Camtasia 8.08 Windows Records Black Rectange When Adobe Flash Content Is On The Screen

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Camtasia 8.08 on Windows 10 64bit current build, records black rectange when adobe Flash content is on the screen.
The content in question comes from Shaw Bluecurve TV (which is the same as Comcasts online service).  

I have used Camtasia to record such content for years and I do not know what changed (perhaps an update to Flash via Windows Update).

I have confirmed Camtasia screen records other content without problem.  

Even if I start recording and then move a Chrome or CrEdge browser with BlueCurveTV on it in the recording frame, that content is a solid black block.

It is like there is some content protection blocking the recording.

Thoughts? 


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I doubt that there is content protection that blocks recording, because there is no way for them to know that you are recording your screen -- in other words, if it's visible on your screen then Camtasia should record it.  I just installed the current Flash update.  Post the link with flash content and I will make a test -- I'm also running under the current Win10 64-bit.  If I can record it with v8.6 perhaps you might want to update to that version -- the last of the version 8 releases.
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For what it's worth, I cannot get Snagit to screen capture Windows Media Player files (I *think* Camtasia is the same), so there may be a class of multimedia content that doesn't show up for the screen capture process - be it still or moving picture. 
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It appears Shaw Bluecurve TV is video on demand.
I suspect they've added blockers to their content.

I have DirecTV. I could stream using their on demand app if I wanted to. They use blockers too.
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From the Recorder window, click Tools > Options.

Is the option labeled "Capture layered windows" enabled?

If not, enable it, click OK and try again. See if you now get a recording.

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Hi All; 

I am still testing but I have gone through Ricks set CAPTURE LAYERED WINDOWS to ON but mine was already enabled.  I turned it off for fun and confirmed that the setting did not effect the result.  I still have a black rectange.  

As for DRM type content protection in Flash, I found http://copy-protect-flash.com/copy-protect-flash.php which seems to indicate they do have a process to block screen grabs.

I am still working on it and will report a solution when found.

Thanks and please keep making suggestions.

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I can't help but to wonder if the following may be possible. Connect a smart phone to the computer so it's mirrored. Then play the content via the smart phone where you see it on the smart phone and also the computer. Then see if it can be recorded from the computer.

Might be worth a shot.

Also found this video that was embedded in a Quora article:
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The lawsuits were dropped because people were paying for the content.

I would think that covers other paid subscriptions as well.
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Oh, and just to clarify.

I have the cloner box I left the link for. It decrypts and records directly from my DirecTV DVR without issue.

I didn't throw that link out there in hopes I was correct.

As an asterix *
When you hit record and the media player goes black. Odds are ,its blocked.


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Re "The lawsuits were dropped because people were paying for the content." -- Not exactly.  If people pay for content and then use it to make money via redistribution, or even if they distribute that content without profit to themselves but their action reduces the income to the original content creator, they can be held liable.

If you record video and then distribute it, you can be prosecuted for copyright infringement.  If you make a xerox copy of a book (or even just a "significant portion thereof") and then distribute it, you can be prosecuted for copyright infringement.

The liability issue is why YouTube and other media sites regularly remove video clips.

There is a substantial body of copyright law -- statutes and case law -- governing this.  The only major changes in recent years have to do with sampling and repurposing existing material to create a new work that is substantially different from the source material.
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Not sure why your beating this horse RG?

I was simply referring to recording a signal coming into your house .You're the one who has expanded this topic to include Piracy.

We could take the topic further than you did. And include the International shipping of CD's to Australia and beyond.    

Yes, committing crimes is a crime.

The courts concluded that when you pay for the content/signal coming into your home. You can record and watch it at your leisure. It would not be a crime. And it hasn't been challenged since to the best of my knowledge. 

Those that took advantage,  mass produced &  pirated movies.
 Then threw them in their Chevy Vega to sell on a street corner around Christmas time. On a  Detroit Street corner or LA perhaps.
Could get arrested.

I never suggested  you can pirate the content or sell it anywhere in my previous posts.  Give copies to your neighbors, nothing of the sort.