MP3 on Camtasia for Mac

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I was just reading the post on reintroducing MP3 export on Camtasia, and was disappointed to note that it was only talking about the Windows version. All improvements should be added to both versions. Full stop. Indeed, Brooks told me a few months ago, that TechSmith were harmonising Windows & Mac versions, to have the same features on both, but this decision flies in the face of that. I'm pasting the latter part of the Windows MP3 conversation below, and raising this as a new question, because that thread has been closed for new comments. Brooks said that they'd look at for Mac if there was demand, well there is, and there was even a post to say so, before he wrote that, so I think the thread shouldn't have been closed.

Here's the latter three months of that two-year thread...


"3 months ago
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Brooks, Camtasia Technical Product Manager

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Official Response

It's looking like we'll be able to add mp3 export on Windows 8 and 10 machines with the next major release of Camtasia. It's being actively developed and tested at the moment.

Brooks
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3 months ago
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Thanks for the update on that Brooks. I have had quite a few people asking about this option and if it was going to be something added or not. You state in the next major release of Camtasia so can you let us know if this will or will not then be added for the current version of Camtasia 2018 please ? Thanks again and we appreciate your input. Have a great day/night.


2 months ago
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Realy nice to see that you will add this feature again, but what about the Mac. I cant belive you will forget the Mac Users, are we 2nd grade users?


2 months ago
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a.martin,

 I would hope they would also reinstate this feature for the Mac Users too. I use Windows as I do not have a Mac. But in my opinion it should work for both Versions (PC and Mac). This way if people were collaborating with different versions it would make it easier. This is just my opinion and hopefully we will hear back from Brooks on if this is going to be offered in the Mac Version too. Thanks for you input and post. Have a great day/night.


7 days ago
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We added back audio export of MP3 on Windows. We have not added this to the Mac. I'm marking as implemented. If we see demand for it on Mac, we'll consider it.

7 days ago
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The mp3 export option is a bit hidden on Windows. Here's a GIF showing where to get at it. There are no export options--you get a 320kbps mp3 when you export.


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End of quote. I trust that TechSmith will consider this as a formal request to reinstate MP3 output for Mac too, and more generally to add any feature that is currently available only on one platform, to the other platform. I would be particularly interested to hear what Brooks has to say about this.




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Indeed, feature parity rocks!
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Yes I want this on my Mac version too...
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FWIW, I haven't promised lock-step complete feature parity. We spent a long time bringing the platforms into what I would call "rough parity." Camtasia Mac started 10 years after Camtasia Windows. It took awhile to roughly match. With major new feature thrusts we are trying really hard to achieve parity. There will continue to be some variance based on what each of the teams are able to do, competitive pressures on each platform, and the capabilities that the OS provides (A/V Foundation on Mac and Media Foundation on Windows).

Checking with devs, we don't believe we've ever supported .mp3 output on Mac. A/V Foundation doesn't provide this as an option we can expose (Apple provides encoding into .m4a (AAC) which is a superior codec (better quality and better compression) that is widely supported on desktop, mobile and web.

As .mp3 waned in popularity and we transitioned away from QuickTime (deprecated) to Microsoft's new multimedia stack it was removed from Camtasia Windows (wasn't available when we made the transition). Microsoft decided to add support for .mp3 on Media Foundation as an option on Windows 8 / 10. Hearing a decent amount of feedback that .mp3 was missed by Windows users we decided to add support for it.

There are lots of feature requests from users and many areas where we can improve and add additional value. This isn't close to the top of what we're hearing users would like and doesn't appear to be an area where we can impact a ton of users (that's where we like to sink significant investments in time and money). We'll keep listening and polling customers we talk to to see if this is a major need that merits the investment. Until we reach a tipping point this will not be planned on Camtasia Mac.

Brooks
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Mobile Technical Product Manager
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Yes I understand what you write. For a lot of cases it is just more handy for me to have mp3, because now I have to convert the .m4a but I can live with that now that I understand your point of view. Thx for your support.
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No idea what FWIW means Brooks :-) but thank you for the response and I get the intent of it. I also understand what you're saying about M4A, and I appreciate that better quality sound is actually a big bonus, so I guess those of us with some level of need to use MP3 on occasion (for use on MP3 players that don't play M4A, for example), will just have to convert it in Audacity. It is good to have things explained in detail, like you've done, so thanks again.
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For what it's worth. ;-)