DivX removed Codec Pack -- Camtasia Tutorial no longer relevant / Lossy alternative needed

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Camtasia 8 tutorial recommends installing only DivX codec pack for lossy screen recordings.  Unfortunately DivX is no longer providing codec pack per the site link TechSmith provides in improving performance tutorial.  What codec or lossy based alternative can be used now?  Please let me know.  Thank you
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I've never seen the Performance tutorial you mentioned but I wouldn't mind seeing it.
This is another DivX download page for their codec

http://www.divxmovies.com/codec/

I don't know why if Camtasia recommends it that they would not install it through an update though.
Regards, Joe
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Greetings Joe,

Thanks much for the response and the DivX codec link, but it is a no-go.

Unfortunately that link now takes you to DivX 10 install (not DivX 8 codec) and you cannot download or install codec anymore.

On the DivX site they give a very weak explanation why they removed codec -- to me (and this is just my take) is that they want to be proprietary now and not allow 3rd party apps to use their codec.

The tutorial is a text one and is located at:
http://www.techsmith.com/tutorial-camtasia-recording-performance-prior.html

Cheers,
Watchfire
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I looked at DivX 10 and I believe it's nothing more than the newest version of the codec. I had no problem downloading it. It didn't ask me to pay anything. I Did not install because I do not need it.
That appears to be a pretty old tutorial also. I couldn't find a date anywhere. That would explain why they suggest installing version 8. I'm not even sure what version of Camtasia it was for. I'm sure somebody knows more about this than me.
Regards, Joe
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I can download DivX Player, etc. but the important point, the DivX codec now does not appear in the TechSmith Camtasia studio video options and that DivX codec can no longer be used within the 3rd party application, i.e. Camtasia in this case. 

Regardless of age, I thought that the tutorial might still be applicable since it was not taken down.

The ultimate concern is described by the tut itself.  During screen recording in some cases there is a choppiness / jerkiness with the video.  I have a high powered PC so that is not the issue.

TechSmith describes the issue of choppiness with Camtasia is due to their use of a lossless codec recording method.  They say that an alternative is to use the lossy recording one implementing the DivX codec.

I see the following possible solutions that TechSmith can effect, in order to reduce Camtasia choppiness by re-implementing a lossy recording method by:

1.  Creating/providing their own lossy codec bundled/updated with app itself.
2.  Recommending some other lossy codec we can install.

I just want to reduce the choppiness / jerkiness of TechSmith Camtasia camrec since my PC is not the issue and they describe the need (and now no option) for a lossy method.

Cheers,
Watchfire
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Greetings,

Please see my response and link to Joe.

Unfortunately the problem is still out there and a lossy solution is still requested since DivX does not appear to be an option anymore.

Note to TechSmith: tutorial at link above needs to be revised.

Cheers and thank you,
Watchfire
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That's actually an old tutorial, looks like from Camtasia Studio 5 or 6. With Camtasia Studio 8, we added a new codec (TSC2) that does a much better job of capturing high-motion content. I would recommend using that (it's part of the default recording settings) rather than installing DivX.
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I've almost always used  TSC2  unless I record AVI for editing in another program.
My question is what's the difference between TSC2 and
"TechSmith Screen Capture Codec"?
  
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TSCC is our older lossless codec from CS 7 and earlier. TSC2 is not lossless but it's rare that you'll see any noticeable degradation in quality.

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