My camera works fine to insert a video in the editor but when I try turn the camera on in the recorder it says no camera is attached.

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My camera works fine when I want to insert a video in the editor but when I try turn the camera on in the recorder it says no camera is attached.
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Rick Stone

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Hi there

Can you clarify that? You say it works fine to insert a video in the editor. How exactly are you doing this? Are you talking about using your WebCam and from the Camtasia editor you are clicking the Record Camera tab followed by clicking the Start Recording button? If not, how exactly are you inserting the video in the editor?

Is this by chance a situation where you performed one type of recording before trying the other type? If so, does anything change if you restart Camtasia and try the other type first?

Have you tried simply restarting Camtasia or possibly restarting the PC?

Cheers... Rick :)
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Hello there,

 If you are inserting  video into the editor from your camera. Then it sounds like you must be using a Digital Recording Camera. 

Camtasia only records Web Cams. Web cams are designed to play directly on your monitor. That's how a screen recorder can capture the video.

 Digital cameras are designed to capture video and then play it back later. That's why this doesn't work. Some High Quality DV cameras can actually be used. But it requires using additional software to convert and display the signal at the same time so Camtasia can record it. It's also a little demanding on a computer so your computer would need to be up to the task as well. See Image Below, Click to Enlarge.

Regards, Joe 

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This is a follow up. I wanted to do the same thing myself a long time ago and forgot about this option. I did not do it because I just have a Standard " Still Image" Camera that also shoots HD Video. So that left me out.
 I'll just post the You Tube video. You can evaluate your options.
Good luck to you.
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Interesting information, Joe. I've actually got four of those types of devices. One is the EasyCap,brand one is a KWorld brand and two of them are iGrabber brand.

They seem to work well for connecting video cameras to the computer. The only real problem I've experienced is that for reasons I can't sort, the devices are seen and can be selected by applications such as Skype or ManyCam or Camtasia, but the apps are unable to "start" the video. I'm not sure if it's a driver issue, just my computer setup or what.

It reminds me of the old "dial up modem" days. I remember that there was an "initialization string" that sent codes to configure the session. The company I worked for back in those days had their own software used with modems. And for some reason they struggled and struggled with making it reliably work. Then you had folks like America Online where the connection to the modem seldom had issues and it was pretty solid.

Along those lines, I use an application called Screen Monkey that has no issue whatsoever "starting the video" with any of these devices while these other applications just fall on their knees. Go figure.

Cheers... Rick :)

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