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Is it normal to take over an hour to render a simple edit of an hour-long video?  I cut the front and back 5 minutes off of a webinar recording from Zoom  Meetings, and it's going to take between 60 and 80 minutes at the rate it's going.  Zoom is at 25 fps, the output was set at 30, which may add time.  Is there a default "output the same format and specs as original"?
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the render [production] time sounds OK; the time it takes depends on the video's dimensions, project complexity, etc

many of my 1920x1080 photo slide show videos are taking 3 to 5 times the project duration to render
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It does seem longer than in 8 but I have not timed it as I usually walk away and do something else when rendering. 
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most of my productions in CS9 are definitely taking noticeably longer than they did in CS8; I've timed it both ways using many different projects

I'm currently upgrading over 400 CS8 archives to CS9 and producing again; after doing over 375 so far, I can report that they've all taken longer to burn 
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Video render time really depends on a lot of factors. I've used Camtasia daily for years, and I often help other instructors with it here at the college. In my experience with I think 5 versions of Camtasia for PC and 2 versions for Mac over the years, rendering problems I've seen are pretty much always more hardware related than software related. I've personally never had a rendering issue that wasn't due to something amuck on our end. The computers with fast i7 processors, plenty of ram and video cards with plenty of dedicated memory are always the fastest and consistently most efficient . GPU is really important for video rendering, too. I don't think the minimum specs are enough if you are rendering hour long videos. I generally chunk my instructional videos into about 15 minute sections at the very most. I know can consistently render a 15 minute HD video with high quality audio (custom settings) in less than 6 minutes. I do all my video editing, save my files, and then reboot my computer before I render. I actually think that helps, too. I learned that trick about two versions ago when I was using a laptop that I was pushing to the max. That was the only way I kept it from crashing during rendering. I still do it even with my muscle computers...edit 4 or 5, reboot while I grab a soda...then render. I always work on another computer while videos render. Another old habit , but I think both can make a difference when we are working with something as resource sucking as video work.
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Many programs and processes do not properly cleanup after themselves so rebooting is an excellent idea. I do that regularly too but had not thought about doing it right before I render a video. Thanks.    
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Well, thank you all for your prompt and helpful replies!  Susanne, your tips are much appreciated - you use this tool like a full-on video production house would and I get what you're saying about overhead and resources.  I thought that hardware was a factor - a 4 year old i5 Sony laptop with 16gb of ram and an SS drive.  Very clunky by your standards. 

Frankly, I'm only going to use this to cut the front and back off of my 45 to 60 minute training webinars recorded on Zoom Meetings' platform.  I don't know if the $199 price of Camtasia is worth it for me (I'm using the trial, with watermarks right now). 

Thanks again, everyone!
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Our college has a license, but I buy my own copies of Camtasia and Snag It because I am hooked and I can't wait the time it takes them to upgrade. It's not the only video editing tool I use, not even the only screenrecording tool I use...(I also use Captivate) but it's a tool that I couldn't live without! Every version I have purchased myself has paid for itself in no time, I can say sincerely.