Getting a new laptop - should I go for Windows of Mac to make best use of Camtasia?

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I have been using Camtasia on Windows for years.  I use it to create product demos, and I do a fair bit of editing to get the videos just right, annotations, audio editing, screen transitions, etc.


Now at work I have a choice for my new laptop - a Windows OS machine, or an Apple Mac.  Which is best for Camtasia?  And why?  Or is it a very close-run thing, so I can with-no-worry decide based on factors unrelated to Camtasia?
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I haven't used Camtasia Windows, but Camtasia 3 for Mac works very well.
One cool thing about the Mac is that it can also run Windows and  Windows apps.  You just need to install a VM (Virtual Machine) like Parallels Desktop (which I use), or the free Mac Boot Camp.

I used Windows for decades before I switched to a Mac, and I am so glad I did.  The Mac is so much easier to use, and it has great automation tools like AppleScript and Keyboard Maestro.  Automating your daily workflow can easily save you hundreds of hours.

So, you could get a Mac and try Camtasia on it.  If you feel that you need Camtasia Win, then you can do so on the Mac as I discussed above.  BTW, there are some great guides by MacWorld for Windows Users switching to a Mac.

Good luck with whatever choice you make.  Please let us know your decision, and why you made it.
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I've done all of the trainings Camtasia offers and there are some features only in Windows and a couple of features only in the Mac version. I think it depends on what you do primarily with the program and how much you use the program since purchasing the computer is an investment. I have Windows at work and Mac at home.
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I'm an Apple fanboy, but we need to respect the OP's question here. In her words, it is "a very close-run thing, so I can with-no-worry decide based on factors unrelated to Camtasia." Don't make the decision based on Camtasia. 
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I think there’s a lot to consider.

Budget is # 1.

Are you going to be using this laptop for everything or just Camtasia? If so, do you intend on working mostly with 1920 x 1080 resolution for recording and production?

Screen resolution, size and color depth/gamut are very important here.

MAC books come with a great Retina display. However, the resolution is 2880 x 1800 on a 15” laptop and 2560 x 1600 on a 13 laptop.

Why MAC chose these resolutions never added up to me? Not in a world that’s so connected by video these days. The aspect ratio of these displays doesn’t add up to a 16 x 9 aspect ratio widescreen video. Nor does it add up to any “Native Video Resolution”. It’s closer to 16x10 by my calculations.

Bottom line, Mac’s are user unfriendly when it comes to screen capture. If you wanted to capture what you’re doing on a Mac in full screen, and share it on a conventional media player.

Meaning You Tube, Vimeo and video sharing sites like that. 

There would be black bars appearing at the top and bottom of the video to make it fit in full screen mode.


Plus, you would probably want to lower the resolution of your screen while recording to give you a sharper recoding to edit. This results in a somewhat blurry screen for you to work with the entire time you’re recording.

If you’re going to be working with and editing high resolution photographs or 4K footage. Any higher resolution display may make sense for you. The Retina displays boast 25% more colors than sRGB color possible and that’s good. Especially for Photography and High Dynamic Range “HDR video” editing. You won’t actually be doing HDR editing in Camtasia. That’s more specialized work for Adobe’s Premier Pro or some other high end editing program.

 Mac has shifted to only offering USB-C ports in the newer laptops.

 They call them Thunderbolt ports. There much faster than standard USB-3 ports but they replace all the rest of them.

So it’s HELLO Adapters Goodbye ease of use once again. There’s no SD cards readers, no standard USB ports, no HDMI, Just USB-C.

Call me biased. “I Am” I’ve had great luck with Windows desktop computers. First one was a Sony VAIO. Had 64mb of RAM and a 1 core processor if I remember correctly. Worked perfectly for 10+ years when I retired it because it was time to upgrade. Enter new Dell Inspiron Desktop long ago. “8 or 9 years I think” and gave to my mother 4 years ago. Still humming along today with windows 10. My Dell XPS 8700 desktop just over 4 years old. Is a performance beast that’s not missing a beat.

There was a time Mac installed better processors, more RAM and therefor performed better than windows machines could. Operating systems like Windows Vista with fly out menus that were nightmarish to navigate and an operation system that needed a lot of improvements. Made the Macs Shine like Diamonds.

