How to use the "Lock to application" feature on the recorder?

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Hi there, I've searched all over through all of TechSmith's Help articles and video tutorials but I can't seem anywhere that describes how to use the "Lock to application" feature on the Camtasia recorder. When I check-mark that option, I cannot see any visual difference in recording - it simply records the area of the screen that the outline encompasses, regardless of which applications or programs move in front of it. I assume this feature will only record a specific, specified window but I have no idea how to use it. Thanks in advance for the help!
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Samarn Sumrith

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you must choose resolution you want on Camtasia recorder, then click on the window of application you want to record first. then click on Lock to application. The Window of application will resize to the resolution that you choose on recorder.
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But when I move new windows over the program I am Locked On to record,  it records the new window moving over it as well? So the recorder is not actually recording one single program, it is simply recording an area of the screen that the program happens to be in at the time of the recording starting?

Take Chromecast, for example. If I cast a Google Chrome browser from my computer to my T.V., the T.V. will mirror whatever happens in the Chrome browser. If, while I am still casting, on my computer I pull up new windows and programs onto my screen in front of the browser window, my T.V. will not display those other windows and programs. It will continue to display only what is happening in the Chrome browser.

So how do I record what is actually happening in a single program, not just what is happening in a certain area of the screen?
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The bottom line on this is...

You can't. I'm guessing there might be a software application out there somewhere that will operate this way, but Camtasia isn't one of them.

The best thing you can probably do is to connect a second monitor, then place the application you are recording on that second monitor and never work where things will cover the window.

Cheers... Rick :)
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Yikes, okay well thank you for being honest. I have to say I'm a little bit disappointed that a $200 software doesn't have this (in my opinion basic) feature that even open source programs like OBS have.

Ah well, I guess the best I can do is suggest this as an option for a future update of Camtasia. Where should I suggest that at? Thanks, Rick Stone.
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LOL, I get the impression that you may feel I'm somehow related to TechSmith as in an employee or something. I say that because of your "thank you for being honest". I do admire honesty, but I'm just a user same as you and so many others here. I just like to pitch in and help out if I'm able. ;)

I will say that while you are making the claim it is a very basic feature, I'm also a long time user of Adobe Captivate as well as a fairly new user of Adobe Presenter Video Express (PVE). I believe these two applications behave identically to Camtasia in the recording process. Although with PVE there is no such feature as locking to an application. It's simply full screen recording all the way.  But neither of those products have a feature like this either. Especially Captivate. Because it too has a feature to "grab" a specific window. And exactly like Camtasia, should something move in front of it, you get what you see in the recording.

As for the feature itself, it does sound interesting. And I too am a Google Chromecast user. I find myself frustrated that Hulu is a real PITA to try and use with Chromecast while Netflix appears to be rock solid.

Kind of funny for me because I have been using computers since before the web. And I remember AOL and other dialup services. And you often found yourself monkeying with initialization strings for different modems. And AOL and others were about as reliable as  you could get with easily talking to even off brand modems. And the company I worked for in the day had created their own product. And it was just miserable with connecting. You often found yourself standing on one leg, pressing your tongue against your right cheek while crossing the first and third fingers hoping things would connect and work.

So I see that as being similar to the whole Hulu VS Netflix thing and reliably connecting.

Sorry for the long reply. But your mention of Chromecast earlier caused the trip down memory lane.

Cheers... Rick :)
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Thanks Samarn, I apply your attension and found it very useful tool