Process Recordings from command line

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Hello,

Does Camtasia 8 offer any option from the command line other than play, pause, stop,... to process recordings.

We need that after a recording has been done, to apply a logo, set preset for processing and process it all without any human interaction.

Is this possible? If yes, how?

Thank you in advance.
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Gabriel

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Daniel Foster, Snagit strategy lead

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Hi Gabriel -

Camtasia Studio does have an option for batch production, though it still requires a human to initiate the process: http://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmi...

It actually sounds like our Camtasia Relay product might align best with your needs. Its strengths are automated processing and posting. You can find details here: http://www.techsmith.com/camtasia-rel... and if you have questions our sales team is a great resource for helping clarify product capabilities without putting on a hard sell: 517.381.5901
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It requires also the human to do stupid steps over and over again, instead of providing simple command line options to start the reendering process. This way I would not care if a reendering took 3 or 5 hours, it could be done over night. If however the only option is to (over and over again) select by hand 'batch processing' which also in itself is not very efficient - then the solution is to skip camtasia completely, recommend just snagit and rather invest in a normal video processor tool 

Also I am sure you are not suggesting for an individual to look at Relay as an option?
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Hi Nicole - I asked around to see if I'm missing any hidden command line options that may exist...but it sounds like the batch encoding feature is the closest thing we have in Camtasia Studio. Can you provide some additional detail about how you'd like command line encoding to work?

Camtasia Relay is designed to solve the problem of encoding and publishing at scale...it's a better fit for enterprises or situations like the one Gabriel describes than for personal use. For someone doing a ton of transcoding without the need to capture or edit...then I agree that other video processing tools may be more suitable.

Hope to see you again this year at SXSW!
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I have set my recordings for my assistant and also as another 'batch needing way' to use the same project file to quickly have the settings ready. 

I probably would like to start recording batch oriented (have not looked at the optiosn for that) for my VA to have 1 frame per second and lower quality and a specific screensize. Building stuff for How to Video on Youtube however has different options. As said, I currently used project files as templates.


But once I have recorded them I would like to have 
camtasia -name of profile nameoffiletoprocess outputfilename some options

this way I can integrate it into my workflow. even with editing in camtasia it would make more sense for command line reendering.

example:
take the file and reender it, continue skript by f.e. automatically uploading it and process
take the file and reender just the audio out for transcription, continue skript 

example (my VA has limited bandwith. we needed to check sizes)
take one file and process the file based on x different profiles for comparison 

now try that last one with the so called "batch processing" - that is a click fest to select the profile per entry. 


None of these options for the single instructor will ever be covered by relay. Saying "we have relay" is a bit like saying "we have huge industrial harvest equipment" when all I ever am going to need is one for my back yard. 


and sadly no, there most likely will not be a sxsw for me ;)
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Hello Daniel,

Thank you for your reply. I have read everything about Camtasia Relay and it really looks like it can help me achive my goal: automatic processing and publishing of recordings.

There are a few details that I am not sure if I understood correctly:

1. We install Camtasia Relay on a Windows Server
2. The tutors will install Camtasia Relay client on their computer
3. After they record the camrec file is uploaded to the server.
4. When the recording is automatically processed
5. After the processing the recording in published and can be accessed online.

My questions:

1. If the internet connection has issues, and the recording is not completly uploaded, is there a resume option or the upload will restart?
2. Is there any option to process the same recording twice for 2 different formats?
3. Can we set where the recording is published and under what name?
4. Does it upload via FTP instead of publishing?
5. Are there any checks in place if the recording is not processed completly or copied completly?

Thank you and kind regards,

Gabi
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Daniel Foster, Snagit strategy lead

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Hi Gabriel-

Great questions - I’ll take my best stab at answering them...

  1. Yes - if the tutor records offline, the recording will upload automatically next time their computer connects to the Internet. Likewise, if upload is interrupted it will resume as soon as possible.
  2. Yes - a single recording can be processed into numerous formats and dimensions by the server.
  3. Yes - you can choose one or more publish destinations for each recording. The name can be automatically generated, can be entered by the tutor, or some combination of both.
  4. Yes - Camtasia Relay can publish to FTP or sFTP, among many other destinations.
  5. Yes – the server checks to make sure a job is completed before sending notifications that it’s ready for viewing...and admins can be notified of any problematic jobs, as well.


There's a lot of great documentation and training material on our website that may also be useful. And Matt Dennis on our sales team is a great resource for questions and can set you up with a free trial of Camtasia Relay. You can reach him at m.dennis@TechSmith.com or by phone +1.517.381.5901.

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