Camtasia discontinues capturing video upon Windows Screen Lock

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I was capturing a web session with my computer where I left my computer recording the screen+audio and joined others in another conference room. When I get back to complete the capture and save, I find that the audio captured fine but the screen quit changing at the exact time that I hit <Alt>+'L' on my pc to lock my computer screen. I need for my screen to be able to go into locked mode as it is 'illegal' to leave my computer accessible if I am not in the room with it.
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Jim Basler

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Posted 12 months ago

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Ed Covney

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I don't think it's illegal, I leave mine on all the time.  But I see your dilemma.
Camtasia can't partially undo your "lock", so I think you'll have to find another method.
For example, could you lock the your office door?  If you unplugged your keyboard and took it with you, would that do the trick? Back in the 80s, we had lockable key boards, and the cord was locked in place.
Maybe ask your IT folks if they know a way that can leave the recording session moving, but lock others out. I rent a lock box at my bank, it's 24"D x 11.5"W  x ~2.5"H. If I passed the cord thru the side of said box, I think that would work.
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David B. Demyan

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I think this is more of a Microsoft Windows thing than a Camtasia thing. I believe locking the screen stops the video feed to the monitor to save power/computing resources. With no video to record, it's difficult to get an image.
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Either prioritize your meetings (most productive people know when to say 'no') or physically secure that computer so no one can access it.

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Thanks for the suggestions.  In my case I work in a office CUBE so there's no door to lock.  As for choosing to say 'no', the situation is that our group (I'm in IT), are undergoing some internal web-based training from a client and our group is gathered in a conference room watching the training presentation and my plan was to record this from my desktop pc sitting in my CUBE - - but I guess 'you can't get there from here.'