That was long time ago.  Apple is geared to sell you an I-phone and everything Apple under the sun. To seamlessly integrate with their operating system. It’s a mega-monopoly that you should only walk into with eyes wide open.

At Dell you can custom build a laptop to taste. Get a SSD main drive. A larger secondary Disk or SSD drive. A disk drive is much cheaper and good enough for most circumstances. Talking directly to “Knowledgeable” salesperson. Can get you discounts and a higher performance computer for the money than a Mac. Plus a 16 x 9 aspect ratio monitor.

Don’t rush to purchase. Do some shopping around and think it through carefully. Hopefully you will enjoy your choice for many years to come.

Regards,Joe
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As a user of both systems, both at work and at home, and both with Camtasia, I can tell you there is little difference, in terms of Camtasia itself, unless you make a particular use of one of the few functions in Camtasia that are exclusive to the Windows version or the Mac version (in your case Windows). Techsmith staff will happily list these differences for you.

As for Windows versus Mac, there are pros & cons for both, but you will need higher spec for a Windows laptop than for a MacBook, to get the same performance for heavy-use applications like video editing. Windows, even now, still deserves it's age-old nickname of Windoze. It is not an efficient OS, like MacOS is, and it is full of bloatware. It works completely differently, and the difference is appreciable in its speed of operation. MacOS has no registry, for example. MacOS is also tailored to its own specific hardware, but Windows, to be fair to it, has to cater for multiple kinds of hardware, so it can't help but be overblown and inefficient.

However, and I almost can't believe I'm going to say this, Macs are not as good as they used to be. The 2011 17" MacBook Pro I'm currently using with Camtasia at work - which is a genuine delight to use, and far preferable to Windows - is about to be replaced, and we're going for Windows laptops. There are several reasons for this, and I'll list them in no particular order:

Apple no longer make a 17" screen, which we want for video editing, because the larger size makes life easier.

Whatever we buy now from Apple will be stuck with the spec we get for life, because current MacBooks are not upgradeable - everything is soldered to the motherboard, even the RAM and the SSD.

The keyboards on the current MacBooks don't feel anywhere near as good as the old ones, and have a reputation for less reliability/longevity, and the track-pad doesn't feel as good either.

There are very few connectors and they are all USB-C, offering zero flexibility, and creating a spaghetti junction of convertors and splitters that you have to carry around with you.

There is no inbuilt Superdrive any more, meaning an external one is required, adding yet more to the cable clutter and additional things to carry around.

There is one additional reason in our company, in that the IT department don't like us to get Macs at all, because they are not supported by our IT contractor. However, we could have fought our way around that, as we have done in the past for specific uses like ours. The thing is, with all the issues above, we felt the current crop of MacBooks just weren't worth the effort, even taking into account that we think MacOS is a much nicer OS to use and much more stable.

What we want is basically a portable desktop in a laptop case, just like our current MacBook is, but the new ones aren't. Hence, we're going for HP ZBook Workstation laptops with 17.3" screens, and we've over-specified the hardware, to cope with the deficiencies in Windows machines (poorer threading for example). We are actually spending significantly more than we would on a MacBook Pro, but we'll get a better machine for our purposes at the end of the day, and an upgradeable one at that.

At home, I have a similar MacBook to the one I use at work (i7 quad core and 17" HD screen), and I've upgraded its RAM, and its hard drive. It is a joy to use, and doesn't constantly frustrate me, like my other laptop, which has equal hardware spec, but is encumbered by Windows 10. I've used Windows for many more years than I've used Mac, but I much prefer the Mac I have, and I am very sad that Macs have gone so far downhill in recent years, but the fact is that Apple have moved away from serious users like ourselves, who require what they used to offer. I can only pray that they wake up before long, and start making a proper Pro range again, instead of what is currently just a glorified Air.

My advice, which I am sad to give, is to go for a high-spec ZBook, instead of a MacBook Pro, assuming you have the budget, and a similar heavy use demand as we do. We've specified 32GB RAM, Xeon processor, 1TB SSD, NVidia P5200 GPU with 16GB VRAM, DVD writer, and of course the 17.3" screen model.
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Use an iMac-27 Desktop if Possible

If you don't need portability, then I highly recommend an iMac over a MacBook Pro, and I have both.

On top of that, Apple just released a major iMac upgrade.  It now uses the Intel 9th Gen Core i9 processor.  See iMac-27 2019 Models
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