Minimal audio-video hardware specs for a new PC for Camtasia and Snagit?

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The project at hand is capturing videos from Youtube. Sound captured must be good.  I believe this requires a built in mic.  External USB useless.

We have permission from the video owners but so far no access to their digital copies of what's posted online.

We have pemission to use them but so far no access to the originator's digital copies. 

I'm thinking of buying a new small PC or Mac, just for Camtasia or Snagit, probably Camtasia. 

What specs do I need for built-in  Audio and Video?

Is there a demo program of software similar to Camtasia or Snagit I can use to test audio-video on a PC machine?

Possible response:

___ You can get a small PC or mac but it must have a built in mic and built in camera. Any built-in camera and any built-in mic will work with both Camtasia and Snagit.

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1.       PC’s are more affordable than MAC.

2.       Minimum requirements to run SnagIt and Camtasia can be found here.

SnagIt .......... https://www.techsmith.com/snagit-system-requirements.html

Camtasia...... https://www.techsmith.com/camtasia-system-requirements.html

3.       Meeting only the minimum requirements in Camtasia can give you very poor performance. In many ways. I wouldn’t go there if I were you.

4.       There are a lot of free You Tube video download apps. Just Google them and download the video directly from your tube.

5.       The audio in a You Tube video is Down or up sampled to 44,100hz 32-bit floating Stereo. Which is DVD quality sound. That’s as good as it gets from You Tube and there’s nothing you can do to change that.

6.       I think built in Mic’s are inferior to external mic’s and wouldn’t want to use one myself.

7.       Some goes for built in webcams.

8.       Same goes for Lap Tops.

9.       You can purchase a Desktop that will run circles around a laptop for the same price. Couple that with a monitor large enough so you can actually see what you’re doing. Without squinting or pulling the laptop close to your face. And you’ve got a computer worthy of video editing. Not overheating, lasting longer and much more durable. The advantages are numerous and to many to mention. Portable, No. You’ll never drop one and break it while walking to your car. Well, you might while cleaning one day.Drop it that is"Probably not", break it? Not likely.

Regards, Joe 

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@Joe Morgan,

Agree with most of your points, except your global condemnation of laptops. While a laptop of any variety costs significantly more than a desktop of similar performance, and more absolute performance is available from desktops, I haven't used a desktop since 2005 and haven't missed them at all despite dozens of videos produced. I have a seldom-used large screen on my desk, and long renders take longer, but with 32GB memory, 512GB SSD and 4 cores @ 2.7GHz, my laptop's performance never lags during editing. And I'm writing this in my backyard where I do most of my work.

Oh, and the more accurate statement about platforms is probably, "PCs are less costly to purchase and more expandable than Macs, and you get to enjoy Windows!"
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Well Dave,

I suppose my so-called global condemnation of laptops is based primarily on screen size, affordability and just good old-fashioned overall usability. Plus, how and why I edit video.

 I edit video professionally. My clients demand first-class work. I can’t see details with precision if I’m working with a 17 inch screen or smaller. I need to see the entire video, not bits and pieces zoomed in and pixalated.


I can’t remember the last time I did an entire video in Camtasia. It’s becoming rare that I produce videos with Camtasia these days. When I do, I usually create intros and titles in Premier Pro and After Effects. Sometimes I use animated characters that I create in Crazy Talk Animator. I use a whole host of other programs.

I work with dual monitors. I do some 4K work. But mainly 1920 by 1080. My primary monitor is a 32" with a resolution of  2560 by 1440. A 1920 by 1080 video at 100 percent resolution mesures 24 inches diagonally. If I zoom in, the video nearly fills the monitor.

Obviously I can’t take this outdoors with me like you do. But I don’t have reflections bouncing off my screen. Uneven lighting that’s constantly changing.

I’m glad a laptop suits your needs. But you’d be hard-pressed to find many professional video editors that edit using laptop’s. Unless they’ve got a large secondary monitor plugged into it. They don't edit poolside in Hollywood. Well, they might do porno's. LOL. But not broadcast worthy stuff.

As far as Windows goes. I don’t have a problem with the Windows 10 operating system. It does everything I need it to do and then some. Older Windows operating systems left a lot be desired.

Mac is this giant monopoly that overcharges for their products as far as I’m concerned. I’ve never owned an iPhone and I never will. I know the original Mac computers were much slicker and smoother running than the old Windows computers. For businesses, I’m convinced the Mac still has advantages. For the average consumer, I don’t think they’re actually getting their money’s worth.

Regards,Joe
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Joe,

I have too much respect for all of your literally thousands of great posts here to get into a Mac vs Win debate, or a desktop vs laptop debate with you. Of course most video editors need two or more screens; most of the time I don't (I'm a casual video producer at best). Apple products are indeed more expensive, some people see value in them. A lot of people, actually. Viva la difference!
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Fair enough.
I know if you shell out enough money, you can get a laptop that performs about as well as a  high performance Desktop. But it pretty much ends there.
Desktops can be built to the hilt. Internally house multiple HD's. Multiple "High End" Graphics cards and have many other advantages over laptops. You can have duel CPU's if you want.

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Minimal audio-video hardware specs for a new PC for Camtasia and Snagit?
I try to analyze the question. This question screamed I want to spend as little as possible. Plus, have a computer worthy of video editing.
MAC and Laptop dosen't fall into those category's. Hence, my response.
 
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AS much as I am staunch Mac believer and user,  I must go along with Joe's  recommendation. Due to obvious bias of all Application developers  to ward Going all out on Developing for PC's The Mac Version doesn't hold a candle to the  Camtasia Studio which is a super deluxe version Camtasia. and have many features unheard of  in the Mac version. WE have begged and plead with developers to Make the Mac version  have similar or same features as PC version. But goes in one ear and out the other.

As Mac Users we have gotten used to being treated like redheaded-step children. Its hard to change attitudes because its industry-wide.
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@pjonesCET wrote:
Due to obvious bias of all Application developers  to ward Going all out on Developing for PC's The Mac Version doesn't hold a candle to the  Camtasia Studio which is a super deluxe version Camtasia. 
Could you present the list of differences to justify your "doesn't hold a candle" point? Based on the extreme nature of that statement, we eagerly anticipate a long list of critical missing features!

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To healingtoolbox,

If you just want to edit existing YouTube videos, you want to download them and edit those MP4 files directly as Joe Morgan said in his points 4 & 5. Go try this now before you continue. Here is a reliable list of downloaders for Windoze: 

https://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2476563,00.asp

For Mac, try:
https://www.macworld.com/article/3208805/software/softorino-youtube-converter-2-review-the-most-conv...
https://download.cnet.com/MovieSherlock/3000-2071_4-10906771.html

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To get back to answering the original question, until recently, I was running an older Windows 7 Pro PC (Intel Core i5 3470 with 8GB memory and integrated Intel graphics). The only issues I had with Camtasia, were that I couldn't use the hardware acceleration it didn't refresh properly after producing a video. This was likely due to the limitations of the built-in video and probably could have been cured by installing a video card. It was  functional and I created several videos with it.   

I now have a new machine with Windows 10 Pro, Core i7 7700, 16GB memory and integrated Intel graphics and it doesn't have any issues running Camtasia. The downside is that it cost $1000, but you could probably find something with Windows Home, a lesser CPU and perhaps less memory that would work just fine and cost considerably less.

The point is that you don't need anything special, but newer hardware and OS will improve the performance.
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