Enable Camtasia 8 videos to play from DVD/CD or local computer

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Many of us have used previous versions of Camtasia to create training products that were delivered via CD / DVD or played back on local computers.

This ability was removed from Camtasia 8, and Camtasia 8 videos can be played back (using the camtasia created html and scripts), is from the web.

This 'web only' playback means those of us who want to use Camtasia to create training products delivered on disks or to be played back on local computers, can't use Camtasia 8.

Please re-enable this feature in Camtasia 8 and newer versions of Camtasia.

At the very least, add in a 'legacy' player option - so those of us who want to use the player from Camtasia 6 (which would play locally and from CD/DVD), can have that option.

Thanks,

Bill Myers
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James C Tollett

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I agree with Bill Myers. I have used earlier versions of Camtasia to produce DVDs and CDs for people who are in remote areas who do not have adequate web access.
As a college professor I have students in the military who depend on CD's and DVD's to do classes. I also use it in my ministry activitives. Many of the people I talk to are not on the web. I know that is unheard of, but it is true. Restore the capability to put material back on CDs and DVDs. It is needed.

James Tollett
James Tollett Ministries
Oral Roberts University
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I agree with Bill and James that the ability to use Camtasia to produce CDs/DVDs which are viewed locally on a computer (vs. the web, mobile, cloud) is a needed feature. Due to the price tag, not everyone can afford Camtasia. Many of those who purchase Camtasia are those who create products and sell them on CDs/DVDs. If Camtasia not longer meets their needs then these product creators will find other products that will.

While mobile is a hot market, it is not the only market. Move some of your engineering resources to restore this feature, otherwise your customers will go elsewhere. Remember, it is much less costly (thus more profitable) to keep customers than trying to find new ones.

Thanks,
Grant Dixon
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I would like to see this feature back. I just started teaching a class on how to create DVDs to sell on ebay and Amazon and I use Camtasia quite heavily in the course.

I was quite surprised to see what people have to go through now just to make sure the security warning doesn't appear. If people can't make them work withough errors they will likely choose a different tool than Camtasia Studio to create them.

Thanks

Michelle Schoen
LearnCamtasia.com
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I've marked this thread as "Planned", which means we will try to address this in the next release, which will be a free update to 8.x customers. I'm sorry, but I cannot discuss release dates at this time. We will update this thread when this functionality is available. If you click the +1 button at the top, you can be notified when this is ready.

Thank you all for your feedback.
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Thanks Dave.
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Kevin McCarthy

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Same here. . .I just downloaded the trial version. . . that was my first question "hey. .how do I make DVDs?". .(I had an older version of Camtasia). . . .well, how this plays out will decide whether I purchase Camtasia 8 at the end of the trial period. . . so. . .just for you to know. .for what its worth. .in this case $299 and a happy customer.
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I agree with Bill Myers and others on this one. I know Dave said it was planned but Dave do you have anymore information on this feature and a release date yet? Just curious. Thanks.
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I have to throw in my +1 as well. I'm surprised this was removed and am happy to hear it's coming back. The sooner the better.
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I no longer use CDs or DVDs for our physical media, but rather USB drives. Not much difference really and this has impacted our development as well. So I am hoping for a speedy resolution.
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I posted the following on another thread before i saw this thread but thought the idea may be of some merit here:

'I know the hotspot can be used to open an URL but I would like to have the option to have a hotpot to open a file saved locally on the computer e.g a pdf file.

For example, if an application is installed on a computer without internet access then the user can click on a suitable hotpot to open and view pdf resource (e.g. student worksheets etc) that have been previously installed with the application.

I feel this feature would be of immense benefit to both students and developers.'

I work with a lot of kids that don't have access to the internet and would assume such a feature could be used to load legacy resources or could be ued to run third-party reources such as external quiz programmes etc.
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Hi all

I see that a Camtasia upgrade (8.1.2) is available (downloading it as we speak). Any idea if this issue was addressed?? This has really impacted very negatively on our work, as we cannot stream video (or audio!) due to bandwidth constraints.
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It does seem that Camtasia 8.1.2 solved the problem related to running Camtasia video players on local computers, CDs, and DVDs.

They play now without security warnings or other issues.
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Yes, it looks like the latest update as resolved the problems related to running the Camtasia player on local computers as well as on CDs and DVDs.
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Glad to hear we can now make DVDs again.

