Camtasia using all CPU when just playing video

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Hello there, I have a computer that has all the running requirements, 2.40 GHz CPU, it only has 8 gig ram but that is more than the basic requirements, yet even when camtasia is just playing unedited video the CPU is running at 90 to 95%, this makes editing video pointless, editing still pics together is ok but even transitions push the limit.... making sure nothing is running in the background doesn't help at all ... what is going on
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when editing video ...It does what I would call "unraveling" it goes pat an edit freezes then all of a sudden it catches up at high speed then goes onto the next bit...... if this is common and you want me to pay $300 then Ill struggle with a free software
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Well, the recommended RAM is 16GB, so I would say upgrade it to the recommended amount. Also, are you on a dual core processor or quad core? Quad core is recommended, and 2.8 GHz. You should also check your GPU spec too. I know that Camtasia can run on lower spec, but it's a good rule of thumb with any high-draw software package, which all video editors are, to have your spec at least at the recommended level, rather than the minimum level. This is especially true if you're on a Windows PC, which I've generally found need to be overspecified, due to Windows itself slowing everything down, plus all the bloatware and susceptibility to TSRs, so I would also download the free maintenance program, CCleaner, and clean it up regularly too.
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Thanks for your reply, I wish companies wouldn't suggest minimum specs that don't work because this computer is above their minimum and I would have thought just playing a video wouldn't  drain resources that much... its a Toshiba satellite,  intel(r) core(tm) i7-5500u cpu @ 2.40ghz.. I have changed ram in a tower but never a laptop...    .... so you recommend the ccleaner,, i'll give it a go....  
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You're welcome Thomas. To be fair to the software companies, the higher-draw programs usually work OK on minimum spec when Windows is "clean" but, the thing is that Windows tends not to stay clean for very long! I've tried all the cleaning programs though, and I do think CCleaner is the best, in my opinion, as well as being free.

Actually, my personal Windows laptop is not dissimilar in spec to yours. Mine is an HP Pavilion dv7 17" with an i7 quad core, 2.4GHz processor, and 8GB RAM. However, I rarely use it now, because I finally got so fed up with Windows 10, that I bought a second-hand 17" MacBook Pro instead! I'd started using one at work, to edit videos in Camtasia, and I found that I much preferred MacOS.

My MacBook has roughly the same processor as my HP, but 16GB RAM, and that flies with Camtasia. Since buying it, I've also upgraded the MacBook to a 1TB SSD, and that has made an already quick machine like lightning!

By the way, don't worry about difficulties upgrading your RAM - if your Toshiba is anything like my HP - it should be easy. I'd recommend a decent-sized SSD too, like mine - equally easy to fit. I plumped for Crucial, but there are plenty of good brands out there. Then, so long as you keep Windows clean, Camtasia should fly for you. If not, I guess you'll just have to get a Mac too - LOL :-)


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long shot ...

in Camtasia's edit/preferences/advanced menu, try setting hardware acceleration to use software-only mode?
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Thanks Kayakman, I'll give t a go
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no unfortunately not any better
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A 2 core CPU is not a wise choice for video editing, and that's what the i7-5500u cpu is. https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/products/processors/core/i7-processors/i7-5500u.html

The specs on Camtasia’s website “ 2.0 GHz CPU with dual-core processor minimum “ means exactly that. A spec like that means the program will run on that, and that’s about it. If you were to edit a 1280 x 720 video or smaller, it would probably work reasonably well. “Generally Speaking”.

What they recommend is “(Recommended: 2.8 Ghz 6th Generation Intel® CoreTM i5 Processor with 4 CPU Cores or better or equivalent or better AMD processor)”. { with 4 CPU Cores or better or equivalent or better} being the key words of that recommendation..

 A discrete Graphics card can be very beneficial for timeline playback. With a 2 core processor,  you may not even have one. If you do, it’s probably unimpressive as well.

 Size matters, the larger the dimension of the video. The more demanding it becomes for system resources.

Here are the Guidelines for Working with 4K Content, High Frame Rate Video (60FPS), and Behaviors

https://support.techsmith.com/hc/en-us/articles/226262508

As an example, I’m running a computer with these specs.

XPS 8700

Windows 10, 64-bit, English EA - -

 4th Generation Intel Core i7-4770 processor 3.40 GHz (8M Cache, up to 3.9 GHz)

16GB RAM Dual Channel DDR3 1600MHz - 4 DIMMs EA - -

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 1.5GB GDDR5 EA - -    Supporting   4 Displays

Samsung 860 EVO V-NAND 1TB SSD SATA 6Gb/s           3 EACH

 I can do pretty much what I want to. However, there are limitations. Mostly imposed by the program itself. With no way to create proxy files.

 You cannot lower the resolution of the canvas area for smoother playback. This feature might help you a lot.?

No pre-rendering of the timeline or portions of it. Another playback feature.

Bottom line, you need a good strong computer to edit with fluidity.

Regards, Joe

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Thanks for your advice Joe, so you think just upgrading the ram may not help enough?
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8GB of RAM is quite a bit of RAM. I don't think more will help you a bit with that processor.

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Wow Joe, I didn't twig that an i7 had ever been just twin core. This is the MacBook's processor spec, from 2011, similar to the HP Pavilion from 2012:

Hardware Overview:

  Model Name:    MacBook Pro
  Model Identifier:    MacBookPro8,3
  Processor Name:    Intel Core i7
  Processor Speed:    2.4 GHz
  Number of Processors:    1
  Total Number of Cores:    4


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That 4 core processor in your Mac should probably have 8 threads. Like my i-7 does.
Cores and threads are 2 different things
Multi threaded processors have been around for a long time. And MAC has  never scrimped with processor power.That's one thing I respect about MAC's
They were better computers due to this simple fact for years.
Not so much these days.

If you typed in your processor # on the internet, You should be able to find exact specs.

Heres that 2 core processor Thomas is running.


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Good catch Joe.  With that "i7", he got 2 hyper-threaded cores. Every desktop i7 has 4 hyper-threaded cores. My daughter has an i7 laptop with 4-non hyper-threaded cores. 
I've noticed in the last couple years that Intel mobile and desktop CPU have very different compositions.