Camtasia Wont stop lagging

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Ive been using Camtasia for a few years now and the past few years i was using crappy laptops and editing wouldnt be the smoothest experience but i always brushed it off as it lagging because i have bad specifications, But now i just built a brand new 1000$ Gaming PC and was expecting to have alot of fun editing with a smooth timeline and everything but was so dissapointed when the timeline was still laggy!! It wasnt as laggy as before but barely an improvement. I am so confused? Does Techsmith not properly optimize their applications? Do they just not test them out on different hardware?

Here are my specs:

B450 MSI Tomahawk Max

Ryzen 5 3600

RX5600xt

(2x8) 16GB HyperX Fury RAM 3600mhz CL17

1TB HDD

512GB M.2 NVME SSD

I checked the settings and Camtasia is using my GPU for everything, Does anyone know what is happening? How can i fix this problem im so confused?
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Al Navas

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Are you using the HDD as the Camtasia 2020 storage medium? I changed rendering on my very fast HDD to a 2TB SSD. It works very well!
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Magma Creamy

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Rendering is really good, But the overall experience of editing the video is pretty laggy and sometimes the playback freezes its just really hard to focus on what you are trying to edit...
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I would have to agree with the lagging. I recently finished up a project that wasn't all that large. Only about 30 minutes total play time. But I found myself very frustrated at clicking a piece of media to nudge it, then watching in abject horror as it kind of "stuck" (presumably because of the lagging) and wherever I plopped the mouse next was where it would end up. This resulted in frustrating pauses until Camtasia "settled". Then carefully executing Ctrl+Z "undos" until I was certain things weren't damaged.
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Magma Creamy

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Yeah most of the time i just have to guess how its going to look in my brain and hope that it turns out good. Sometimes i have to pause the video wait a second and then unpause it so i can have atleast a bit of a preview of how it looks!
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LOL, same here!
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Generally speaking, I've done enough animation work that I know what most animations will look like without seeing them backed smoothly.
Which is good considering how often they won't.

For complex animations where timing is more critical.

Camtasia can create production previews. This is a feature I've never had much use for.Until Track Mattes came along.

I used it extensively for a Track Matte example video I created a few weeks ago.
Its  was the only way I could  bring together up to 15 or so independent animations occurring simultaneously.
To produce a smoothness and fluidity that met my satisfaction.

You start by selecting a timeline selection with the Green and Red Timeline Indicator sliders.
Right click and select "Produce Timeline selection as"
When the production wizard opens.
I chose MP4.
Under "Video Settings"
You could chose a lower quality setting to save disk write space. Extend a SSD life by writing smaller files.Its faster to write smaller files as well.
I used the Default settings.
Then hit "Preview" at the bottom of the Wizard.
You don't have to name the file.Its saved to a default C drive Documents folder.
Unfortunately, you cannot change its location.
Another reason you may want to use it sparingly.



These files can add up rather quickly.



Regards,Joe
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Yes that is a way to do it, But i dont get why you have to create a production preview when your computer can do it in real time? Camtasia is such an unoptimized application im moving to premiere really soon i just need to finish one more video on camtasia.
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You misunderstood my point.
I was simply pointing out options to help with complex animations.
Your not the only one that reads these posts.

I use Premiere Pro and have been for many years.
The animation I was referring to is 13 tracks of HD video animating in different directions, rotating,etc.
Premiere Pro would need one whale of a computer to play that back at full resolution. 
 
Even If you reduced the resolution of the preview window and used Proxy files.
Real time playback would require a heap of resources.
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This is a great work around. I also think that the Camtasia should look at optimizing resource management and maximizing resource usage.
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I have got the same problem. My thread is: https://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith/topics/camtasia-2020-performance-issue?utm_source=notification&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=new_reply&utm_content=reply_button&reply[id]=20568642#reply_20568642

In my thread, I have included much more information. Main problems seems to be Camtasia is not maximising on the RAM I have. As you can see from the screenshot, it is using less than even half my RAM.

Secondary problem is that it is not utilizing all 12 threads  + the GPU.