Can Camtasia 2019 capture a video from a URL?

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Richard Baumann

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Jayne Davids

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Hi,
Yes, you can capture anything that's on your computer screen. 
Jayne @Raiveon
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Ed Covney

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Jayne - That's not so. For example, I can't play an Amazon Prime movie and capture it, Amazon puts a security layer on their videos so Camtasia and programs like that can't record it.

So Richard your answer is yes and no and is totally dependent on the URL.
If you like, post the URL here and I'll test for you (if you don't already own Camtasia 2019).
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Although I might imagine that what is being asked about here is for the ability to download from a URL directly into Camtasia?
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Ed Covney

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That would be something!!  But TS would be competing with a dozen other downloading programs that are free or minimal cost. BTW, I've downloaded maybe 400 or 500 You Tube videos. Why? A YouTube video today may not be available tomorrow or once a video fails to grow in plays, they take 1080p and 720p videos and transcode them to 360p and 240p.

Sir Ken Robinson comes to mind: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iG9CE55wbtY
was in 720p, today in 240p !!

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Rick Stone

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Only Richard Baumann can say for sure. 

But I'm wondering if this is perhaps a temporary move intended to help streamline access during this highly intensive period where we are testing the limits of the web? I did see where Netflix was making a similar move so as not to horribly impact bandwidth.
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After almost 18 months of 240p it doesn't appear to be temporary, but I hope you're right !
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Rick Stone

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Ahhh, I didn't realize it was in operation that far back. 

Perhaps it's a strategy to deal with all megatons of content being uploaded at any given moment. I know it's staggering and I've pondered how they are able to manage that.
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Hi, Ed, yes, you are correct, the focus of my question was whether or not I could enter a URL somewhere in Camtasia after which it would  read the URL and capture the content of the video that is referenced by that URL into a file on my computer.  This is similar in concept to the collection of YouTube downloaders that you mentioned in your second post.  The URL in question that I'm interested in references a video that I purchased on YouTube.  It would not work for anyone else because you would need to be logged into YouTube as me to be able to access my purchased product.

I am assuming then that in general, even with a URL to a video that has no restrictions on it, that Camtasia does not have an option whereby a URL to a video file can be provided which Camtasia will then open and capture the video directly.

Thanks for your replies.
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Richard, since you purchased it, you may be able to record the video. Play it with VLC or other media player and see if Camtasia can record it.  We'll never know unless you try it.
If you don't yet own Camtasia, you can use it for 15 days (?) in a free trial. You'll get a watermark for produced work, but at least you'll know. And if you know, please come back and let us all know, OK?