Need help. How can I get Camtasia Studio 8 to use webcam only and not do a screen recording?

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I'm trying to do a webcam video capture only but camtasia is always recording my computer screen as well and placing a small window in the bottom corner showing my webcam input. How can I control camtasia to only do a webcam input and not record the screen?
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Richard Campbell, Champion

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Why not  use the free Windows Movie Maker ( microsoft may have changed the name) to do that?
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John Kranz

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I'll check for that. I thought Camtasia may just have an option to shoot webcam feed only.
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to just record web cam, use the functions on the Camtasia Studio editor's Record Camera tab
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I can't even find editor option :(
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sorry for delay in responding as I just found this post; did you ever get this sorted out?
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John Kranz

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Thanks. I was looking at the little recording app and didn't notice this in Camtasia Studio itself. I'll try it out but I'm sure it will work. Thanks again.
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Hi John, 

Just as kayakman said you can do this, although it isn't found in the recorder. In the editor, go to the more tab and choose the Record Camera option. From there you'll be able to select the camera input and adjust other settings. 



As you record this will go on to your timeline, where you can either add other video, or produce it for sharing. 

Just out of curiosity, why are you recording just the webcam? Would love to hear! 

Thanks,
Matt Pierce
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Hi Joy

When you click the Start button in Windows, do you see an icon somewhere for Camtasia? If so, just click it and the editor should open up.

For me, if I click Start, I also have a field where I can type "Camtasia" and then Windows finds the icon for me.

Cheers... Rick :)
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I have no problem finding Camtasia, my problem is I can't get it to record ME
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Can you see your Camera in the editors property panel when you click on the panels camera Icon or "Record Camera" in the drop-down menu?

Regards,Joe

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I am using the most current version for Windows and it does not show the option you say. Many trainers and bloggers record their screen first, then record themselves with a Word teleprompter opened with their transcript right below the camera.  To ASSUME we want to record both at the same time is unbelievable!
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the most current version of Camtasia for Windows id CS9 [9.1]

if you are using CS9, there is no Record Capture option like there was in CS9

so, in CS9, use Camrasia Recorder, configured to capture web cam to do your capture; you can use a very small screen capture area because that part of the capture will be disgarded

put the capture on timeline, and you should get at lease 2 tracks ... one for screen, one for camera; audio will be in the camera track; if you also captured system audio, that will be on a 3rd track

delete the screen track clip, and you'll just have your web cam capture

How To Record Only Web Cam In CS9
http://www.screencast.com/t/uPBqI01M1
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Matt, if you're interested, I'm only recording the web cam feed to overlay on something else. 

Seems though that Camtasia will handle this well (and this post helped me out :) ) 
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is there a way to see yourself when recording just your webcam?  My screen is blank and I'm unsure how it looks.
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as Joe suggested, have you tried using the Record Camera tab's function [a tab on the CS Editor]?

you can see the web cam view as you record
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drsandy,

If you have the Camtasia editor open you can see a small preview window of the live recording as it records.
See Image Below, Click to Enlarge.

Regards, Joe

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Any option to do this same thing on the Mac version?
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Hello,
In Camtasia 9, you can no longer just record the web cam.

The web cam recording feature has been removed from inside the Editor in version 9.

To record the web cam with the Camtasia Recorder, you still get the screen recording part of the video. However, this can be easily removed once your recording is brought into the  Editor and is on the timeline.

Or, you can use your web cam software to just record the web cam. Then, you can bring that recording into the Camtasia Editor if needed.

I hope this helps!
Kelly
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Kelly that is correct. It can be done this way which most computers have some kind of free webcam recording software installed on them now days but may not have the best settings or results. Not saying all of them are that way though.

However, I think the issue is why it was removed as it was a nice feature that people could just do right from within the software itself (Camtasia Studio). I am not sure as I am not a Mac User but I believe or have been told that that option is still available in the Mac Version of both Studio and Snagit so wondering if it is supposed to work the same or going more that way for collaboration and having the ability to share from one to the other then why do they not have the same options? I know that not everything can be implemented or kept when doing upgrades as things such as formats, codecs, etc. get changed all the time with the new technology today. Just wondering why they take away features that would still work.

So my question is was it broke or something or what is the reasoning on TechSmith's part for removing that feature ? I mean it was convenient and as the old saying goes "If it Ain't Broke Then Don't Fix It". Just saying though. Not cutting down the company or software if anyone thinks that. Just expressing my opinion and trying to figure out why they chose to remove this feature.

Have a great day/night.

Best Regards ~ Fred.

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I agree 100% Fred. In these days of highly competitive app availability it is quite absurd that they would TAKE this feature OUT!...a dn then to leave it in the Apple version is even sillier. I have had half a dozen people agree with my comments here and in other forums within an hour of posting. Who made this stupid decision at TechSmith and why?
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Frustrating. Snag it does such a good job of toggling between the webcam and the screen. Maybe create the video in snag it and then edit in camtasia? Who the f knows? A little disappointing and I agree with the comments. The software is pretty inexpensive though. Thx.
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I record in Snagit, from there I can make my animated gifs from the video and also save it as an mpeg4, I then move it into Camtasia for editing, works great.
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you can do it, camtasia have an option with in more tab to record camera
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In Camtasia 9, you get two tracks when recording, one of the screen and one of the camera, all you need to do is delete the screen track and you'll be left with the camera only, just resize the camera to fill the stage and voila you have screen only ...