Camtasia Lagging - What to upgrade?

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Hi, I am using this laptop for editing (Camtasia 9), and am noticing that it is lagging and wanted to know how i can make it perform better. I bought it last year. I am using an external drive to store the video files (MY PASSPORT).

Dell Inspiron 15 i5559-4682SLV Signature Edition Laptop
Display - 15.6 in (396.24 mm) Full HD LED touchscreen (1920 x 1080), 10-finger multi-touch support
Processor - Intel Core i5-6200U 2.30 GHz with Turbo Boost Technology up to 2.80 GHz
Memory - 8GB DDR3L 1600 MHz
Hard drive size - 1TB 5400 RPM HDD

After watching a lot of video my questions are:
1) Do I need to upgrade the memory? Is it even possible on this laptop?
2) Do I need to switch out the dvd drive and add a ssd? If so, how much?

Thank you.
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Robert R., Online Community Admin

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Hi Satvinder;

Rather than spending oodles of money to update hardware that is generally more than sufficient for most work in Camtasia, I'd like to look at some basic aspects of working with Camtasia. In my experience the overwhelming majority of the issues with relation to performance problems and Camtasia are due to source files that are problematic (such as high framerate content), or storing content on an external drive, network drive, or cloud-synced folder (this last bit is more rare and only an issue when that folder is actively being synced).

Since you're using an external drive for storage you're going to run into a number of performance issues.

Please take a test recording of your desktop, save it to the local C:\ drive, then add it to a new project (which you then save to the local C:\ drive). Do you still have performance issues working with that content, in that location?

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Will try settings. Yes i was getting a pop up from camtasia stating there may be issues using the external drive.

So i will try tranferring the files to my cdrive and then editing in camtasia. 

Also found this article for better performance.

Thanks for your help;)
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Fred Slocombe

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My Camtasia lags when I edit with .avi files, so I convert them to .mp4 files with either Camtasia or Windows Movie Maker.