Question about Camtasia compatibility.

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Does Camtasia 9 work with Mac OS 10.9.5? Also what's the best webcam to get for sound quality? Thanks
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James,

I believe that Camtasia for Mac 2 is the last version that will work on 10.9. You wouldn't be getting any updates or bug fixes

You can download the old version (and use the trial) from this page:
http://www.techsmith.com/download/oldversions.asp

I will leave it to the rest of the community to answer the webcam question, but I will add that you can record your audio separately with a different microphone if you want; it doesn't have to be the webcam audio.

FYI, if you decide to purchase, you will be getting a Camtasia for Mac 3 key. Normally, our software keys are backwardly compatible, but we changed the key format for Camtasia Mac 3 because it will also work with Camtasia on Windows. It wouldn't be a problem to get you a key, but you'll have to use our support form after buying online, or if you call to buy over the phone and explain we'd hook you up there.

I hope this helps,
Glenn
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James, I wouldn't pick a webcam for it's microphone - if sound quality is important then there are a few things you could consider:

  • Getting the mic closer to your mouth (but not directly in front of) is the most important thing.
    This can be achieved by nearly any USB microphone or headset.
  • Avoid having any microphone right in front of your mouth, the rule is that when you blow air from your mouth, it should not hit the microphone, having a mic near your mouth, but off to the side, is best
  • Amazon reviews are a great way to see what microphone's lots of people like.
  • Another great resource is youtube - search for USB microphone reviews.

Personally, I bought a Blue Yeti after comparing many mic's on youtube videos - the yeti produced a clean sound, which I liked. There are many other choices, your research might lead you in a different direction.
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Thanks guys, yeah I'm gonna get a yeti. What's a solution for capturing video in room while using the yeti Camtasia? I read that the webcam camera can have issues syncing to external mics, latency. I'm using Cam 2 for Mac right now till I go to Sierra.
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I've struggled with that before as well, not just in camtasia but in any tool where audio/video becomes de-synced.

You could try recording your picture and audio in a separate tool - ie use quicktime to record you and your conversation, and then use camtasia to capture the screen.

You may not need to do this, but if you find the audio becoming desynced in camtasia, that's one avenue to look at.

Another technique would be to record in smaller pieces - ie if you're making tutorials, record them in segments instead of 3 hours all at once.

One more really helpful technique:
Clap your hands in front of the camera.
The visual of your hands coming together, will be at the same time as the audio sound of the clap. It's a good way to confirm if you're getting drift or not.
if you clap one time, but do it say every 5 or 10  minutes while recording, then you'll have points along your recording you can use to re-align the audio if needed.
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Ok, I got it. I'm gonna start doing some test runs today. I have a nice high end HD camcorder with a great video look and good enough audio for this. I'll trying filming with that, use the 2 pop method and import and line up in Cam. Thanks guys.
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Whenever I edit, I inevitably end up editing the audio tracks as much as the video to wipe out dead space or the um's or uh's I try so hard not to say. Having a script is a good idea, and don't be afraid to re-record your audio (narration) track after the fact.
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