How to make camtasia fast?

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if I use many effects likes the Camtasia gets slow!!!! if I use many flat images or icons it gets slow again!!!. How I can make Camtasia video preview or how I can run Camtasia faster?
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harry tenesen

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susannemistric

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What are your machine specs? How long are the videos you are creating? Generally, it has been my experience that speed in any type of video production is a resource more than a software issue.
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harry tenesen

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if I edit long video like 10 minutes it gets slow
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Rick Stone

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Hi there

It is also typically helpful if you state the version of Camtasia you are using. Version 9 is the most recent. We also see all sorts of posts where version 8 is being used. And a day or three ago I saw mention of someone still using version 7.

Each version brings improvements to some aspect. ;)

Cheers... Rick :)
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camtasia 9
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Joe Morgan

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I hate to tell ya this harry tenesen,

That's not a very good computer for video editing. It's good enough, but I'm confident it's at the heart of the slowdowns you are experiencing.

Ideally,  you want a multi threaded, high powered, 4 core CPU and a Dedicated GPU. Plus, plenty of RAM. 8 GIGS or more.

Video editing is very demanding on system resources,  the only way around that is to run a high powered rig.

Regards,Joe
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I agree with Joe.
You need a fast CPU, and I5 or higher, with at the least. 4 cores.
8GB Ram, or more if able.
A dedicated Graphics card.

I run a Lenovo g770
I7-2720QM 2.20 Ghz processor.
And the GPU sucks, with only 128mb Dedicated memory, and 2GB shared memory.

However, with the i7 processor and the 8GB of memory.
I can edit my video's in Camtasia pretty quick, with effects and all.

So, what are your system specs?
Also, the make and model of your system will help to gain more information about it as well.
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Can I get some advice as well?  I'm running an i5 quad core with 16 megs of RAM and am constantly getting glitches.  I create 4-6 minute videos but they have multi-layered sfx and stacked/grouped viedo images (all stagnant, possible pan-zoom added).  I am constantly getting glitches on playback.  The only way to really see how something looks is to mark an in and out and select "produce selection as..."
I also tried adding a GeForce 1500 with 4GB of RAM and it still didn't help.  Can't figure out what I'm doing wrong.
I love Camtasia because I find the UI so simple I can really get stuff done, but maybe I'm using the wrong video editing tool?  I've tinkered with Premiere Pro and find it to be a complicated maze just to crop an image, etc...yuk.  Thanks for any advice.
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It has been my experience that a gen8 i5 does just fine with simple screencast videos of reasonable length. (10 minutes or less) but performance nosedives with longer video, and starts really sputtering when you add more than very minimal effects. Even with plenty of RAM.
The PC I have now that works smashing for video editing is an ASUS ROG i7. (First PC I’ve ever let share a desk with my iMac :-) )
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Well Steven P.,

I don’t think you’re doing anything wrong. Camtasia’s holding you back for the most part.

You see, with a program like Premiere Pro. Playback is smoother by default.

Plus, you can lower the resolution of the playback window "Canvas “when necessary.

That way, playback is smoother because it's much easier for the computer process effects at the reduced resolutions. When you pause the video. It returns to 100% so you can see what you’re doing clearly.


You can pre-render part or all of the timeline when necessary. In the image below, I’m pre rendering a small section using in and out points.



A lot of the effects in Premier Pro are GPU accelerated. So that’s another smoothing playback feature.

Camtasia isn’t built for layered effects and smooth playback. With 4K and 60fps editing now. It doesn’t handle that well either. They need to address these shortcomings.

Pre-rendering and Lowered Canvas resolution is the best way. In my opinion.

Regards, Joe


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Joe gives great direction, as usual. It is indisputable that Premiere Pro is a far more robust video editor than Camtasia, it takes a beast of a machine to run really well, and it has a learning curve to match. You just can’t compare them as equals. I believe at a point you might realize you need both. Many of us have gone that route. Camtasia was never meant to be all that PremierePro is, and vice versa. (all that it does, PP will never do screencasts...) Happy Camtasiaing!
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