Camatasia for Mac video export speed

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Hey guys! I've just switched to Camtasia from Screenflow for Mac. And I found that Camtasia exporting video with default settings to mp4 is significantly slower than it is in Screenflow. So I ask - is there any way to make exporting process faster? 

And I noticed, that SnagIt records file to MP4 on the fly, so when I click save it doesn't need time to export videos. Am I correct? Does it mean that if I record quick videos for consumers that I need right away I would better do it in snag it than in Camtasia? 
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max

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bill.raymond

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Hi Max,

I’m not really sure about Snagit, but if that’s working for you, I would say go with it. As for Camtasia, it is pretty slow to output, especially when compared to its Windows counterpart (maybe they aren’t using Metal?).

You can adjust the settings to speed things up, but chances are you will reduce the video quality. For optimal recording abs output, I recommend u you use a product like QuickRes and a second monitor. Set the secondary monitor to what you want to output, like 1920x1080, then Camtasia doesn’t need to downscale at the typically higher Mac resolutions.

Hope that helps.
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Sorry about the spelling errors. I was responding on my phone and pressed the submit button a little too quickly :-)
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Hi Max,

So the fundamental difference between how Snagit and Camtasia do video is Snagit is actually rendering your video while you record. This allows you to have a shareable mp4 as soon as you stop your recording. The tradeoff here is, apart from trimming, you can't edit a Snagit video. Camtasia records raw data which you can then edit to your heart's content, but that means it will have to render all of that after you record. So you pretty much figured it out, Snagit is best for quick videos you want to share right away and Camtasia is useful for making more engaging videos, but it takes a little more time. I hope this helps!