record, and save files to .mp4

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I love Camtasia, but one place that if falls short is the ability to record the screen, and immediately save the recorded file into a pre-compressed file format, such as .mp4.  (Other software applications do this, such as Debut Video Capture, that only costs $39.00.)  Why can't Camtasia, a much more expensive program, automatically save the screen recorded file to some other formats, other than .avi and .camrec?  Sometimes, my screen recording is perfect just the way it is, and I don't want to run it through Studio, and waste my time compressing to another format.
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Jordan L.

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Hi Lan!

Thanks for writing in. I might have found a quick solution to getting your videos quickly into a share-able format. Please check out the video here: http://screencast.com/t/76E76LXJQ

Hope it helps!

Jordan
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Hi Jordan,

That still requires me to "burn," or spend the time exporting the file to that file type format. What I'm looking for is a way to just save the file, directly from the recorder, without ever having to open Studio, just as you do as a Camrec file, or AVI file. To save to these two file formats, you don't make me open Studio, and "burn" the file out to disk, it just saves the file to those file formats natively, I would like to have the ability to save the file out to .mp4, and .wmv natively as well.

Thanks for your help.
LT
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Ahh! Now we are on the same page. Unfortunately, Camtasia Studio doesn't current have this capability, but Snagit does. Once you finish a recording with Snagit, you can save the file directly into a MP4 format. I'm not sure if you have tried Snagit before, but we do have a free trial so you can give it a shot if you would like: http://www.techsmith.com/download/snagit/

Let me know if you have any questions!

Jordan



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Doesn't Snag It only allow you to record for 5 minutes? Or is that just the trial version?
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Jordan L.

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Snagit actually does not have a time limit recording in the trial or paid version. In fact, the trial version is the paid version, but only for a limited amount of time.

Let me know if there is anything else I can help with!

Jordan
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2 Years later.

Just starting to use Camtasia. Same issue. I just want to record straight to MP4 as I can do on many cheaper applications.

I cannot see this option in Settings.

Is it available? If not, when do you intend to introduce?

ColinK
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It is not available at this time. I can appreciate what you are trying to do and I have no idea if TechSmith will ever add it as a feature.

Regards, Joe
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techsavvy.roshan

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After 5 years....
Is it added?
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Rick Stone

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Nope. But you can do it by using Camtasia's older brother SnagIt.
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I was thinking about buying and switching over to Camtasia, but without this feature, I'm no longer interested. I often record my screen and webcam for days or weeks, then make a time-lapse video of my work. It can take me days to convert all the screen/webcam footage over to mp4, so I can then import it into Premiere Pro CC for time-lapse, etc.

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Same issue here. I am now spending valuable time converting the AVI to MP4 for a simple 5 minute instruction in our support on Telegram where the AVI upload takes forever and MP4 works much better. But now I am spending 30 minutes converting. You would think by now Camtasia capture would export to MP4 by now. AVI? Who uses that format ever?