Capturing webcam in Camtasia

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From what I remember and have read online, Camtasia used to have a feature where you could record your webcam and actually be able to see it (rather than it being a miniscule box in the corner) while you are recording. I am using Camtasia 2019 to teach remotely. It works great for audio over PowerPoint slides during content delivery videos. But I am using a white board and recording myself actually solving problems to simulate the classroom environment (and because it is easier than typing solutions). I typically re-watch the video after recording, in part to be sure I haven't moved something off the screen. It would be so much simpler if I could just see myself in a larger window while recording. I attended a Webinar this morning and verified that viewing the webcam while recording is not possible. The moderator suggested I leave feedback about this. I guess I could use Zoom instead, but since I am familiar with Camtasia, I've been relying on it.
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Rachel

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emotta

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Hi Rachel, it works indeed with 2019 version. I've checked and you don't see the camera big size while recording but afterwards when editing. At this stage you can modify the size. I've just tested it and in Presenter mode with Power Point your glance is not exactly towards the webcam but the result is good. 
Thanks for the good idea better than skype record probably. Good suggestion to Camtasia developper giving a valuable feature !
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Rick Stone

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Hi folks

I've not tried this myself, but have heard others talk about using a product called "ManyCam" to present that larger window. What I'm unclear about is if Camtasia would "see" that the camera is in use by ManyCam and balk at recording.

I personally use a product called "Screen Monkey" and I know it allows input devices (such as a WebCam) and it presents the output on a second monitor. 

I'm not sure what kind of equipment you have or are using, but I do have a thought. TVs are really inexpensive these days. So if seeing yourself in real time on a larger screen is needed, you might consider acquiring (or re-purposing) a large flat screen TV and connect your computer to it via HDMI. Set that up as a second monitor. Then use something like ScreenMonkey to grab the input from the WebCam and present it on the second monitor (which is the TV). Then perhaps use Camtasia to record that second screen.

Cheers... Rick :)
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Yes, try ManyCam  (https://manycam.com/) .  They have a mobile  app for connecting your smartphone   to the PC app (I have a Samsung / Android smartphone). Once it is running  you can then connect the video stream to Camtasia by selecting the ManyCam Virtual Webcam as input. See:   https://help.manycam.com/knowledge-base/manycam-mobile/ 
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Does this actually work when you record videos with it? My camtasia does not start recording and just lags basically, unable to start the recording.