SAVE TO MP3 is still not available in Camtasia 9--REALLY????!!!!???

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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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lawrencejclark

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  • very unimpressed and quite frustrated

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brucerothwell

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If it is important enough, you can easily export as WAV, then open in Audacity and resave as MP3, assuming you also have downloaded the LAME encoder.
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lawrencejclark

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thanks, Bruce, but this still means extra steps and extra time (= my life) wasted.
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As I understand it there will be no option to export to MP3.  In addition to brucerothwell's comments Handbrake will also export to MP3.
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lawrencejclark

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Thanks, ExpertNovice.  I still don't understand why TechSmith is not listening to its long-time customers . . .
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Dustin Smith

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Yeah... the mp3 elimination is lame... you know that there is no constraint on continuing to use v8x ... that's what I've decided to do... most camtasia upgrades are clean and non radical... not so with v9
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lawrencejclark

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Yes, Dustin, I still have v.8 installed, so in the meantime that will work--thanks for the suggestion. I would still like to see this feature added back in, though . . .
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Me too... but all the comments seem to indicate it isn't going to happen. It's a bit crazy, blowing off the most popular of the efficient audio formats... has to be something to do with technology licensing cost... there's just no other reason to screw around like this.
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Hello there lawrencejclark,

Camtasia may not be a full-fledged video editor, but that doesn’t justify dropping mp3 support from my perspective.

Allow me to use the "A" word here.

Adobe. Practically anything you could do in the entire “Adobe Creative Suite” 10 years ago. You can still do today. Things that are outdated by today’s standards? Perhaps, but they tend to leave any and all program features in place until they are no longer in demand, or pretty much obsolete.

Here’s Premiere Pro CC 2017’s standard export menu.



I’m a Windows user that’s uninterested in ever switching to MAC or using their products? This is actually relevant to the m4a format, WHY?

M4A is pretty much about appeasing the Apple consumer. At least from everything I’ve read on the subject. Here’s an excerpt.

Advantages and Disadvantages of M4A Format

Advantages:
- M4A file is compressed while with lossless quality, which means you get smaller file with original quality.
- M4A audio can be set as iPhone Ringtone directly just by renaming the file extension from M4A to M4R.
- As the M4A audio file is not protected, so it can be easily streamed or distributed with no licenses or payments.

Disadvantages:
- Poor compatibility: developed by Apple Inc., M4A is mainly applied to iTunes, iPod and other Apple devices and can’t be widely played on many other popular devices.

 I don't use the export to mp3 feature myself.

However, I’d bet the farm that Windows users are TechSmith’s largest group of consumers and probably have been all along.

What concerns me is. What comes next?

Just my thoughts, Regards,Joe

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lawrencejclark

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Thanks for your detailed thoughts, Joe.  Yes, Techsmith's logic here does not make sense at all!

Lawrence

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