Recording in increments

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Is there an option to record in increments?  Say you have a 2hr record, can you setup Camtasia to auto save the recording into 30min segments before final processing?  
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Hi there

Unfortunately there isn't any option I'm aware of to do that. 

I suppose you might use something like Macro Express to create a macro that would stop the recording and save it in those intervals, but you would also likely miss bits of whatever you were recording while those processes were occurring.

Cheers... Rick :)
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if you need to make a 2 hour contiguous recording, then do so; afterwards, with that recording on the timeline, mark it off into 30 minute segments, and add them to the Library; work on each segment as its own project for final processing
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Unfortunately the project is not a 2hr project...its a 12hr project I was hoping to cut into 30min-1hr segments and then save at another location because well....12hr of video is ridiculous and my engineers that need to record a 12hr test think hard drive space grows on trees....and its spring time...so hard drive space should be in abundance right now...right?! 
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well, I wouldn't try and record 12 hours straight

best to do manual segment recordings and maybe live with the short missed sections?

of course, you could use CS8 and CS9 Recorders to capture changeover when stopping with one and starting with another
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Sooo, I'm wondering if SnagIt may be your best answer on this? Does it all need to be video?

I ask, because SnagIt allows you to create a preset that would capture and save an image at an interval you define. So one might configure it to capture perhaps every 10 seconds or maybe longer and just end up with many captures.

Or, another thought is to tell Camtasia to use a really low frame rate. I might think that would kind of accomplish the same thing as the SnagIt, but end up with an editable video when you are done.

Sounds like an interesting requirement!

Cheers... Rick :)
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the suggestion to capture at a low frame rate got my attention

so I did a little testing; captured a typical narrated software tutorial where FR was set to 1 FPS

captured trec file size was, as expected, very small

but audio was still excellent

what surprised me was that cursor movements were totally smooth [should have expected as cursor is captured in separate track anyway]

after editing, resulting MP4 production looked very much like a normal tutorial captured at 30 FPS

what did surprise me was that auto generated keystroke callouts were more complete, and with no F9, F10 [from Recorder actions] artifact keys that normally have to be deleted

if tutorial type work capture size is an issue, might be worth playing with very low frame rate captures
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If it were me I would record the 12 hour segment.

If that's what they want, why should you get bent out of shape over it?


 Camtasia is perfectly capable of recording for 12 hours straight.As long as you have the disk space.

If they want a 12 hour test, I say test away. Let them buy you a Bigger Badder Computer while their at it.

Regards,Joe
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As long as you don't pause it for any length of time. I found out the hard way that if you do that the system audio and video will tend to drift out of sync. I had noticed this kind of issue before with the audio and video tracks differing very slightly in length, but when I paused for probably 10 minutes or so this afternoon... yes, the "de synching" became more than a little obvious. I think I'll stick with shorter clips to be safe...
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My larger point which I  failed to make.
 If this is a work computer, a work mandated task.
 Unless you outrank the IT department or whoever told you to make the recording, you do  your job as per instructions.

Feel free to make suggestions.
However, its your place to run the test, don't change the parameters of the test.

 Maybe the IT guys don't know what their after? Maybe they will learn something from their test?
12 hours of video will occupy equal amounts of  HD space regardless of how it's recorded . Sliced, diced, or julienne.  
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So I am the IT guy needing to make the recording for my engineers that need to study the automation processes of a manufacturing machine.  They need to record 12hr of this machine running and want to then watch the playback at 2x or 4x (maybe faster) looking for anomalies or errors that might occur.

I have a good estimate on how much storage space will be needed and what type of computer would be needed to processes this much footage, but doing it all in a single video capture would not be as reliable as if I could break it up into segments with the hardware that I currently have available.

I believe my engineering team is now looking for an alternative way to capture the data they are looking for without having to purchase me a new computer or storage solution.  
Thanks for everyone advice and brainstorming.

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curious ... but can you "watch" the machine on 2 different systems at the same time?

if so, could you start a capture one one system, then after a safe period of time, like 1 hour, start capturing on the 2nd system; then end the 1st capture, save; after another hour, start another on the 1st and stop the 2nd capture on 2nd system and save; and so on ???
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mouse51180,

Do you have a computer with a NVidia GeForce  graphics card by any chance?
 Shadow play is a program that runs on most of them. NVidia GeForce Experience  to be exact.

It records the screen, game play, etc. You control the quality settings. Bit rate 10 to 50 mbps , Frame rate 30 or 60 fps. Plus it's a free recorder.

It also records on the fly. You start and stop recording with a keyboard short cut.

I was playing around. I can stop and save a recording. Plus, Start a new one in about 1⁄2 a second.1 second tops.

I watched the files being created in the save folder. Technically, you could do a quick save and start. Miss next to nothing. For what your doing, it sound like it wouldn't matter.  At 10mbps the video looks pretty darn sharp as well.

The graphics card does all the recording. No strain on the CPU, you can actually keep using the computer as if it isn't even recording.If you have another monitor.
The graphics card is pretty well tied up for other functions. But the CPU is ready to go.

I'm adding a screen shot showing the cards that are supported. System requirements. If your computer doesn't have one your out of luck.
However, down the road someone else might see this thread. Shadow play has been available for 3 or 4 years now. So it's known to a lot of people.

No frills, just a decent recorder.Geared for gamers and streaming  Head to Head video game play.

Regards,Joe

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