limited direct digital input technology

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Need to be able to directly record into Camtasia from an hdmi or usb c digital camera input. Unbelievably, with more and more people using more sophisticated technology to produce YouTubes and other semi-professional video products, Camtasia is stuck in a 10 year old technology. Fast track to the technology dump. You've got a great program but why make it so difficult to work with it from anything but a conventional webcam? Makes zero sense, from the perspective of your company's own self-interest.
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Curtis M. Dowds

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It's a fair comment Curtis. I guess the reason why they've not thought of it yet, is that I suspect most people use it like I do: shoot video on an external camera, put the camera's memory card into a reader, copy the files across to the computer, and then import them into Camtasia. That said, you're right, they do need to keep adding functionality in order to survive, so they should add it. It's akin to audio recording, where you can now plug a really high quality studio mic, like Blue's Yeti Pro, straight into a USB, and use your laptop as a tape recorder.
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I too would like to see this as a feature. I only see one problem with direct input from high quality cameras. You’re putting a higher demand on the Camtasia recorder/Your computer’s resources.

If you’re running a really high-powered computer. This shouldn’t be a problem in most cases. However, if you’re running a run-of-the-mill laptop, or some other low power computer. This could create some problems.

I don’t know if you’re aware of this or not. Currently, TechSmith restricts you to recording at a frame rate of 5 fps if you have your WebCam set to 1920 by 1080. Myself personally, I think that may be overkill in trying to reduce loads/overhead on the Camtasia recorder. If you record at 1280 by 720 you can record at 30 frames per second.

Camtasia captures a very high quality AVI video stream. It’s a higher quality video than you get from other screen recording software/applications. It’s also 100 percent dependent on the CPU to do its job.

So, if you bring a high quality video stream in from a DSLR/digital camera. And record yourself working with any application. One that has intermittent spikes of very high CPU usage. This could wreak havoc with the recordings during the spike.

Then there are programs like After Effects and Solid Works, that can bring pretty much any computer to its knees. And suddenly, advocacy for recording externally can actually have merit.

I voted for the feature, so perhaps I sound a bit like the devils advocate here. But that’s my take on the issue.

Regards, Joe