camtasia does not stop planting, and especially since the last update, it's lamentable!

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camtasia does not stop planting, and especially since the last update, it's lamentable!
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kayakman, Champion

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"stop planting"  ???
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rg

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Mebbe like a face-plant?
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David Bookbinder

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"planting," from urbandictionary.com:

1. The act of letting a log sit in the toilet long enough, so that when someone goes to flush it, it explodes into a crap hurricane, and releases a foul odour.

2. When you plant yourself face first into the ground with your a** up in the air, arms flat on the ground. Looks like you just ''don't a ****, and you gave up on life''.
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oh I don't speak english ok Guss! No planting but this : the system crashes, it is ok for you
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Re: DEC -- I worked at Sperry Univac, which then dropped the Univac (becoming just Sperry, to the great concern of the European customers) and then Unisys.  Spent the 1980s there.

Re: DaVinci Resolve -- beware, it doesn't work well with all graphics cards.  Won't work with my NVidia.  However, it is the go-to alternative for most of the editors I know, when they aren't able to use FCP.  The nice thing about DaVinci is that the free version does most of what most of us need; the prices accrue as you add to the software.
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@Rick Stone, In each case, I was dealing with the second-level support people. Where I worked, when a problem kept repeating and the 2nd-level support people couldn't solve it, it got bumped back to development. That's the right thing to do, in a professional software organization.

@kayakman, Which DEC location did you work at? I was at Spitbrook Road in Nashua, NH. 

@Joe Morgan, DaVinci Resolve looks much more complex than Camtasia, but I've signed up for a Udemy course to run me through the basics. That will also let me see how buggy/crash-prone it seems to be. If it doesn't seem suitable for what I want to do, or is too complex, I'm thinking I'll check out Adobe's products next.
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David Bookbinder

sales offices in Riverdale/Lanham Maryland; then a corporate position at Maynard, MA; was there when the blizzard of '78 hit; it snowed 44" in 12 hours

rg

glad to hear you're also a pre-PC alumni; those were definitely the good old days ...


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FWIW,

TechSmith Support directly passes on crashes and bug reports to our engineering team. They work directly with individual engineers to troubleshoot and resolve problems. They are also actively involved with our quality analysis and decision making. I highly encourage your to take advantage of their services and submit tickets and crash reports. Even if not resolved on the front lines we keep track of these things and use them as more information becomes available. Every crash bums us out. These are complex systems with intensive requirements so it's not always possible to duplicate and fix on the first several passes. We need the feedback and data though.

Brooks
Camtasia Technical Product Manager
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Well, if every crash bums you out, it will really bum you out to find, as I just did, that Camtasia 2018 sometimes can't even read its own Camtasia Recorder .trec files. 

This morning, I recorded about an hour of a webinar so I could watch it later. The recording was a full-screen 1080p recording with system audio. When I double-clicked the .trec file, about 6GB, Camtasia was unable to read it. Error message: "Cannot Load File. It Is Either an Unsupported Media Type or Required Codecs Are Not Found"

I looked over the help for this error. None of the conditions listed on it apply. And, I was able to play the .trec file in a media player and convert the file to MP4 with Handbrake. There is nothing wrong with the file. There is something wrong with Camtasia, when it can't even read files created with its own screen recorder.

And yes, I've submitted a ticket. Again. For yet another problem with Camtasia.

EDIT: I see, from other threads in this forum, that this problem has been happening for at least 7 years.

David
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If you want to do basic editing in Davinci Resolve.
Its great for that. And free to boot, I understand why so many people are willing to use it.

However,
With regards to effects, compositing and color correction. You have to learn a whole new strategy bringing elements together.
Nodes are applied/created/used in several configurations.................................
If you have a command of the following commands.
You're ahead of the curve.....

1. Add Serial Node
2. Add Serial Before Current
3. Add Parallel Node
4. Add Layer Node
5. Append a Node
6. Add Outside Node
7. Add Splitter/Combiner Node
8. Add Serial Node + CPW
9. Add Serial Node + LPW
10. Add Serial Node + PPW
11.Add Serial Node + PCW
12. Enable/Disable Current Node
13. Enable/Disable All Nodes
14. Delete Current Node

Think about this.............
Davinci Resolve 12 and 12.5 the "Full version" Would set you back $995.00 just a little over 2 years ago.




There was a price drop of 70%.
This occurred with the release of version 14. Which had a lot of new features.



Why the steep drop?
I suspect its the nodes.

You can fill in the blanks yourself.

By comparison..... Camtasia 2019 would drop to $74.00 at 70% off.

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I installed DaVinci Resolve 14 but discovered that I could view the source video only during a scrubbing motion, not when paused or nudged.  DaVinci support explained that this was due to a conflict with my GeForce video card.  I currently use Vegas 16, mostly to color correct (and because I can't get Camtasia 8.6 to decode the Sony camera's XAVC S HD files).  I'm considering trying HitFilm Express (free for the basic "Express" version, costly for the Pro version -- and if you want color correction in the free version, the add-on is an additional charge).
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HitFilm also looks interesting. On my list. Thanks.
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Joe Morgan

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Hit Film is pretty nice.
3-D editing capability's. If you like it, you can add modulus/effect packages.
https://fxhome.com/store/hitfilm-express

If you think about adding effects and really like the program.

For your money, if you go Pro. You get all the  bells and whistles for 50% less than if you purchased everything over time. So I would look over the add-ons closely.
It might make more sense to go all in.

One thing I don't like is there are few output formats available.
You can create presets with custom settings.

However, at this time you can only produce.

1.mp4's
2. Image sequences.
3. avi
4. Quicktime .mov

Which is pretty limited.



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Re the add-ons:  Although I don't need the 3D stuff or particles, I tried adding up the add-ons I would use (finally, a vectorscope!) and passed $145 very quickly just in order to accomplish what is largely embedded in Vegas.  But I'm not ready to drop $500-700 at this time for the entire package.  Or perhaps at some point I'll have to make room for a Mac solely in order to run FCP.
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I thought Mocha & Boris came with it.I see those 2 are 3rd party plugins. You get everything else in the Pro version.

It's still a good marketing strategy to me.

TechSmith punishes users with a Watermark right out the gate. 
I support free trials. But I don't think you should hinder the customer from day one.
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