I just saved $100 on my production costs. (and 6% less rendering time)

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I've been telling myself to get organized and switch to Camtasia 9. Now, I have 40+ videos that need to be rendered and I started feeling grumpy again about the fact that Camtasia 8 won't ever exceed 60% CPU usage. Since everyone has been singing the praises of Camtasia 9 finally using all of the power of your CPU, I decided to download the trial version and give it a go. I benchmarked one of the videos with Camtasia 8 (96 seconds to render), then imported it into Camtasia 9, made sure all of the rendering settings were the same, and hit the GO button.

WooHoo!!!  Look at that CPU utilization! Over 90% on every core. Man, this is going to be awesome. Huh... why is it still rendering? This seems to be taking quite a while. Only 50% so far? I should have bought a snack.

All joking aside, the rendering time with Camtasia 9 at over 97% CPU utilization on all cores ended up being LONGER than the rendering time with Camtasia 8 at about 58% CPU utilization on all cores. Camtasia 9 took 102 seconds to render the test file while Camtasia 8 only took 96 seconds.

So, yeah, I just saved $100 on my production costs my not bothering to upgrade and reduced my rendering time by almost 6%. If you're considering the upgrade to save time when rendering, don't.

Better luck with the next version, guys.

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Glenn Hoeppner, Employee

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Hi Dan,

Because the rendering performance on Camtasia 9 was increased, the software shipped with higher-quality, default production settings than those used in Camtasia 8.  If you compare your quality settings between the two and make them the same, that's where you will likely see the difference.