been teaching for decades. But you're 100% correct. The funding is just not there.
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Teachers in the public school system have been know to buy paper, pens, etc.These are not the ones hosting videos on websites.
And there students are not taking required classes online.

So you can argue till the cows come home about the wonders of the laptop. It's still second best. For all the reasons I've stated in this thread. And then some.

My 4 year old computer has a processor that's almost as fast, as fastest ones available today.
What it lacks is SSD's. So I purchased 3 ........1TB Samsung 860 EVO drives yesterday.

1 will power the operating system "Only"
1 will host media files for the purpose of editing "Only"
1 will handle cached video playback files, Proxy files, etc. I may use it to render videos to as well, but the external drives can handle that. So I haven't decided for sure.

My current Fast, 2TB 7200rpm disk drives will be outside in docking ports hooked up through USB 3 ports. They will handle most of my media.Screen recordings, Downloaded media, computer backups, etc. all go through them. If its to be edited, it can be placed on the SSD's for that purpose.

Making for a higher powered video editing experiencing. You can't do upgrades like that with a laptop.Period.


With a Laptop, your stuck with the original purchase. "Pretty much" So spare me any more laptop praise.

I'm turbocharging my desktop,  and could still do more.

Regards,Joe

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Yeah, but it's not me that needs convincing on the virtues of the desktop VS the laptop. Seems that the original poster Dave J Shank began the thread by asking what the best laptop for Camtasia 2018 is.
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I researched this issue a few months ago; here is what I determined ...

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme
Part No: 20MFCTO1WW
8th Generation Intel® CoreTM Î7-8850H vPro 6
• Core Processor (2.60GHz, up to 4.30GHz with Turbo Boost, 9MB Cache)
• Windows 10 Pro 64
• Windows 10 Pro 64 English
• 15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS anti-glare, 300nits
• 32GB DÇR4 2666MHz
• NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050Ti 4GB GDDR5 720p HD Camera with ThinkShutter and

microphone
• Backlit Keyboard - US English
• Fingerprint Reader
• Hardware dTPM
• 1TB Solid State Drive PCIe-NVMe OPAL2.0 M.2
• 1TB Solid State Drive PCIe-NVMe OPAL2.0 M.2
• 2TB
• 4 cell Li-Polymer 80Wh
• 135W AC Adapter (2pin)
• Intel 9560 802.11AC vPro (2 x 2) & Bluetooth 5.0
• Full size Ethernet Extension Connector
• vPro Certified
• Publication - English
1 Year Depot or Carry-in

not cheap, but should do the job very nicely; consider how it would work connected to 2 ea 42" monitors, wireless mouse, keyboard


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but you can't use your desktop on an airplane ...
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Joe, you deleted your last post while I was typing ???
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No, you can't use your desktop on an airplane. But how many people are editing video on airplanes? Plus, nothing wrong with laptops for daily tasks. And since most do video editing at home, why not use a desktop for half the price? With what you save with the desktop you can buy a laptop to use when on the road.
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not to debate this, but me for one; I do screencasting work "on the road"; so a desktop system just doesn't work; a laptop has a built-in UPS [battery]; I usually worked plugged into AC, but the battery has saved my backside many times when AC power outages have occurred [when in my office, I actually keep my laptop plugged into a UPS, so I have double level  protection]

no question that a desktop system is less expensive; but I've been using laptops and desktops for business use for 18 years; I've found laptops to be very durable [let's face it, they are made to travel and take the expected bumps]; I've occasionally had to repair a laptop; has not been a problem, been able to use local PC shops to do the work

this is a personal preference issue; I've screencasted since 2001 on both desktops and laptops; as long as I had a large external monitor, the differences were irrelevant; except the laptop could travel along with me

FWIW, I've actually experienced more failures on my desktop systems [fans, power supplies, HDs] than I have with my laptops; my current laptop has 2 internal drives, and I usually work on a 24" external

to each his own ...
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32GB of RAM is overkill for Camtasia. But I'll match your specs for the fun of it.  I'll also thrown in a Dell IPS Ultra display, which are first class displays .  And a faster, newer, 8th generation processor than the Lenovo's.

I'll top that off with a list price that's $734.00 cheaper than yours. Plus a $174.00 Credit through Dell to buy some accessories.You have to become a Dell member "For Free" to take $58.00 of the price of the laptop before purchasing.
And this thing isn't on sale.Its the regular price.

Add it together, and its equal to $908.00 less than your Lenovo. And a better performing  computer.





Hows that for a laptop recommendation?

With a caveat, laptops are not cost efficient.I could build a desktop with several SSD hard drives, Large 4K monitor, better processor, all the bells and whistles and have money left over.

