Some users have experienced performance/behavior issues, but I haven't; I work on a modest i5 laptop with 8 GB RAM and a 245 SSD, with a decent graphics card; for me, the app is essentially rock solid
it definitely handles huge, complex projects, and the editor is much smoother than in CS9; and all my productions [MP4 w/controller at 1080p] have been perfect
have you used other versions? have you used the Library [available since CS7]?; the Library in 2018 is a huge improvement over CS9, and by itself, in my opinion, justifies the product
recommend you download and use the 30 day free trial, and check it out for yourself; push it to the limit, have some fun, see if it works for you
Different machines and/or system are going to have various different issues.
I would recommend you download the trial (30 days) and put it through the motions
and decide if it's what you want to invest in.
Just a heads up,
The trial version will Techsmith watermark your videos so I wouldn't get involved in a big project with it. But it is fully functional.
Today I had a three minute simple desktop capture video that required me to restart the program 7 times before it would render the damn thing!!!!!!!!!!!!! I didn't have to make any changes anywhere, just crash, restart, crash, restart, crash, restart.... well you get the idea. !@#$%^&*
Other than that it's great when it's actually working!
I converted a set folder of .MOV files into various different file formats using the Movavi Video Converter 18 Premium. Here's my test results:
The conversion process reduced the file to about 46% of the original. Even using different software than Handbrake, I had the same issues as the Handbrake converted files. While the video appeared clear in the Media bin, when the footage was brought into the timeline, it appeared foggy. All other functions seemed normal, however the degraded video appears as such through the render.
MP4 HEVC Full HD 1080p-
The conversion process reduced the files to about 30% of the original. When the footage was brought into the timeline, it was clear and full 1080p size. The only issue with this format is that there were no images in the thumbnails in the Media bin. All other functions seemed normal. I almost started using this as the new format, but didn't, for the lack of images in the thumbnails in the Media bin.
The conversion process reduced the files to about 66% of the original. There were no images in either the Media bin, nor when video footage was brought into the timeline. When trying to bring video into the timeline, the process was extremely glitchy. No other editing functions were tested due to lack of an image.
MP4 H .264-HD720-
The conversion process reduced the files to about 30% of the original. This format worked quite well, the only issue being the resizing of the original dimensions down to 720p. This required the selected video in the timeline to be scaled up to 150% of the original. This in and of itself would not have been a huge issue, but there are times when we need to scale up our videos even further and this would have made that more problematic. Not the least of which would be degraded video resolution. This was also almost picked as the new format.
MP4 H .264-4K Ultra HD-
While increasing the size of the files by about 1.5 times, there were negligible issues with this format. I was able to import 7.35 GB of video and cut a test video about 3:30 in length with negligible glitching only appearing in the preview playback. What glitching there was, was eliminated when I zoomed in on the timeline and manually scanned back and forth over the edit point to verify in and out points. All transitions (about a dozen) previewed with no issue and any minor glitching in the preview playback did not render through to the final video.
As long as Camtasia 2018 continues to fog .MOV files, I will be using the Movavi Video Converter 18 Premium converting my files to the MP4 H .264-4K Ultra HD format. Camtasia sees these files as standard .mp4 files and despite their increased size, handles them quite well while manipulating them. My recommendation to Camtasia/TechSmith is that instead of the having people use HandBrake, which only converts to 2 types of files, they have people use a different converter that has more file options to choose from. Yes, it costs money, about $40-$50 depending which package you want, but it beats the cost of lost time and trying to learn a whole new system. Other people may be experiencing different issues and need different types of file conversions. I don't know if there is some corporate affiliation between Tech Smith and Handbrake that they have to abide by, but at this point, it's not a good fix for people with these types of problems.
Ultimately though, the best fix is to figure out why Camtasia 2018 is fogging the .MOV files as this was not an issue with Camtasia 9.
Clearly with so many having the same issue of crashing there is a real issue here. For me the issue is not anything to do with the project itself, otherwise it wouldn't eventually render correctly after multiple attempts.
I have plenty of memory and speed, system resources etc as I've previously stated.
What is being done to address the many here who are having problems with Camtasia 2018 constantly crashing and the slow rendering times?