I am using Camtasia 9 and it seems to be impossible to set it to ONLY shoot the webcam. WHY should it be so hard?

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Camtasia 9 Windows. I ONLY want to record my webacm...NOT my screen..I have tried every solution listed on this site
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Bruce Dixon

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  • really annoyed that such a simple..and common task should be so hard to find

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Bruce it is not an option to just be able to Record the Webcam anymore in Camtasia 9 as TechSmith removed that feature which is unfortunate as a lot of users have requested for it to be put back in. You may want to post this for an Idea under the (Ideas) Section and see if you or all of us can get it voted on to have it make their A-List for things users would like to see back. No guarantees it will get done or not but you never know until you try.

This feature however to Record the Camera is available in the Camtasia Studio 8 Editor (Software) and you could try downloading that unless you already own it and use that feature from that version. And if not then you may want to use or consider using the Manufacturers Webcam Software and importing that video into Camtasia 9 which is just a suggestion to get what you are wanting to accomplish. However if your webcam is a built in only then there should be some kind of software that came with your computer to record just the video and save it. Then you can import that media into Camtasia 9.

I too would love to see this Option/Feature brought back into Camtasia 9 and also have the ability to switch from the Webcam to the Desktop or vice versa like SnagIt 13 has for a feature.

Thanks for posting and I hope this helps a little and you like the information provided. I am sorry I could not give a better answer but when it is not in the software anymore this is the best I could do. Have a great day/night and please post back if any of these solutions work for you or not to let us know and also consider posting in the Ideas Section as suggested to see if we can get some votes going for this to be added back.

Best Regards ~ Fred.
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Naomi Skarzinski

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Bruce, agree with Fred above.  However, in the interim, most webcams come with software.  You could record through your webcam software and then import that recording into Camtasia for editing.
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Thanks Naomi. I was just letting him know why it was so hard as it was a removed feature in Camtasia 9. But I should have mentioned that you can use the method you explained above and I appreciate you pointing that out for a work a round. I would also agree that the webcam software that comes with most webcams may give better quality and control for the settings and the final output. Thanks for sharing your added input and have a great day/night.

Best Regards ~ Fred.
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Bruce Dixon

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thanx Fred, and to others who have offered other options. I appreciate the advice. I was really just saying...why would Camtasia take the feature OUT. Of course there are many other apps and software I can use...it would be handy to simply be able to shoot webcam inside Camtasia. Thanx again for all the advice
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Agree with Fred and naomi, mostly naomi.

My Logitech software does a better job of capturing my 920 webcam than Camtasia 8 or 9 ever has.Plus, Logitech's software let's you adjust white balance, brightness, saturation,frame rate and more.It's much better to capture quality video than adjust for it in post.

Regards,Joe
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I don't want to speak for the folks that manage our product backlog but I will say that (a) several years worth of usage tracking showed that the 'Record Camera' tab within the editor was rarely used and (b) as others have mentioned, many webcams include software with more options and the MP4 files that those output should work just fine in Camtasia.

Having said that though, improved recording performance for both screen and webcam is something we are actively working on. Whether that will show up as a webcam-only recording option within Recorder (we already have it on the Mac side), or as something exposed within the editor for quickly adding short content (would be consistent with the existing Voice Narration and 'Export Frame/Import to Media Bin' workflows), I don't know at this point but just wanted to chime in that webcam is still very much on our radar. But, for now, the workaround for not having this in the editor would be either to record with webcam software and import that or use Recorder with a tiny screen region selected and remove the screen-recording track in the editing process.
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Bruce Dixon

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Thanx for taking the time to get back Kevin. As someone who first used Camtasia in the early '90's I would just say that the recent ( by that I mean past 3 years) explosion of video, suggests a very, very different view of need. I agree there are many other options and packages...BUT why would you want someone flipping off to another package when you can keep them in Camtasia relatively easily? The world of video is changing, as you guys no doubt are more than aware.