Setting a timer to automatically stop recording

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Is there anything like a timer that I can set so that a screen capture will automatically stop after a certain amount of time? For instance, I'm using Camtasia to record and caption video clips that were streamed and stored automatically online for my company. A clip might be 6:22 long. Can I set Camtasia to stop recording after 6:22? I'm using Camtasia for Mac version 1.2. If this is not possible, even in newer versions, it might be something for programmers to look into!
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Holly Butter Zuckerman

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Paul Gallimore

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Hi,

Just to say that I came looking for exactly the same feature. I am on a PC, though.
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Stephen Smith

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Recordzilla does it and only costs 29.00.  This feature has been requested multiple times over the years and TechSmith doesn't seem to care about customer needs.  There is always some seminar that is occurring when I am busy and I have to spend extra money to buy another screen recorder to do what Snagit should have done years ago.
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Carol Donvito

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Well I am jumping on Recordzilla to give it a test and see if it meets my needs.
I really cannot see what is technologically so difficult to allow a longer than 1 hr recording for a start, and secondly to set the start timer ahead of time, with a set ending.
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Mike Curtis, Employee

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Hello Paul,
On Windows, you can get creative with the Windows Scheduler. We have an article on that here: http://techsmith.custhelp.com/app/ans...

This thread talks about how to do this on the Mac: http://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmi...

Sincerely,
Mike Curtis
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Laurence Ireland

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Why not include it in the product. Lesser quality ones have it. 
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Marcel Spitz

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Hello Mike,
thank you for helping us. 
Can you check the Windows version link please. 
The page cannot be found.
Thanks
Marcel
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Chris Arter

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This did not work for me.  It would open the recorder and close it.  The record button would disappear and the stop button would appear, which would seem to indicate it was recording, However the timer would not move.  A camtasia project file would show up in my folder, but  when opened it was not really a video. It would just be a black screen maybe a few milliseconds long.
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Maciej T

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Seriously? You want users to get "creative" instead of providing that simple feature? Like we all have a lot of time to mess around, to substitute for Techsmith's laziness...
That's not pathetic, actually, that's plain arrogant.
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Matthew Hampson

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HI, Is it possible to set a timer on the recording to start at a certain time and fininsh at a certain time. Say record my screen from 22.00 to 01.00?

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Is it possible to set a timer on a recording I.e. to start and stop at a certain time?.
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Vernon

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To just stop recording after xxx seconds, instead of using Windows Scheduler, you can run this simple batch:

"C:\Program Files (x86)\TechSmith\Camtasia Studio n\CamRecorder.exe" /record
timeout /t s /NOBREAK
"C:\Program Files (x86)\TechSmith\Camtasia Studio n\CamRecorder.exe" /stop

where n is the Camtasia version and s is the number of seconds to wait.

Enjoy!!!
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Alice Keeler

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I want to see a timer on the screen (optionally) that does not actually end up in the final recording. Would be nice if I could set it to turn yellow at a certain time and then red at my max time. 
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noamangel

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automatic stop recording after x hours and x minutes..
save file as .bat and have fun

@echo off
set /p time_h="Enter Recording timeout(H): "
set /p time_m="Enter Recording timeout(M): "
set /a result_h = %time_h% * 60 * 60
set /a result_m = %time_m% * 60
echo %result_h%
echo %result_m%
set /a time = %result_m% + %result_h% 
echo %time%
timeout /t 5 /nobreak
start "" "C:\Program Files (x86)\TechSmith\Camtasia Studio 8\CamRecorder.exe" /record
timeout /t %time% /nobreak
start "" "C:\Program Files (x86)\TechSmith\Camtasia Studio 8\CamRecorder.exe" /stop
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Jeffrey Nielson

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this worked great, thanks so much, I'm surprised Techsmith doesn't add this to the UI...it's so simple, would be nicer if it was in the recording control menu and even better if you could set a time to start it. still very much appreciated. I'm on the latest version Camtasia 8.4.4 (at this time of course)
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Laurence Ireland

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The above fix would be great if you new what to do with the directions. I agree with Jeffrey. Such a much desired and basic function not being a feature of this great product (it's available in lesser ones) is a frustrating let down by the Camtasia team. Please include it asap.
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Very useful,
Thank you!
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Josh McCann

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I got tired of editing a .bat file. So I created this little executable. What it does is it creates a file called cam_timer.bat in the same directory you save the executable, and then runs the .bat file.

Couple of things to note:
1. You need to at least have camtasia recorder open for it to work.
2. It only works for camtasia 8
3. It has only been tested on Windows 7. (runs on .net framework/will NOT work on Mac)
4. I know some people are hesitant about downloading executables so I uploaded to virus total; here are the results:
https://www.virustotal.com/en/file/94d349d7af0db9a9a53e0987d469567bd67fb9c7a5a9418355a2af7f98bac79a/...

DOWNLOAD LINK:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/inodalo226sa2yx/cam_timer.exe?dl=0
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Josh,  I really like the thought.  Could you by any chance modify this routine so that one supplies a start time as well as a duration?  That would be great and much more user friendly.

Thanks,
Mark
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FYI, I just rechecked with VirusTotal and it found malware... http://bit.ly/1OPq0rJ

PE:Malware.RDM.41!5.2F[F1]
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mchapman1

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Josh,  I really like the thought.  Could you by any chance modify this routine so that one supplies a start time as well as a duration?  That would be great and much more user friendly.
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Did this ever get implemented? I ended up using ScreenFlow 6 which does have a timer function (buried on a second panel in the recording setup) that lets you specify minutes and seconds before ending video capture.

If Camtasia did add this let me know and I'll upgrade. Thanks!
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lchen

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Method described in this article works.

https://support.techsmith.com/hc/en-us/articles/203728768-Camtasia-Windows-Schedule-a-recording-to-a...I really just needed a way to stop the recording after a set time, so creating a simple batch file to stop the recording for Task Scheduler to execute after a set time is all that's needed.

Hope this encourages someone with the need to give it a try.
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Maciej T

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Wow, such an expensive software, supposed to be the best in its class and it does not have such a simple feature like recording time preset... Movavi has that, PowerDirector has that, other have that. But, Camtasia does not... This is pathetic. 
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pvanloon

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I agree, this should be standard in this piece of software. Bought the software myself and found it normal this feature would be in it, but was surprised to see it missing... Now looking for alternatives.
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As you search for alternatives, it may be a good thing to keep in mind that alternatives (as well as the fabulous Camtasia) tend to offer a free trial that allows you to discover what features are present and will work for you.

That way, you don't have to buy the software then later discover what you assumed would be there is missing.