Keystroke recording - can Camtasia capture all keystrokes?

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Can Camtasia be set to record all keystrokes while a user is recording?
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Michael Scott Cuthbert

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On the Mac, as long as your screencast won't be full screen and you don't mind them being part of the screen capture, the KeyCastr app is a good free solution to this problem.
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On the PC Version I know the Tilda Key ~ does not work and also if you have other software you are recording that use the same shortcut keys you can run into issues but for the most part when I do use that feature I have been good. If it does not work then I just use SnagIt and make an image and overlay it on that section of the video. Not the best solution for some but works in a pinch and is what I have done in the past.

Hope this helps a little and thanks for posting and let us know how you do things or maybe other users will jump in too with their experiences and work a rounds or what they do. Have a great day/night.
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Wow. I am sorry guys but this is completely BS. You are truly limiting yourself and more importantly, your software, by not having this tool of recording all keys available. I am using a trial version of Camtasia to develop tutorials for my students for a software called "Rhinoceros" which, funny enough, works with what is called "commands" which can be either full words or parts of it, for example "circle", "line", "trim" etc. It is quite disappointing that what it seemed to be an answer to my problems, unfortunately is not. Until this feature of recording every single key I hit on my keyboard AUTOMATICALLY along the recording of my screen is not available as it is on Wondershare Filmora software, Camtasia is of  no full use for users like me. I really encourage you to put your team together and come up with an answer and solution for a demand which is high from several users. Little to say, I cannot be purchasing or recommending this software to colleges on the architecture and design field trying to do what I am trying to do. It has passed six years since the first post was created which is incredible. Much respect and appreciation for what you do. Happy to help in any way possible.
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I'm assuming you arrived here in efforts to find a solution to a perceived limitation you have encountered. Note that you replied to a thread that is two years old. 

Maybe if you can tell us what issue you are having, there could be a solution offered.

Cheers... Rick :)
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Absolutely Rick. Thank you for the reply. I was super excited recording my first trial tutorial on Camtasia (previously working on Wondershare Filmora) Bummed out there is no option to automatically add keyboard strokes (anything that I type) on my recordings. Working on tutorials for my students who are learning 3d modeling which is crucial to see all my key (and mouse of course) usage. Gone through some treads and no useful info. I know there is a  "Generate Keyboard Strokes" feature however, it is limited to only certain keys and not all. Any light to shine upon me? Using trial version right now, not looking good to commit to a purchase.  Thanks in advance.
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You might find the thread linked below to be of interest.

https://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith/topics/manual-keystroke-callouts
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Yeah, Camtasia isn't geared towards your needs.

This link is the MAC forum and the first response is from a TechSmith employee.
https://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith/topics/single-keystrokes-not-recorded

However, if the school of thought is as above in the MAC version. I have no reason to think its any different for Windows.

Regards,Joe


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This feature has been missing for years and there’s always some other excuse from tech smith why it can’t be done. It melts my brain because clearly there is a huge need for this feature to support any art or industrial design software. All these packages rely on single key press shortcuts, and adding them by hand in camtasia is prohibitively time consuming .
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I use keystroke callouts a lot in my tutorials; I've come to rely on the auto-generate function to get most into the project; using auto-generate should be used before any timeline edits/cuts, with the "show-all" option; and their duration should be reduced from the default 5 second value; I find that a duration of .7 sec seems to play best when the tutorial is viewed

I use copy/paste [of an auto-generated keystroke] to add missing keystrokes that I want in the tutorial; I also have a small collection in Library of keystroke callouts that do not auto-generate

the problem with auto-generating all keystrokes is the need to delete those that are not wanted; if the tutorial includes a text typing sequence, you'll have to delete all the typing keystrokes because they duplicate what is on the screen anyway; do a lot of typing and you'll spend a lot of time deleting those keystrokes

when an app I'm screencasting requires a single letter keystroke, like "S" when I screencast splitting a selected clip in Camtasia, the copy/paste technique really does work much faster then having to separate the wanted ones from all the unwanted ones

just my 2 cents worth
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Granted, Generating all keystrokes isn't for everyone.

I agree with Ken, 2 or 3 years ago. TechSmith sited security concerns as to why they wouldn't record all key strokes. How people mishandle their information isn't TechSmiths responsibility. Not from my perspective.

When you generate keystrokes. You have the option to select the ones you don't want to generate.

If this generator/wizard/whatever, simply remembered your preferences. Problem solved.

Preferably, you could save more than one preference.

And the process is streamlined.

 

I was playing around with typing "Ctrl+Random keys as fast as I could to see what would happen when I generated callouts.

My Annotations/Callouts are set to 5 seconds duration. But the callouts were generated in succession.  As fast as I typed. I created a GIF and didn't capture the "Ctrl + " because of the limited file size uploads in this forum.


So as you can see. It's actually up to you how long you want a keystroke to remain "After you've Quit Typing". Just set that in preferences. In the screen shot below, you'll see a 7 frame callout highlighted.All handled automatically.


Regards,Joe
 


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if you use the same keyboard shortcut in succession, like the < or > keys to indicate walking the timeline, 1 frame at a time, you'll just get 1 long callout; so you'll not know how many were used
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I guess I'll chime in here. I've been on and off Macs and Windows since the beginning. I go back with Camtasia Studio to mid-90s. Keystroke recording has always been frustrating. On version 2018 it could record all keystrokes EXCEPT for the modifier keys like Ctrl, Alt and Win. With version 2019 they flip-flopped to ONLY recording keystrokes that occur in combination with these modifier keys. It's like a joke to me and almost makes it useless for my (no-editing / think Twitch) vim tutorial videos that focuses on keystrokes. Screenflow on Mac still does a much better job. Guess I'll be waiting another 10 years.
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And I just read the Rick Stone reply:

> I'm assuming you arrived here in efforts to find a solution to a perceived limitation you have encountered. > Note that you replied to a thread that is two years old. 

I remember this attitude among developers when I worked at software companies. No, it's a real problem. I've been checking in on and off over the past decade to see if it's implemented. It's not a perceived limitation and people are responding to discussions years old because it's a decade-old problem. 

I think not fixing this product shortcoming is now just company dogma.

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The proof that tech smith is either lazy or doesn’t care what it’s users want is that the program spotonthemouse can capture all keys simultaneously. I use it instead of camtasia‘s pathetic attempt at keystroke recognition that captures 30% if you’re lucky.
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I strongly support this feature! There is little point capturing Keyboard shortcuts if any typical numeric or text keystrokes are not captured!

I have just purchased Camtasia but find this a very dissapointing feature as it would appear very easy to resolve.
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you're going to continue to be disappointed with your purchase