Camtasia 9: Record the Screen: Save Configuration

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Greetings,

Camtasia's screen recorder offers several settings, for choosing which portion of your screen that gets recorded.  It even includes "Recent areas", for conveniently using the same area, again, for a recording in exactly the same section of the screen.  So far, so good.

However, there is no name attached to the "Recent areas" listing.  It lists only the dimensions.

When recording several different windows, of various sizes and screen placement, it would be helpful to have a listing of saved areas that you can name.

The current listing that appears, when clicking the "Custom" menu, need only grow by one line.  That line could be named, for example, "Saved areas", and could have a sub-menu associated with it.  That sub-menu could hold/list 10+ names of saved settings; names that the user has chosen; names that mean something to the user.

This 9 second video identifies the custom recording section to which my above information is referencing:
https://youtu.be/TIchaWN-33M

Thank you.
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yours is a very valid request; it's been offered up by myself and others many times over the past years; hopefully ... maybe someday?
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I discovered a reasonably good solution (not perfect -- but good).

Using the "camrecorder.exe" program, I discovered that, via the Windows command prompt, you can apply various arguments/options, to get the screen recording initialized, with specificity.

If you type:
camrecorder -help
(or)
camrecorder --help
you will be presented with a help screen on the various options.  Near the bottom of the help, it shows the option for setting the positioning of the screen recorder, which includes the height and width.

I created a video that shows how to use this feature, both manually (by typing in the command along with the options), and also with the use of batch files (.bat files) that I created that performs the same function.

The benefit of the batch files is that you can place them on your desktop (or anywhere you desire), and you can name them so that you will know for what purpose they are intended.

Keep in mind that the "camcorder.exe" program is very likely NOT going to be in your command prompt's "path" (the locations that Windows will check for the program when you type it and press return).  So you will have to find where you installed it on your PC, and adjust your navigation to that directory, accordingly.

You will see, in my video, that my copy of "camrecorder.exe" is located in:
D:\Program Files\TechSmith\Camtasia 9
So I run the command from that directory (and my batch files navigate to that directory).

Here is an 86 second video that portrays the above:
https://youtu.be/WfQwVL4z4PQ
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very creative; thanks for sharing