Monitor sleep or Screen Lock results in Export Movie suspension.

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If you are exporting a movie, it is suspended if the monitor goes to sleep or the screen is locked. (I'm not sure if it's either or those, or both.) That's super annoying for long renders, the work doesn't get done! You need to do whatever it takes to keep macOS from suspending Camtasia in that case (I recognize that this is likely more a macOS issue, but one to be worked around.) 

Similarly, I've noticed that while you are screen recording, if the monitor goes to sleep, then the screensaver starts being recorded. You need to tell macOS to suspend the screen saver when recording. The use case for this is to record long-running processes that are producing diagnostic output..... those clips are going to be speeded up dramatically for the final movie (50x, 100x) but you can't have it pop to a screen saver in the middle. It's a PITA to have to keep coming by to ping on the shift key to keep it alive. (Admittedly I could have changed the macOS settings initially had I realized this, but I think that suspending the screen saver would be a better policy.)
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Those are both good ideas.  The exporting one in particular is likely a common use case.  Export while I"m at lunch, or in a meeting or during the night, so I don't have to wait for it.  The other one likely wouldn't apply to as as wide a range of users, but still a good suggestion. I'll put them on the backlog for consideration.
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You want an application called Amphetamine, available free from the App Store. I've used it, and Caffeine (predecessor) for years. Keeps your Mac up and running, screen and processing, for a set period of time.