Impose edit restriction in video

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I am creating MP4 videos from Camtasia. These videos are circulated for offline consumption.

Is there a way we can restrict users from editing these videos within Camtasia or some other tool?

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Sreekanth C

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Paul Middlin, Employee

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Not really. Certainly you can put the videos on a website (even an internal one), which would make that more difficult. But, a user could always screen-record with Camtasia and edit from there. Even if you put it all on DVDs, one could transfer that to a computer and edit.
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Rick Stone

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Ahhhh the age old conundrum in the digital age. How to protect your content. And regardless of what we develop in our evolutionary tools, the answer is always the same!

The only real way to protect it is to defeat its sole purpose by never ever showing it to anyone!
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Sreekanth C

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P.S.: Good to see you Rick after a long time. Miss my Captivate days. 
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Years ago, I used to worry about this for my video demos after someone claimed credit for a program I had produced.  So I began using the multimedia authoring program Opus Pro (back then it was Illuminatus) to create a password-protected viewer -- an executable program that contained within it all of my video clips.  It worked very well -- I could even prevent most outside programs from being able to grab the video (locking out certain keystrokes, etc.).  Of course, in the end it didn't really matter because the whole idea was to get the video clips seen.  I later opted for watermarking video clips, and that pretty much prevented people from claiming them.  In terms of someone re-editing your clips:  as soon as they are visible, some clown might be able to try to manipulate them.
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Why not make it worthless for anyone to Pirate by putting watermark  on every frame. use a Back ground for the recording that has "Property of  ..." stamped on it in a specific place that will not interfere with content.
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Watermark is planned. 
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Here's a tip for making a watermark (aka a "bug" in old broadcast terminology):
Create a semi-transparent PNG at the size you want the final watermark to be (in terms of pixels wide/high) so that if you insert the watermark via Camtasia you don't require the program to resize it.
Even more functional (I have found) is to create the PNG and insert it as an overlay on the Timeline.  It may require some trial-and-error playing with transparency, colors (if used) and size, but this approach makes it very easy to set the position.  You can even fade it on and off periodically in different positions (the way SAG "screener" DVDs do).
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I basically watermark everything I produce; here is another approach that might dissuade someone from trying to recapture, edit, and reuse your original content ...

How To Watermark Video Using Grid Of Images