Camtasia Studio support of MP4, SWF, and FLV file formats

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We want to take this opportunity to explain current video technology trends, the benefits of using MP4 files, and why Camtasia Studio will no longer support producing FLV or SWF files in future releases.

Use MP4 to share your videos with anyone, anywhere, on nearly any device!

Here at TechSmith, we are continuously revising and updating our products to help our customers succeed in today’s fast-paced, technology-driven environment.

With the rise of mobile video, the MP4’s ability to be shared easily and play across devices has helped it become the top video file format in the video industry today.

What makes MP4 the best file format for Camtasia Studio and you?

  • MP4 files provide high quality video with compression that creates small file sizes for quick-and-easy sharing!

  • Video hosting sites such as, Vimeo, YouTube, and iTunes play videos using MP4 files.

  • Many distribution platforms, like, Vimeo, and Apple’s iTunes store list MP4 as their preferred file format.

  • All major web browsers now support MP4 playback.

Why is using MP4 files instead of FLV or SWF files for your Camtasia Studio videos a better option?

  • Camtasia Studio and will not support producing FLV or SWF file types in the future.

  • FLV files are rarely served up by video hosting services anymore, and many distribution platforms, like Vimeo and Apple’s iTunes store no longer support the FLV format.

  • FLV content on websites is not available on many mobile devices.

  • SWF files can cause viewers’ machines to use a lot of resources to load and play the files.

  • FLV or SWF files typically create large file sizes that are much harder to share than MP4 and lack playback ability on many mobile devices.

For video that can be viewed by anyone, anywhere, on the greatest number of devices, the MP4 format has become the latest standard in video. That is why we strongly recommend the use of MP4 for your Camtasia Studio videos.

NOTE: If you are creating videos using the default settings in Camtasia 7, you are already producing MP4 videos and do not need to do anything differently!

Not sure how to produce or share a MP4 Video with Camtasia Studio? Find out!

Want more information on the benefits of using MP4 files instead of FLV files? Learn more.

Why is SWF not actually a video format? Learn more.

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Dave O'Rourke, Senior Software Engineer

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Posted 8 years ago

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Adrian M.

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Terrible decision.

I'm leaving Camtasia now and moving to another screen recorder/editor.
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Carolyn Smith

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What if you want to put your video on a DVD for TV viewing?

Would you still recommend rendering as MP4 then using DVD production software, such as DVD Architect to re-render in MP2??
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Can a Camtasia Studio 8 video be produced and shared as a FLASH?.
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How to burn the output files after I produce them in a dvd so I can watch the video in any regular dvd player? Do I need to create an image with all the produced files in it or jus copy the files over just like that?
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Thomas Townsend

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I can't believe all the Negative comments on an older Flash file usage.  If your working in Video for very long, you will find the formats change with time and technology improvements. Get used to it. 

That said: I use a tool for all my conversions...or least when I run into an issue that I need more control of. If you need a good conversion tool try the HD Video Convertor by Pavtube  IT will handle most all the formats you need including SWF.  It's not very expensive either.

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Lance Simon

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The point is... TechSmith totally blew it on this. FLV is not dead, it's very much alive and a great video format. Camtasia is a video editing tool -- correct? Why not support the standard video formats? Try this -- take a video and process is both ways, with the same quality settings. The MPEG will be about 3-4 times as large as the FLV file for the same video. That's significant.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
SWF input not acceptable in Camtasia 8.

Camtasia Studio 8 doesn't provide swf output.. not an issue.. output as MP4 is acceptable.. but what I discovered is that swf can't be inserted into the Cam 8 projects as the raw project if you've to insert a complete animation file (and that kind of animation can't be done in camtasia) that is prepared on Adobe Flash Professional it has to be in swf format.. Why do you guys have started hating SWF? even if its output might not be required by many users, still there should be an option for those who need it in their project as a part of inputs..
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
bring back swf production format.

Please bring back the ability to produce to swf! I was really looking forward to Camtasia 8 and it looks like it has a lot of great new features but without the ability to produce to other file types I can't use it. Is there a way to produce to swf and I just don't understand?

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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Importing SWF files into Camtasia 8.

I am trying to import an swf file into Camtasia but I'm getting an error message stating only TechSmith created swf files are supported. Is there any way around this? The main reason our school bought this program was to be able to edit these files. I am new to Camtasia and am not entirely sure that I am just doing something wrong. If this is not possible, is it practical to attempt to play the files on my computer and record them into Camtasia for further editing?
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
FLV and SWF Output File Types... Taken Away Again??.

I cant believe it. Someone at Techsmith again took away the ability to produce FLV and SWF files in Studio 8!!! They did this last time TOO and then re-instated it later. I am unable to use Camtasia 8 without the ability to create these 2 formats in the work I do. Im disappointed to find this out. Doesnt this decision maker person at Camtasia like to make money for the company??
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Horrible decision. You need to bring back the FLV and SWF support.
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We need SWF support for our companies as well...will not be using Camtasia 8 anymore.
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As David O'Rourke explained three years ago, the steady march of technology changes forces software developers to make additions by subtraction. Techsmith has only limited resources, and many items on customers' wish lists that they need to pursue. Quite frankly there are some features that I am surprised are still there - like the CD Menumaker. I can't recall when the last question was asked about CD-ROM production.

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Bernard Bytheburn

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I've just read through this entire sorry thread (I'm doing an evaluation for a client) and I am completely baffled by Techsmith's logic, from either an engineering or a marketing standpoint. Imho, this is a very dumb decision as 99% of the users here have said, and for the reasons they have stated, so I won't bother to reiterate them.

To finish on a lighter note, I'd like to commend your Employee Dave O'Rourke for the courteous way he handled this thorny issue, with an endless stream of helpful workarounds, good info and links - it's not his fault that the management broke it and that all such workarounds are worse than useless in a tight production flow. Give that man a raise. He's good... :-)

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