Camtasia LIVE!

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Hello, I am a long time Camtasia/SnagIt user. I so appreciate the continued support and development of these great products. I had a thought over the past couple of days and would just like to throw this out there. So many of us use OBS Studio (or other Live internet broadcast application) for Live streaming on Facebook Live, YouTube LIVE, Periscope, Twitch, etc.. 

While OBS is a powerful package it does have some limitations. I think it would be the obvious next step in Camtasia's development to integrate some LIVE streaming capabilities. I would love to see Camtasia allow us to have possibly different window sections selected along with scene switching, etc..
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Hi there

I've seen other posts where folks desire for Camtasia to somehow be fitted up to either offer some kind of live streaming capabilities or somehow work with live streaming. Admittedly, personally I have a bit of a disconnect when I see them. Likely because of the nature of Camtasia being a "record live and edit later" kind of thing. I'm stumped to see what one would hope to achieve if it were able to do something working with a live feed.

Are you able to articulate how you might expect things to work or what Camtasia to actually do if it did have some sort of live streaming? Just kind of sketch out a scenario where an imaginary event is happening and tell us (assuming it did what you wanted) what you would do and how you would use it in this situation.

While I don't represent TechSmith, I'm thinking that if you could articulate that in some way, it would go farther in making your case to help the dev team know what you are seeking.

Cheers... Rick :)
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Thanks Rick,
Well if you look at my YouTube Channel you can see some of the things I am involved in. I work in the music production world and deal with a lot of what you might call "unboxing" types of reviews. The thing I like about doing something Live is that it is a little messy and spontaneous at times which excites me. I want to capture my "real" first impressions in that LIVE space and feel that I have a live audience that is with me experiencing things as well. You can check out my channel (and subscribe ;^) ) Here: https://www.youtube.com/praisetracks

The thing that Camtasia and TechSmith products do so well is SCREEN CAPTURE. I find that OBS and some other derivatives are not as robust when it comes to capturing software GUIs. Some of the music software packages I work with seem to use some sort of alternate graphics channel that OBS does not pick up. So that is why I am confident Camtasia would be robust and able to work in this setting.

Most of these presentations have a couple of elements: Countdown/Intro Screen, Product GUI, WebCam or view of Piano keyboard, Logos and being able to pull into certain areas of the GUI. These elements could be in sort of a DOCK Switcher that could be accessed with a hot key.

You can of course have the option to archive the recording for editing later.

Thanks for listening,
Simeon
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Soooo, if I'm understanding what you said, you like what happens during the live bit. You wish to capture those moments so that they may be played back. And you like Camtasia's ability to add other elements that just aren't there for the other software.

What I'm pondering here is if you have ever tried recording your OBS sessions by running Camtasia and recording what OBS sends out? Seems to me as if that might be a solution or possible workaround until such time that features such as these would be incorporated in Camtasia?

Cheers... Rick :)
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OBS is actually the problem. If it worked fully then there would be no need for adding this to Camtasia. Camtasia's capturing method and features are the asset here. 

Some of the elements in recent software instruments and applications I have reviewed use certain graphic calls that are not being picked up when OBS captures the GUI window, that is the main and deal breaking issue. I am still trying to nail down the actual term or function they use for this.

I did a review of a Hammond Organ simulator and the developer asked where certain parts of the GUI were? it then was obvious something was wrong with OBS not capturing things correctly.

Just a thought
Best,
Simeon