Re-instate MP3 output

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(This idea comes what what we’ve heard here in this community as well as from other customer feedback methods we utilize. The feedback we gather here will help us gauge how well it fits our users’ needs. Please let us know what you think)

The Problem:

With version 9 of Camtasia, Export to .MP3 was removed.

Potential Solution:

Re-instate the export to MP3.
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David D, Technical Product Manager - Camtasia

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Posted 2 years ago

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Tim Frost

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It's about time that TechSmith has decided to listen to their customers.  Now, all TechSmith has to do is to GET RID OF that BLACK UI and introduce one that is MUCH LIGHTER and ACTUALLY LEGIBLE to the MAJORITY of their users.
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stanxoxokathleen

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I really hope you get to re-install the .mp3 option...
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Jack Fruh, Champion

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I believe the patents on MP3 have just expired and fraunhoffer is no longer seeking money for the use of MP3.
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David D, Technical Product Manager - Camtasia

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We've been looking into the implications from Fraunhofer's termination of the mp3 patents since their announcement. At face value, it does seem that a license fee is no longer needed. We are doing some due diligence to make sure that's true.
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elmurray

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Yes!!  I used to export audio as an MP3 often!
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x

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I create training videos, and some of my colleagues would like audio to listen to. Not very many, but enough that the added feature would be useful.
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dcg

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I would very much like the option to create audio files. Thanks for opening this up for comments!
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DrivenMavens

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For sure this should be reinstated.  a lot easier for us to use.  
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Theresa Kennihan Wagar

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Hugely disappointed when this was removed.  I use camtasia to process  and edit our videos from our church services.  Need to produce a MP4 and an MP3 to share later.  Now  have an extra step to convert the WAV file to MP3.  Would save me oodles of time to have MP3 back.  Still don't understand why you'd take away the most popular file format.  in fact, it would be nice to be able to edit the parameters of the MP3 from within camtasia so i could use it for podcasts . . . .
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lindaw

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This is a big one for me as I have group sessions from a video platform and need to convert into an audio file that is small enough so that downloads are not too heavy. Currently, I have to export audio (in .wav), then open Audacity and convert into mp3 files. 
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tmrait

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I've been pushing this since Version 9 came out. I need the MP3 for podcast upload to Libsyn, please bring it back.
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David D, Technical Product Manager - Camtasia

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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled MP3 Export.

Hello TechSmith Community!

With the release of Camtasia 9, the ability to export project audio to MP3 was removed. Our decision to do so was based on two factors. 1)The use of MP3 export in Camtasia was very low and had been declining over time. 2) The cost to provide MP3 output required a licensing fee for all Camtasia Windows users, not just those users who used the MP3 output. For users who require an audio -only export, Camtasia 9 can export to both the M4A or WAV file types. You may then convert the exported M4A or WAV file with one of the several converters that are available for free online.

- Team TechSmith
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Peter Gysegem

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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled I would like Camtasia Studio to be able to export the audio to MP3 and/or WAV for....

When producing instructional videos, I would like to also provide my students with an audio they can listen to while they are doing other things. I know I can use external software to convert the video to an audio format but it would be terrific if Camtasia could do it instead. If it becomes available, it should export at the best possible quality and let the user select more compression/lower quality also to get smaller files.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Please add produce to MP3 to Camtasia 9.

Hello. We use Camtasia to produce our weekly show and as part of that production, we produce the audio separately for our audience who prefers to listen to the podcast as an MP3 instead of watching our pretty faces. We have used Camtasia 8 for this for a long time and the lack of support for MP3s has stopped us from moving to Camtasia 9. It would be great if this feature could make a comeback.  
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Camtasia 9 export audio to wav or mp3.

I have Camtasia 9 recorded a video, I'd like to just export the audio out into wav or mp3.  I see you could do this in camtasia 8, I looked around and see that find you can do Share > Custom Production and export it into a .M4A, but there is no wav or mp3 options?
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled SAVE TO MP3 is still not available in Camtasia 9--REALLY????!!!!???.

This is my first post to the Techsmith forum.  I've been using Camtasia for about 5 years now, and have been fairly satisfied up to this point, but recently upgraded to Camtasia 9.  Deleting the ability to export to .mp3, and without warning folks who were upgrading to version 9, was just plain dumb, and also quite rude.  

I just wasted an hour of my life trying to figure it out within Camtasia, doing Google searches, and finally coming across this forum. I will now have to waste hours more exporting to .m4A, then converting the audio files to .mp3 using a separate program.

