recommendations for transcoding video camera footage?

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What is the recommended format for transcoding footage into in order to edit videos smoothly in Camtasia.  I'm getting choppy playback in preview trying to edit my video files.  Screen shots of my media.  Thanks!
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Ed Covney

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What kind of computer & video card do you have? They all affect outcome.
I noticed 560V produced 60fps video and the other two sources 30fps so I think for best results would be to render at 30fps - the lowest common denominator.
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I would convert the footage at its original frame rate.

Why is that? Your 60 FPS Sony footage is probably going to look best at 60 FPS. Especially if it contains fast motion. If you want to apply clip speed and slow it down. Applying a slow-motion effect. Then absolutely, you want to have 60 FPS available to you.

If you’re just going to be intermixing this 60 FPS footage. With the Canon 30 FPS and the other Sony 30 FPS footage. And you’re not going to be doing much else with it other than viewing it in real time. Then 60 FPS might not be critical to the production. You could actually create a 30 FPS project. When the 60 FPS footage is added to the timeline. Half of the frames will be discarded automatically.

However, that should have nothing to do with how you choose to convert the videos. I would convert all my videos at their native FPS. Convert your 60 FPS videos to 60 FPS. Well, 59.94 FPS to be exact. Same thing with the other footage converted to 29.97.

Your project settings will dictate how many FPS the project will be. If you set Camtasia’s project settings to 60 FPS. You can do everything that you wish with your 60 FPS footage. Importing your 29.97 FPS footage that will become 60 FPS when placed on the timeline. It simply doubles every frame which doesn’t harm a thing. It doesn’t create jitter, and you cannot see it when viewing the final video.

Same story with projects created at 30 FPS. 60 FPS footage will be reduced to 30 FPS when placed on the timeline. As I mentioned earlier. It simply drops half the frames evenly. And the video plays smoothly.

Your converted footage remains versatile and ready for any project down the road. Or, ready if you change your mind tomorrow. And change the frame rate of your project in the morning.

If your project is going to be 30FPS.There is a performance gain if the 60FPS footage is already converted to 30FPS.So there is that to consider as well.

Just convert it to an MP4.

Regards, Joe

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thanks guys.  It's not the FPS I'm concerned with.  Editing ANY footage shot with any of those cams is pretty sluggish with Camtasia.  It always has been for me in my 10+ years of using Camtasia .  Granted, I built my pc years ago and it is aging, but compared to Pinnacle Studio, Sony Vegas, and Premier Pro, Camtasia is by far the weakest.  However, editing screen captures has always been smooth (unless I'm adding a ton of elements to a 10 minute clip).

So, I was just wondering if anyone had a reference codec and settings they use for transcoding to a more digestible format, like mpeg2, mp4 with a certain bitrate, etc.

pc specs-
Win 10 edu,
AMD FX-8370 @ 4GHz, 
G.SKILL 32GB 1610MHz, 
GTX 1080 FTW,
Sammy 1TB SSD,
Monoprice 27" 2560x1440,