So I'll always endorse Desktops over laptops.And point people toward them, before they take the plunge on a laptop. And give them the opportunity to weigh their options. I've been thanked for doing so more than once.
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interesting laptop

but it looks like that Dell has only 1 ea SSD at 1 TB; the Lenovo has 2 ea SSD at 1 TB each [ 2 TB total internal storage]; or maybe I'm not reading the Dell specs correctly?
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Yeah, I didn’t catch the 2 SSD’s originally.

That led me to further research. SSD’s for laptops are way too expensive. I did research a Dell Alienware computer. I could get to the same place as the Lenovo computer. But it was actually a couple hundred dollars more.

However, it came with 2 SSD’s and 1 Spinning Disc HD. So you would have a third spinning disc to record your screen recording to and store media. Download media to, etc. and extend the life of your SSD’s. If you're writing a lot of video files to your SSD's. Especially Camtasia recordings with their large file sizes. And 4K video footage. You're going to wear out those $750 SSD's rather rapidly. That 1 terabyte hard disk could prove invaluable. Between recording and temporary files alone. Your SSD's would really appreciate it.

Plus, the graphics card is about 3 times more powerful than the graphics card in the Lenovo

 https://www.nvidia.com/en-us/geforce/products/10series/laptops/

The processor is basically the same thing with a different turboburst speed rating thats slightly lower. Burst speeds are overrated, as it only applies to a temporary state. Which generally does not apply to video editing. When you're processor is pretty much idling and running cool. Turbo boost is a temporary overclocking of the CPU. As the CPU heats up and workloads increase. Turbo boost becomes inconsequential and must be shut down.

1 TB solid-state drives are going for $750 in the Lenovo computer. I didn’t calculate what they go for in the Dell.

I purchased 3 of them for $400 for my desktop.

 I don’t think there’s many situations where you absolutely have to sit in a motel room and edit your videos. Or on an airplane, or sitting at poolside, or in your backyard.

 I can’t imagine many situations where people are out on the road under crushing deadlines, needing to get a video produced, that they can’t wait until they get to their office, or their home, to a desktop computer and edit their videos.

For myself personally, I will never go down that rabbit hole.








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thanks for clearing up the drive thing
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Hi all;

Some excellent comments in here (and a few off-topic; please try to stay within the confines of the OP's original question), so it's definitely appreciated. I think that "best laptop" or even just "best computer" for Camtasia will almost exclusively be limited to your editing behaviors, recording needs, and budget. We in Technical Support often see users with budget laptops being extremely successful with Camtasia, even more so after a little troubleshooting or coaching, while on the flip side I have seen an absolute beast of a computer just come screeching to a halt while trying to edit/produce a small project. I think that defining a budget is also an important step as it is very easy to just go a little overboard at times, so I'd like to put forth one of my personal (and in no way endorsed by TechSmith) recommendations for a very reliable laptop that is extremely proficient at handling what I throw at it while being largely affordable when looking at the scope/scale of power-to-price.

I personally use an MSI GS63VR Stealth Pro 4k and outside of some occasional heat concerns when playing a couple of different video games (and only once with Camtasia), it is literally a rock-solid machine that stands toe-to-toe with my desktop workstation at the office. I'd recommend taking a look at it if it falls within your budget.

Lenovo has come up a few times and I absolutely love their machines; rock solid performance, attractive case, generally affordable and feature rich. I used the same trusty Lenovo all through University and it worked pretty solid throughout. Dell I can't speak to as I've actually never used one of their laptops (but I have used plenty of Dell desktops) so I'll defer to the experiences of the other community members on that end.

Note though that some of the issues you are running into might be addressed with your existing hardware; it could be that there are editing behaviors or issues with source files that are causing the issue. It is entirely possible that the issue is hardware related as well; I would be curious to know if you have opened a Support Ticket at all? There are a ton of different things that could be a part of the problem so the Support team would be a good place to start.

Hope that helps!

-Robert

note: the product opinions in this response are mine and mine along and not intended to be an endorsement by TechSmith
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Now there's a recommendation that makes sense.

The processor is faster than either of $3500 laptops shown above.
Which most laptop CPU's are  underwhelming performance wise. Compared to the available Desktop CPU's.

Surrounding a lower powered CPU with 2 SSD's at an increased price of $2000.00. I don't see how that gets you anywhere notable. Well, it empties the bank account quite notably.    
 
The MSI GS63VR Stealth Pro 4k I looked at had 2 HD One SSD and one disk, 5400rpm  32GB RAM etc. for $1600.00
  https://www.amazon.com/GS63VR-Stealth-Notebook-i7-7700HQ-NVIDIA/dp/B07582BGJG/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&... 

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yes, I agree it is a good recommendation from Robert