My screen is dimming when editing in Camtasia

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My monitor screen is dimming whenever I use Camtasia. Not while taking screenshots or capturing my screen, but when editing, playing the video, or doing anything really. I've tried closing and reopening the program and have also tried restarting my computer (MacBook Air).
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Paul Middlin, Employee

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That's quite odd... does it dim when you open the app and stay that way, or does it dim/brighten/dim/brighten?
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Paul Middlin, Employee

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Curious what happens if you turn this off in the System Preferences app:
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You know what's REALLY weird now? I clicked that and my computer background changed from the Mojave Desert but now the screen isn't dimming. So that seems to have solved one issue and opened up a new oddity.
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I'm not sure, but I think what is happening is this:
By default, that option is on (automatically adjust brightness).
Your computer has a light sensor on it, and attempts to make the screen darker when it's darker in the room.
When you have a lot of very bright screen content, it's reflecting off you and the room, so it thinks it's "light out." When camtasia, being a dark app, is in the foreground, it sees less light bouncing off you, and brightens up the screen.

Are you in a relatively dark room? More light might make this problem disappear, or just keeping the option off.

Or I'm full of it. It's just a theory.
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Hahaha, good theory, but I'm not sure if it'll hold up as I'm in an open office environment which has a pretty good amount of light. :/ I don't think you're full of it though, could just be half full.
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Paul's theory is the only one that makes sense so far...you could test by launching an Adobe product with a similarly dark UI.