Dropping of support for Windows?

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Is it true that CAMREC has been dropped so Mac users could have TREC leaving Windows users with AVI?

This has to be wrong!  Before reverting back to 8.3 a short screen capture was made and the only format available was AVI.  So, after reverting tech support was asked bout this, rather major, limitation, and they acknowledged the CAMREC format was dropped for that very reason., Perhaps this shift in support for Apple is the reason for the degradation in quality of produced videos that forced me back to 8.3.  On the other hand, unless I am the only Windows user that upgraded to 8.4 there should be others who would have posted on this topic.

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Posted 5 years ago

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I can only tell you that the "trec. codec" is what you use to record on a Mac and then Edit on Windows. And vice versa. 
If you extract the contents of a Camrec recording file you will find an AVI inside. Camrec is a file full of lots of things, curser movement, AVI, bla bla bla. 

To the best of my knowledge trec. is the new Camrec.

Regards, Joe 
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I would have to agree. After seeing this post (and before Joe answered) I ran a small test. Even though Camtasia creates a TREC file on my Windows 7 system, I'm still able to output the same file types as I was before.

I kind of compare it to substituting Gluten free flour for the cake you are about to bake. You still end up with a tasty cake. But the base ingredient is a bit different.

Cheers... Rick :)
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I'm not sure about Gluten free flour, never had it. LOL
But what's interesting is I cannot extract the AVI file from the new" trec file."
I just found out how to do that with camrec, and now I'm back to square 1.

Regards, Joe
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workaround ? ...

put the trec on timeline, produce as AVI
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Here's what I was also thinking about  kayakman.

What if you get the error "cannot open" and Camtasia crashes, or just plain won't open it.

How so you get your hands on that AVI to save it???

I expect you would make a better detective then me on this type of thing. I know I'm going to try and figure it out.
But so far I can't extract anything with the built in Windows 8 extractor, Win Zip, or 7 Zip.

But I do enjoy a challenge.

Regards, Joe 
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Joe, my experience is if you cannot open [load] a trec on the timeline, then you're probably out of luck

only outside chance would be if tech support has an in-house utility that will extract the contents? 

Bob
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CS 8.4 will record to either a TREC file or an AVI. TREC files are equivalent to CAMRECs. The main difference is that the recording streams are packaged in an MP-4 container which is more universally supported (aka cross-platform) than the Windows-specific CAMREC or Mac-specific CMREC containers. Both camrecs and trecs use the same TSC2 codec for screen recording.

The 8.4.0 release did not include an equivalent of an 'Extract camrec contents' but it sounds like that might be a welcome addition to the next maintenance release?
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Thanks everyone!  Really glad to hear it.  I figured there had to be some miscommunication.  After installing CS 8.4 over CS 8.3 the only option available on my Windows 7 Pro system was AVI.  Perhaps a clean install should have been performed. 

It is interesting that 7zip doesn't allow extracting the AVI file..  Perhaps 7zip needs more information about the TREC archive.

Rick, your analogy is spot on.  While I make a gluten free pizza for my daughter-in-law and ate gluten free cake at their wedding the taste is not my preference.  Likewise, the noticeable drop in quality with 8.4 means it will be bypassed until the gluten is added back!  ;).


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