multi monitor/camera recoding at the sametime time

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I wanna be able to recoded 2 cameras at the same time, with 2 usb video capturing devices connected to 1 pc, is it possible, will I be able to select both cams,, wanting to buy this and this is my only remaining question, please help
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It depends on the cameras and how many hoops your willing to jump through.
Camtasia can't record 2 webcams at the same time. If that's the question.
However, some webcams have software that lets you record it. You can record one webcam with that software while Camtasia records the other.
I assume you would be capturing the screen as well??? So a 3rd recording/capture at the same time?
That will put a lot of strain on computer resources. You may drop so many frames that the recordings will not come out good.You could download the free trial of Camtasia to experiment.
If I've misunderstood sorry about that. Try to reword your question and I'll attempt to answer your question again.
Regards,Joe
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Why not record your videos with 2 cameras at the same time and edit in Camtasia you can add as many video files as you want and resize as needed to display on the screen.  If you are recording your screen and doing a talking head video that is possible.

Simply turn your Camera on along iwth your screen capture
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its 2 external cams. no screen capture for now,, no web cam.. I wanna use 2 external cameras or two monitors , for example,, I wanna do a side by side of a xbox and playstation game at he same time, and record them with 2 video capture device hooked up to usb, going into pc , all being view in Camtasia ,, or a left and right angel of 2 dslr camera shot recorded at the same time in Camtasia
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I have recorded 2 side-by-side screens at the same time with Camtasia Recorder 9. (on Windows 10)
Just drag the green dashed frame side next to the adjacent monitor to encompass both screens. 
I get a 3840p X 1080p video. After rendering, it was wide and narrow height but quite usable.
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While Camtasia isn't capable of recording two camera feeds directly, you could accomplish this goal by introducing another application and some devices into the mix. You can use devices such as this one:


Essentially you connect the camera to the device and the device to the USB port. And you can use more than one of these at the same time.

Then you use a piece of software named "Screen Monkey". Screen Monkey allows you to "play" these devices on a computer monitor. And you are able to define specific areas on the screen to play them. So you could arrange the playback areas side by side. Then you could record the two areas using Camtasia to achieve the "side by side" effect of recording two cameras in real time.

Screen Monkey is free to use unless you are wanting some of the advanced features. The free version should do everything you need. You can download it from the link below:

https://www.screenmonkey.co.uk/

There is other software that does what Screen Monkey does. But I'm not sure if any of it is free like Screen Monkey is.

Cheers... Rick :)
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@ rick stone . so pretty much , I'm recording camera 1 the regular way and camera 2 thru screen monkey , will be a screen capture
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No, when you connect these devices (assuming you are using two of them) you use Screen Monkey to present windows on your computer screen. Each window may be configured as to what it presents. In your case, if you chose to try this route, I would assume window 1 might show a live view of camera 1. And window 2 would show a live view of camera 2. So you would then use Camtasia to surround the larger area including Window 1 and Window 2 and just record. You would end up with a Camtasia video showing Window 1 and Window 2 and whatever they were presenting at the time you recorded.
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Like Bob Lewis said, you can record 2 monitors simultaneously. Camtasia should capture whatever is on the screens.

With some limitations. Camtasia should have no problem recording two 4K monitors.

I just captured 3 of mine. I don’t run 4K myself. I have no need for them. I’m running a 32” 2556 x 1440 primary monitor and a 23”1920 x 1080 secondary monitor. A 52” 1920 x 1080 Samsung on the far end for occasional game play and video playback.

 This adds up to 6396 x 1440 pixels in total.


Two 4K monitors would be in the neighborhood of 8192 x 4096. So it’s a taller order to fill, but as far as i know, its not a problem either.

 The editor is only Capable of editing at 4K max.  So you could get your recording in there, but you would need to edit at 4K. Which isn’t all bad. Side-by-side 4K recordings would leave a lot of black bars top and bottom. Plus, there isn’t any place to host a 8K video that I’m aware of. You would have to produce a video like that at 8K to keep it in it's native form. 

 In my case, I would want to record my game play on the matching 1920 x 1080 monitors.

Edit at 1920 x 1080.

With the zoom level set to 100 percent on a 3840 by 1080 recording. I can reposition the recording to the left or the right so that one monitor/game fills the entire canvas. Switching at will or doing whatever I was after in recording them at the same time.

 In order for your videos to look good. The rule of thumb in video editing is to record, edit and produce in the same video dimensions. This is an exception to that rule.You can still Zoom out to show both games and they will look pretty good, and zoom in to one till it fills the screen and it will look flawless.

 However, Camtasia cannot record video games in full screen mode. So unless these Xbox and PlayStation games have a windowed mode in the settings menu, this isn't going to help you.

Most Computer games let you play in windowed mode and Camtasia can record them.

Oddly enough, if you could get the games to shrink by 1 pixel from full-screen mode. That’s all it would actually take. Camtasia could record them.

Regards,Joe
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thanks joe,, I mainly using it for the 2 dslr set up for my podcast, , and record at 1080p for both. you think it will turn out ok, and what do you use to send the 2 monitors/cameras signal to the pc for Camtasia to read and display , seems like you might be using what I need
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So, first off. I don’t record or stream PlayStation or Xbox through my computer. Through is the key word here.

I stopped at PlayStation 2. I found those games more challenging than the new high definition ones released with PlayStation 3.

When I do game on my computer it’s a computer game. I’m not sure what’s required to tie these modern games properly into a computer.

Odds are, they need to come into the computer through a video capture device. That’s a procedure for bringing in DVDs, recorded movies and things of this nature. Things that cannot play natively on your computer monitor. ”Interlaced Videos” There are video capture cards that plug directly into your motherboard. There are also video capture devices that help you stream your game play and plug-in via USB.

However, for HD games these devices cost well over $100 a pop. They make cheaper video capture devices but they are designed for low resolution media.

I’m on shaky ground here because I just don’t do this. The biggest problem with Xbox and PlayStation is there designed to be played on television sets. The signal that is sent to a television set might not be decodable by your computer monitor. These newer gaming systems may not have that problem any longer?

 But you still need to get that signal onto the motherboard of the computer. That’s where Camtasia lives and gets its signal from.  So some form of video signal transfer will still be necessary. I don’t see how it can be anything but a video capture device that would handle the job.

I would try doing a search on YouTube. See if you can find someone that is done this and created a tutorial. That or do some Google searching on the Internet.

If you can get the signals through your computer onto your monitors. I’m confident Camtasia can record it.

It probably makes more sense in the long run to record your games through the Xbox and PlayStation console. Don’t these newer units have the ability to record themselves? That would sure save you a lot of money buying capture devices.

Let us know what you decide to do I’m curious about it.
Joe
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im not recording games ,, im recording 2 dslr cameras , but ill let you know within the next week,, ill be setup and I try the trail version