Mac webcam frame rate workaround

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So like many of you I am really trying to switch from Screenflow to Camtasia 3 for several reasons. And also like many of you I use a webcam in my videos and have discovered that Camtasia for Mac is the only program on planet earth that can't record a webcam without loosing sync and dropping framrates. It doesn't matter what webcam you have, it just aint gonna work!

So what is a possibility is to simultaneously record just the audio and webcam portion in quicktime, then bring it into camtasia. 

Except Camtasia can't even handle a mov from quicktime :-( seriously weak sauce here Techsmith. 

Anyways, the only way to get that to work is to then export from quicktime, and there is limited options, to the format that will work on an apple tv. Then it will finally work. 

Seems like a lot of EXTRA work just to get something that SHOULD work, to actually work. 

Camtasia 3 just doesn't deliver on the promise. And if there is even a light at the end of the tunnel, they sure haven't communicated it. 
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Sorry to hear you're having trouble. In general, Camtasia for Mac does record webcams and audio and keep them in sync. However, a lot of our testing is done with the built in "iSight" cameras, since they tend to be pretty good. 
What webcam are you using? 
I also did not have any trouble recording in quicktime and bringing it into Camtasia. The MOV it created was a standard .H264 video with AAC audio encoding when I used "File->Save..." after recording. I can see this when I right-click on the .mov file in Finder and choose "Get Info...". What does yours say?
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Well the thing with the isight camera is, you have no control over its position, and its not that good in general. Logitech is where it is at, they are the only ones making webcams that are any good. And since Techsmith hasn't tested any webcams, they are unable to make any recommendations other then use the isight, which doesn't even work for me since I work with my MacBook Pro closed and with external monitors. 

So with the MOV, when I bring it into camtasia it just can't deal with it. Frame drops, out of sync audio, I think in general Camtasia just can't process it, can't handle it. But if it is compressed in the only other decent export option, it does fine. But that brings more work. 

I think it has to do with framrates, I think Camtasia can't handle it. Now with Screenflow, when you start a screen recording it gives you the option to choose the dimensions the webcam will record at, but this is not an option with Camtasia. It would be nice if Camtasia could get this sorted out because it is much more powerful then Screenflow, if it would just work. I think all my fellow screen casters on youtube would be all over it. 

I think Techsmith should fix camtasia, or buy every popular webcam and test them so at least they can recommend something other then to use the isight.