Let Camtasia Relay handle other video uploads for processing

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Our clients using Relay miss the possibillity to upload video created outside Relay or Camtasia. Having Camtasia Relay act as a server encoder will benefit our users and make it easier to produce and publish not only screenrecordings.

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PolkaFever

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Jess Knott

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I may have a workaround for you, but I'd like to test it first. I've been experimenting since we spoke on Twitter this morning. I will send your feedback onward, but I might have some things we can try. Contact me at j.knott@techsmith.com if you'd like to talk a bit about some ideas.
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Thank you for the suggestion. I have a couple of questions for you if you don't mind.

  1. Do you have a specific type of content you'd like to have transcoded?

  2. From what sources or devices is this content originating?

  3. Do you know what source recording codecs are being used?



Overall, while I agree that it would be a great feature for our customers to be able to use Camtasia Relay as a universal transcoder, it would require that our transcoding engine be able to accept a large variety of source recording codecs. (It would not be easy and would likely require a ton of testing.) While it is something that we have considered and will continue to consider and reevaluate moving forward, for the time being our focus with Camtasia Relay is to make it the easiest and most flexible screen recording solution available.

In the interim, one way this could be accomplished is via the integration with Camtasia Studio or Camtasia for Mac. Those programs do recognize some other recording formats. During the "Share to Camtasia Relay" function they transcode video into the format that Camtasia Relay expects to receive, and then Relay can process them accordingly.

Learn more about the Camtasia Studio/Camtasia Relay integration
Learn more about the Camtasia for Mac/Camtasia Relay integration

Thank you again for your suggestion.
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Jess Knott

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Exactly what I was aiming at, Walter! Thanks for piping in!
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PolkaFever

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Hi Jess and Walter!

Our problem is trying to make it as easy as possible for our tutors and authors to create video material for their lectures. All these different video servers make it difficult to maintain a fluid workflow both front and backend. Relay offers a superb easy to use GUI and functionality, but we need similar functionality for content they create elsewhere. I.e. Mobil phones, FinalCut, Premiere or video they get from others (all kinds of different codecs). For these people it's to complicated to go through the process of using Camtasia Studio to push the content out. Relay seems so easy if they could just drop the file in CRS and it then ends up transcoded and ready inside our streaming servers.
1)Video recording from iPhones and Android phones or from others video recorders like HDV, DV etc. Using Premiere and FinalCut with techsmith codec to push the video edit to Relay
2)Same as 1
3)Most common codecs used in smartphones and their editing apps.

Thanks for your feedback on this. Sorry for the delayed answer but I'm currently enjoying a well deserved vacation :)

@Jess: Was your solution using C.Studio as an intermediate step?

Terje
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Jess Knott

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To have Camtasia Relay produce a .camrec, then you could bring in other stuff to edit in. However, that might not work for everything you're looking for.

If you have Camtasia Relay 3.1, you could use the Fuse app available in the app store to record some video like you mention in #1 using your iPhone.
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Terje

Have your iOS users check out Fuse in the app store. The app will let them record videos and push them to a Camtasia Relay server. http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fuse-f...

For all other cases, use Camtasia Studio or C:Mac to push videos up to a Camtasia Relay server.
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PolkaFever

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Thanks, Carmen. I'll check out Fuse to push content through CRS :)
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Jess Knott

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Yes, Terje, it was. Also, I was wondering about things like rendering into MP4 or MOV and editing elsewhere. Was curious about your workflow, what you're trying to accomplish. I hope your vacation was great, we've got this feedback into the Relay team to see what is feasible.
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PolkaFever

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I'm back from lovely Spain and my vacation is over.
My english might have caused some misunderstandings and I apologise for that, but I think you all understood the essense of my initial request.
I really love the support I'm getting from all of you. Thanks again.
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I might suggest just starting with the types that Camtasia Relay already accepts (you can do it via fuse from iphone, etc.) and also from what the recording type is from the Relay application, so why not start there? Then, just add. Users would love it if they could just upload something from their computers! thanks for considering!
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Matt Dunn

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This would be a good feature. I keep a Podcast Producer server online for this purpose and I'd rather not have it at all. ;)

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