Does Camtasia require me to install any codecs?

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I've been using Camtasia for hundreds of videos at this point without a problem.

However, today one of these weird codec packs installed on my PC prompted me for an update. The installer was so overwhelming and full of detailed settings that I cancelled it.
I am considering removing these codec packs altogether until I actually run into a situation where they are required.

Will this in some way interfere with Camtasia, its recorder or the videos it produces?
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kayakman, Champion

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you might want to check with tech support

but I've used Camtasia now for 18 years, and have never had to use 3rd party codecs
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You already forgot about QuickTime?  Hehe.  Some years ago, Camtasia removed QT support -- and then in order to get MOV files into Camtasia you had to "install" QuickTime (i.e., install limited program components and then un-install everything but the codec).  It was a major pain.
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Generally, TechSmith bundles the codecs required. Other conversion software sellers and codec promoters may try to interfere intentionally to promote some worthy action such as you took to update something not needed. I get this type of meddling from other apps, like my Internet Security software that insist I only use a certain search engine or risk the hordes of ninja hackers out there ready to destroy all my data. Video conversion and codecs are part of the wild world of Internet enterprise and should be viewed as such.
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Thank you. I am sometimes a bit paranoid about these things because I make video content for a living.
How would I notice if a Codec is missing? Would it be possible that I render a video, upload it on Youtube and only later notice that a missing codec screwed something up?