Future of Screencast (if there is one)

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I closed my paid account because it seems that Screencast has more or less been abandonded - no updates, out of date interface, non-responsive, direct upload from Camtasia very unreliable etc.. If you click on the Frequent question, they're typically 5 years old.

I now have a Vimeo account. I miss aspects of Screencast and think it's a pity that it's not being developed. Perhaps there's no point in competing with Vimeo etc. for standard video, but for software demos etc, Screencast is very good.

I would be very interested to hear if there are any plans, but I imagine this is not the case.

Thanks
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IMHO, it has one very important function others don't.  If you're producing Smart Player content with all the functions like hotspots, callouts, links...all the functions that are smartplayer utilized, then the only other way to publish those is Screencast.  Or...you can use an FTP program and load them to your own server, but now you need to go into the html file and create some directory changes.
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I use Screencast for my Snagit screen cap videos and it works great and has a very powerful interface
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I've used Screencast a lot in the past and have been very pleased with it too. However it does seem very apparent that there are no plans to develop it - and I would imagine it might be phased out at some point.

There are issues beyond those I mention above. For example it's convenient being able to create and use templates to display videos. However, if you create a playlist the customisation is no longer available. I raised this issue two years ago.

I expect if there were plans to develop Screencast, a Techsmith employee might contribute to this discussion...  As I say, it's a pity.
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Tom I would agree that it has been awhile since they have done anything new to screencast.com and it would be nice to find out if they have any new plans for updates or anything for that service. I still use it and find it useful for some things as Tom Frazee does.

However are there any specific things you are looking for to have updated or isues you would like to see fixed ? I am not a TechSmith Employee but it would be nice to see if one of the employees does jump in and give us an update and more feedback and information from you and other users help. Thanks for posting and have a great day/night.
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I suppose I made the post largely out of frustration - and a little annoyance - that Techsmith won't make any comment about Screencast. I wanted to make the point that I thought it was very good and worthy of development. They also have one advantage over competitors: many of their existing customers (Camtasia and Snagit users) might well be interested in the product.

I was prompted to make the post when I realised that videos I had uploaded to Screencast, which looked clear and of good quality, looked poor on Vimeo. If I'm going to invest a lot of time making demos, I don't want to have to redo them if I'm forced to switch to another hosting provider.

When I cancelled my Screencast subscription,  I explained that part of the reason was the apparent lack of development; I asked if they could let me know if this was not the case. No reply to this was made. I've just come across a blog on techsmith.com - made earlier this month: 'YouTube vs. Vimeo, What's the difference'. It was about choosing where you host your video. Screencast didn't get a mention. For my purposes, I think Screencast could be better than either of these.

Specific issues include the one I mentioned (re playlists), making the pages responsive, getting the Camtasia > Screencast upload to work reliably and generally updating the site. The likes of Wistia and SproutVideo have a number of other features, some of which would be useful. Sadly, I'm increasingly confident that there will be no new features in Screencast.

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