Looks like it's been 4 months since the original post, and there have been numerous comments from users, but converting to .mp3 is still not fixed?

C'mon guys, please take care of this asap.

Thanks,

Lawrence

p.s.  Also, there was no way to respond to the original post from 4 months ago, nor the "official response" from Robert from 3 months ago, so I'm creating a new thread.
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Yes - PLEASE bring this feature back.  It is an extraordinary pain in the neck to add this extra step to convert the .m4A to mp3.  I'm not sure why you even took it out in the first place.  Thanks for listening and hopefully acting to bring this feature back as an option.  There has been an outcry for months!
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tmrait

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Is there any way to purchase Version 8? I've installed V9 and am willing to pay extract to have access to V8 so I can save time saving as MP3. 
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Joe Morgan

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You don't need to purchase Camtasia 8 separately.
You can install version 8 and activate it with your Camtasia 9 key.Plus, you can have both versions installed on the same machine.
And yes, it's perfectly legal to do.

You can download and install a new or an older version from this link.

https://www.techsmith.com/download/oldversions

Regards,Joe
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David D, Technical Product Manager - Camtasia

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Official Response

As has been pointed out in the responses to this idea, the need for a license fee seems to longer be required for MP3 encoding. That definitely changes the calculus of it’s relative priority. Due to the higher priority items we’ll be addressing ahead of this idea, we are keeping this idea under consideration for future development. As capacity becomes available, we’ll reevaluate its priority.


Here are the definitions of what the statuses mean for Ideas.

Here is the overall vote count for the rest of the Ideas in this round up.

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Robert R., Online Community Admin

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Official Response
Hello all;

I just wanted to let everyone know that the Status for this Feature Request has changed (see here for details on Statuses). Feel free to reply here if you have any questions.

In some cases the Status changing may mean that the feature request no longer aligns with the current workflow, that other work such as bug fixes, has taken priority, or that the priority for the feature request has been bumped up.

Please continue to follow the thread as the status may change again.

-Robert
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Tim Frost

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Neither one of the respondents to this post (I won't mention any names here for fear of being accused of "attacking" a TechSmith employee) stated the current status of the return of this much-needed feature. Since I had a FREE update to the newly released Camtasia 9.1 I upgraded to that version and noted with great interest the fact that creation of an MP3 file remains unavailable. Please tell us all that, quoting one of the posts above that "...the need for a license fee seems to longer be required..." I think that the line should have been "...the need for a license fee is no longer required..." which is the case for MP3 production .  If the status is "Under consideration" then this seems to be the lowest of all priorities other than "No Status". Is this, in fact, true that this issue has the lowest priority?
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Robert R., Online Community Admin

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Hi Tim;

In the case of this request (reinstating MP3 output) the status was changed from "Under Consideration" to "Not Planned" as we are currently focusing on bug fixes and other features that take priority (such as this one). To clarify too, the move to "Not Planned" does not necessarily mean that it may not bubble up in priority on the backlog as other more popular features are completed and/or issues are fixed. The primary concern here is managing expectations; for the immediate future reinstating the MP3 output is not planned and rather than letting this thread sit in "Under Consideration" for an unnecessarily long time, we felt the need to change the Status.

It may return, it may not; we will be sure to update this thread in the future if a more definitive answer can provided. For the time being the focus on higher priority requests/concerns has pushed it down in the backlog.

-Robert
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Tim Frost

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Robert.

Thanks for the clarification, as discouraging though it may be.

Tim
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nlias

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Robert, per this discussion, this item should have been included in the current user roundup, surely, since the purpose of that roundup is to measure user interest and provide prioritization? 
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rpw305

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Hello TechSmith Team. This post petered out 4 months ago. Any current plans to bring this back?
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Enid Newberg

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Hey TechSmith Team - I would be interested in knowing this too. I keep both Version 8 and Version 9 on my computer so I can use the MP3 when (as is frequently the case) I need it.
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David D, Technical Product Manager - Camtasia

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Hello,

As of, May 21st, 2018, we do not currently have plans to bring back MP3 output.
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brucerothwell

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To all the folks that are upset that MP3 output is no longer in Camtasia 9:

Most people that do this kind of work, already have Audacity installed.

But to anyone that does not: 
  1. Install Audacity.
  2. Using the instructions provide at the Audacity site, download the MP3 codec to your computer.

Now, whenever you need an MP3 from a Camtasia production:
  1. export as a WAV.
  2. Open the WAV into Audacity
  3. Export to MP3.
No biggie.

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