MP3 Export

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This conversation has been merged. Please reference the main conversation: Re-instate MP3 output

Hello TechSmith Community!

With the release of Camtasia 9, the ability to export project audio to MP3 was removed. Our decision to do so was based on two factors. 1)The use of MP3 export in Camtasia was very low and had been declining over time. 2) The cost to provide MP3 output required a licensing fee for all Camtasia Windows users, not just those users who used the MP3 output. For users who require an audio -only export, Camtasia 9 can export to both the M4A or WAV file types. You may then convert the exported M4A or WAV file with one of the several converters that are available for free online.

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David D, Technical Product Manager - Camtasia

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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Hello please also plan to bring back the mp3 feature while producing videos..

Hello please also plan to bring back the mp3 feature while producing videos.


Note: This conversation was created from a reply on: Alpha Transparency in MOV.
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Tim Frost

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Why not offer an enhanced version of Camtasia 9 which costs a bit more, but gives the USER the choice of whether or not they want to use MP3 output rather than the M4A or WAV output format?  In the commercial versions of embroidery software that I have one can purchase an introductory level of the software for approximately $4,000.00 and then add on options at varying prices, or the customer can simply purchase the top-of-the-line level of the software for $15,000.00 and get it all right off the bat?
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Mark W4CHL

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I have seen other products, such as Audacity, describe what a user can do including references, to incorporate MP3 export. User then makes the decision on licensing depending upon their use.  I find that absolutely acceptable and preferable to a tiered license with many features bundled. 

Alternatively: built-in MP3 support could be baked into the "pro" license, not an academic license which is an already supported tiering of Camtasia products. 
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Bring back the ability to "Save as MP3" to Camtasia 9.

I loved Camtasia 8 because I used it to edit video and create an MP3 audio version for podcasts. The ability to save as MP3 has been removed in Camtasia 9 and replaced with M4a and I am very disappointed. I can't ID3 tag an M4a audio file for iTunes, it needs to be an MP3. I will be requesting a refund of the upgrade fee because Camtasia 9 is pretty much useless for me. (PS Why did you remove something that was working well? Crazy) 
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You can just use a video / audio converter to convert the M4A / WMA files to MP3, it's very easy. I'm using VIP Video Converter to do that, but you can use any other convert for that matter if you already have one.
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Not happy, not happy at all... I purchased this product because it offered really complete editing options. Now I am being told I have to use some other software to convert files I have edited using Camtasia 9.05? What the heck? Not all of my programs use m4a, I prefer mp3 really? Is Camtasia planning to fix this problem?
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Mp3 licence is now free from what i have been reading:

On April 23, 2017, Technicolor's mp3 licensing program for certain mp3 related patents and software of Technicolor and Fraunhofer IIS has been terminated.

We thank all of our licensees for their great support in making mp3 the defacto audio codec in the world, during the past two decades.

The development of mp3 started in the late 80s at Fraunhofer IIS, based on previous development results at the University Erlangen-Nuremberg. Although there are more efficient audio codecs with advanced features available today, mp3 is still very popular amongst consumers. However, most state-of-the-art media services such as streaming or TV and radio broadcasting use modern ISO-MPEG codecs such as the AAC family or in the future MPEG-H. Those technologies, that have been developed with major contributions from Fraunhofer IIS, can deliver more features and a higher audio quality at much lower bitrates compared to mp3.

Further details about the termination of the mp3 licensing program by Technicolor and Fraunhofer are available here.  

For more information about mp3’s successful history, please visit

Any chance to explore this and if true reintegrate it?

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Thanks for posting about the mp3 licensing changes. We've been looking into the implications from Fraunhofer's termination of the mp3 patents since their announcement. At face value, it does seem that a license fee is no longer needed. We are doing some due diligence to make sure that's true.

In addition, we are doing a special features round up this week (6/12 - 6/17). MP3 Export is a feature currently up for voting.

See here for more details

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