Optimal Camastia computer. What Video driver ram ssd i7 etc

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Ok I'm getting a new computer. Help me understand optimal specs for Camastia editing
Ram. How much?
Video card Nividia 940 950 960 2 gigs ? 4gigs
Cpu. I7. 7th gen?
Ssd start drive?

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Hi Bill and thanks for stopping by to the TechSmith Community!

Though we do not often provide specific hardware recommendations and you are looking for something more than the current system requirements for Camtasia, I would recommend that users look into a system running something along the lines of the following:

Current Intel Xeon (Preferred) or Intel Core i7
At least 8GB of RAM (16GB Preferred)
nVidia Quadro video card (I would not recommend the nVidia GeForce or AMD Radeon gaming graphics adapters; while nice, they do not perform workstation-level tasks, like video editing, nearly as well)
A large SSD (512GB)
A large standard Hard Disk Drive (internal to the computer, not an external hard drive or network attached storage) at about 2TB (more or less as you need, Hard Drive space is abundantly affordable these days)
1920x1080 monitor(s) as needed (4k is nice and all, but it is still not widely adopted; a video that looks excellent on your machine may look horrible on a non-4k machine)

I would stay away from all-in-one machines and small form factor, as video production can be incredibly intensive on machines, thus driving up the ambient temps in the case; the hotter the computer components are, the less efficient / more prone to failure they will be.

Note though, that this is an optimal video production system, I have seen machines that are far less powerful perform head recording and editing tasks in Camtasia and on the opposite side, I have seen far more powerful machines fail miserably at editing.

One thing to note, your mileage will be different based on editing behaviors so ensuring you take short, scripted recordings that require minimal editing is key.

Hope that helps (if not, I'm happy to answer some questions for you)!

-Robert
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Thank you thank you... hoping my rendering times drop in half
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Hello Bill;

Unfortunately there is no way to guarantee that upgrading a machine will increase your rendering performance at all, let alone by half. The most common cause of poor rendering speed, outside of working on files stored on a network drive, flash drive/external hard drive, or in a synced folder (like OneDrive, Dropbox, Box, etc.), is actually editing behavior. A video that has an inordinate amount of edits will take far longer to produce than one that contains fewer edits.

To ensure that there are fewer edits you will want to record short, practiced videos; I strongly recommend the use of a rehearsed script. A few practice runs with a script while keeping recordings short can exponentially increase project completion time because you are spending far, far less time cutting out errors. So your biggest gains in project completion time comes from recording practiced content that requires less editing.

-Robert
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Let's hope I have fun and play a few games ONCE IN AWHILE TOO
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So you not recommend the nVidia GeForce or AMD Radeon gaming graphics adapters;, but will hurt video editing function? What do u recommend?
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Hello Bill;

Since the Geforce and Radeon cards are designed for gaming and not workstation-level production, using the gaming cards for other tasks is possible, but they will not be efficient at those tasks (though a silly analogy, this applies: you can use a hammer to pound a screw into wood, but you're better off using an actual screwdriver. The same goes for workstation/production graphics cards; they can play video games but they won't be nearly as efficient as an actual gaming graphics adapter.

-Robert