HD or not to HD. I need great quality video input that doesn't look "webcammy".

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Hi there. I'm putting together a start up that will produce educational videos. I like your product and will be using it for the screencast part of the videos. My question is this. What's the best way to get video quality at the level of www.lynda.com? want high quality HD video mixed with the screen capture. Can Camtasia do that or should I shoot my video separately and edit everything together later in Final Cut? Or do I shoot separately and import my HDvideo to be edited in Camtasia. I'm having a very hard time understanding the workflow and any help I could get would be greatly appreciated.
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Camtasia Recorder supports webcam input, but the Editor supports higher resolutions. One reason for this is that recording is taxing on the system, because you're doing video compression on the fly. So if you can offload the camera recording to a separate device, you may avoid some performance problems, which can affect the frame rates you get for the screen recording.

My recommendation would be to find a camera that saves directly to MP4 (H.264 + AAC). Users have reported good results with Flip cameras for example.

Camtasia Studio excels at editing and publishing screen video. We do accept MP4 files on the timeline, if you want to bring your video into our editor to combine it with the screen video before exporting your final video. Camtasia Studio allows you to easily zoom-n-pan your screen video, apply cursor effects and captions, then produce to shareable file formats or destinations like Screencast.com or YouTube.

Another approach would be to capture and edit the screen video in Camtasia Studio, and then produce the screen video out as AVI or MP4 in order to combine it with your camera feed in another video editor. That way you could take advantage of Camtasia's screen capture editing capabilities and still edit the final result in another tool.

There's a lot of choices. I hope this info helps guide you toward an optimal workflow. I suspect it will take some experimentation to find something that works well for your needs. If you have any questions, please feel free to post them.
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Thanks! I suspected as much, but I haven't done as much video for a few years now and am not as up on all the standards anymore so I thought it best to ask an actual expert. As I said, you guys have a great product. Thank you so much for the quick response, I'll check back in and show you my results so that you might forward them on to someone else with a similar question.

Cheers
Mike
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If you are using Camtasia for Mac, then everything Dave said still holds true.

Though the mac version in particular is very good at combining, editing, and animating video, so I would more heavily recommend just doing it all from Camtasia. That is, just record the real world video and screen video both with Camtasia (at the same time, or separately, depending on your preference).
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Hi Paul. I'm thinking of purchasing Camtasia for Mac and would like to do just this (as you say, "real world video and screen video") using an HD cam rather than a webcam. Is this possible? Phone support said no. :(
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Paul Middlin, Employee

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It is possible, but which camera and how good it will work is dependent. I think your best bet would be to try out the 30 day trial with the camera you have and see how it looks?
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Hi Mike,

I wanted to let you know that Camtasia Studio 8 has just been released and it’s packed with new features. Our support for HD video has been expanded, and the timeline has been redesigned to allow for far more flexibility in editing. It’s a night and day difference compared to the previous version. Give it a try and let us know what you think!

The 30-day trial is fully functional and can be installed alongside existing versions of Camtasia Studio. You can learn more about the new version here:

http://www.techsmith.com/camtasia-wha...

Randy

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