Intel Quicksync Support ?

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Can you advise when Camtasia Studio and other TechSmith products will be optimized to support 2nd Generation Intel® CoreTM Processors, which support the breakthrough hardware acceleration known as "Intel Quick Sync Video". Quick Sync Video is the latest technology used in Intel® CoreTM i3, i5, and i7 processors. Quick Sync Video is able to reduce the time in encoding files dramatically, up to 6X times therefore encoding in a fraction of the time taken by PCs based on the previous generation Intel Core processors.

This is the link to the SDK :-
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Posted 8 years ago

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Dave O'Rourke, Senior Software Engineer

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Hi Chris,

Thanks for the question. We can't comment on future releases. I can tell you that your message has reached the dev team, and we will keeping an eye on this and other opportunities for performance gains in future releases.
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Oh god this would be great. As it is, Camtasia's rendering is so slow and seems to have not too much in the way of hardware acceleration. If a different screen recorder comes out with QuickSync, I am immediately switching to that I think. While it would mean less of the features of recording in .camrec I could probably live with that for better looking renders and renders that are 5 times faster.

I really, REALLY hope that you guys add QuickSync. It is basically a must-have now that Sandy Bridge has been out for a year and the shear number of computers that an SB CPU now. If it gets left out, by the time you release a version that does support QuickSync you will be way behind in the game and will have left a huge open spot in the market for a faster screen capture program to fill. Not to mention that it makes sense resource wise, as trying to program HW acceleration to work with many generations of GPU's over two different brands has got to be more work than just adding QuickSync, would it not?
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Randy Schott

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Hi there,

I wanted to let you know that Camtasia Studio 8 does have better support for hardware acceleration. We aren’t using QuickSync specifically, but we are using the GPU to accelerate all transformations, composition, and transitions.

Decoding/encoding is still software-based, but we are considering our options for using hardware acceleration in those situations. In general, the rendering engine has been rewritten from the ground up with better performance as a primary goal.

The 30-day trial is fully functional and can be installed alongside existing versions of Camtasia Studio. You can learn more about the new version here:

I would encourage you to try it out. You should see an increase in performance compared to previous versions. And we will continue trying to improve the encoding performance.

Thanks for your patience,
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I'm disappointed that Camtasia 8 still does not have any form of H264 encoding acceleration. There should be at least support for intels Quicksync which is dead easy to implement in applications. Would it be possible to add support for this in a update? It would drastically reduce rendering times (as well as save power)?

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Quick Sync support badly needed..

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