many small videos onscreen playing together?

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Hello, how can I put many videos onscreen to play simultaneously in boxes? You may have seen recent videos of band members in different locations, each individual playing an instrument; the audio has been mixed (I can do that part in another app) and all their videos play onscreen together in little squares? Is this doable in Camtasia or other video app? Thanks
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Joe Morgan

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Yes, you just resize and position them to taste.

Regards,Joe
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I think RJ is asking about simultaneous live recording of multiple live windows. I think what you are suggesting is having multiple existing recordings that can be positioned as desired. Perhaps I read his question wrong.
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I don't know if Camtasia does it but you can use Zoom and record it
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We just did this the other day...one of my nieces and her husband and son live in Switzerland and they all have the Coronavirus. Our extended family (all over the US) did a Zoom and then, simultaneously, we all wished them our love and get well. Because of the time difference and the fact that they are not well, they were not on the call. But we recorded it and sent it to them.
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What program or app do you us to mix them?

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If you are asking about Zoom, they just have a "record" button...all of the individual windows are displayed automatically. When someone speaks, their window zooms out. There is no mixing. (and, it was the first time I have ever used Zoom). I'm using it again tonight for a Town Council meeting (and, I'm 3,000 miles away)
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Sorry, to clarify: for my purposes, everyone will record individually their own audio & video. I can mix audio in Logic. The videos will need to play simultaneously, in sync with the music. I assume I'd mute the videos' sound, and move them around till they play in sync with the mix. 
What I don't know is: how to play many videos at once (do you put each on a separate Camtasia track?) and how to size and display them in little boxes? 
I’d try zoom but can’t get everyone online at once, plus I assume their music parts may not be in sync.
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Yes, here's 4 such videos.
On 4 tracks.
I added a border between them. Its not necessary to do so.


I created a 1920 x 1080 project and import and resized these videos.
You can resize them through the properties panel.
Or grab the side handles of the video.
You can drag them around the canvas and into position.
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Thanks! Will try.
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Joe, this worked! Thank you for solving my problem! And the dimensions.
Love the border. Manual says those are available Windows only?
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Hi all

I'm seeing lots of talk about "Zoom" in this thread. I'm aware of Zoom but I haven't used it much. But at the moment it does seem to be all the rage. I understand that it's being used a lot by late night TV hosts. 

Here's what strikes me about the whole "orchestra" or "multiple simultaneous windows" thing. I saw something like this several years ago done by Eric Whitacre.

I can't really fathom anyone expecting to fire up a Zoom session and just make it all work and expect to have it come out anything remotely near usable just off the basic recording. To me, it's going to always require lots of editing and whatnot to get things perfectly synchronized and close to being made presentable.

I've seen far too many "interviews" where something similar to Zoom is being used. Interviews done by large broadcast networks. And you hear the person asking the other person questions, followed by a delay. Then the response. And always Always ALWAYS it's just an awkward mess with the news host and the person being interviewed tripping over each other as they try to communicate.

I've also encountered a few folks in my personal orbit that are connected with churches of different types. And ALL of them seem to think they absolutely MUST use Zoom to "live stream" their church service. Why? To me, they simply need to record the different bits, then have someone with editing skills assemble what will become "the service" and create a simple MP4. Then just play the MP4 at the time the service should begin. Nothing to download for viewers (like a Zoom or whatever player that "connects" to the "stream") and no possible awkward delays.

Cheers... Rick :)
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Rick...I think you are spot on...I've also seen some concerns about the security of Zoom