I have ver 8.1.2 installed but the appropriate settings and workflow are still not clear to me. Is there a map of the process anywhere?
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I don't think there is any utility within 8:1.2 by which you can produce DVD's. . .you have to get an additional software to handle that. Not all will burn Mpeg4 though. . . The quality is not perfect. . its passable but not top HD quality with the DVDs that I've produced. . although I'm not 100% sure I'm doing it correctly.
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As the gentlemen above, I would like detailed instructions for how to make a DVD that will play on a DVD player (TV) using Camtasia 8 (which I already have). I would like for the detailed instructions to include:

- how to have the rendered Camtasia product (MP4) autorun without stopping (i.e, no menu)

- how to set up a menu so that a user can choose which topic they wish to view.

I have an international market and this is the most common way (DVD player hooked up to TV) the content will be seen.

Obviously, one would also want to know how to present as computer-based, with or without menu, as well if there are differences with the above.

If all this has already been done, please send me the link.

Many thanks.
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By the way, some of the projects I work on are rather lengthy: up to 1.5 hrs.
Should I do this as one Camtasia MP4 or is it better to render it in pieces then somehow string it all together for the final version on DVD?
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And if Camtasia is still not able to produce a DVD, can anyone recommend third party software that will do this?
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Carolyn, The best DVD authoring programme I have used is Sony's DVD Architect Pro. It is a polished programme with a (relatively) easy learning curve - simply point to your mp4 files, customise the menu interface (menu text and images etc) and then produce the DVD master.

If I remember correctly, you can also produce srt subtitle files in various languages for differing target audiences - the user picks the desired subtitle language from the main menu before starting the video. Larger files can be split into 'chapters' whereby the video seamlessly moves from one section to another but with the option of jumping from chapter to another from the menu - this forms a rudimentary bookmarking facility.

For a cheaper solution, convert your mp4 files to vob (native DVD) files using the free Format Factory programme, and create a menu by using links to the files from a simple html page.

You could also try something like http://www.dvdstyler.org/en/ as an alternative to the Sony fare.

BTW I don't believe the facilities available through the Camtasia Player 8 e.g. hotspots, url links, quizzes and markers are retained when mp4 files are converted to DVD (or even available as CS8 files when burned to cd/DVD) so this will have implications for the basic design of your videos.
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I have Sony DVD Architect 5 but can't figure out how to get the MP4 files (note: more than one) in there.

And I don't need a menu; I just want it to autoplay and run straight through. Can't figure that out either.

Documentation is not good. Nor do they answer email.

Maybe I misunderstood the communication from the Camtasia product manager on this. He said (7 months ago) that the ability to produce a DVD directly from Camtasia 8 would be in the next release. People were complaining back then that it was in previous releases but not this one. I have Camtasia 8.1.2 (Build 1327) and don't see it in there.

Or is it just not documented?
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And BTW, I'm not using quizzes or hotspots
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In DVD Architect, if you add more than one video file, each one will create a menu button, and the video will only play when the menu button is pressed.

You can make all the clips play one after the other automatically by clicking on the 'end action' for each video clip in the 'menu properties' window, and choosing which video to play next.

When the first video ends, it will automatically play the next.

If you want to avoid this, combine all your mp4 clips from Camtasia into a single mpeg 2 file using Sony Movie Studio.

For me, when I create DVDs with Camtasia, I create data DVDs - which allow you to retain the high quality of Camtasia MP4 videos, and get up to 12 hours on a single disk.

Bill
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Bill,

Are you familiar with Adobe products? If so,
which ones?
which one would you choose?
why do you not like them as well as Sony?

thanks
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Yes, I'm familiar with Adobe products. Photoshop, Premier, Acrobat, After Effects, and others.

For video editing and DVD creation, I prefer Sony Movie Studio, Vegas Pro, & DVD Architect. They seem to be much more stable (no crashes), than Adobe Premier - at least on our computers.

I've made more than 20 DVDs with Sony Vegas and DVD Architect, many of them are on Amazon.

I've also made more than 1,000 videos with Camtasia Studio, and have created DVDs with them which are also on Amazon.

Early on, I put Camtasia videos on DVDs for playback on TV, but these days I put Camtasia videos on data DVDs, for playback on computer. These have much higher quality and don't require using Adobe or Sony products.

You can read why I prefer doing it this way in my article http://www.bmyers.com/public/advantag...

Bill
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I sue Adobe Encore for producing DVD's. It works great and does the job. If you already have the videos, you won't need to use Adobe Premiere Pro.

HTH

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