Disappointed with Snagit. Too laggy compared to ScreenFlow

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I upgraded to Snagit 2018 yesterday hoping TechSmith would have improved performance (which in its marketing materials I believe it did say) only to find that it's STILL laggy when doing screen recording.  I also own ScreenFlow and although it too lags a bit, Snagit lags noticeably more. 

See this comparison video.

Do you have plans to improve performance?

I am on a Mac Pro with:

3.7 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon E5
32GB of RAM and 
High Siera

Thanks
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Harvey Walls

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Luke Griffioen, Employee

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Hi,

Thanks for reporting this, I'll pass it along to the team and see what they can do. I believe that the recording improvements were mainly for Windows. On Mac, the performance improvements in 2018 were more focused on editor launch, capture switching, and image capture speed.
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Isn't comparing SnagIt to ScreenFlow a bit like comparing spiders to hedgehogs?
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Harvey Walls

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Probably but there is no reason why the performance can't be improved. I'd say "If you're going to do something do it right". 
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Harvey, 
 
It looks like snagit is just recording at a lower framerate than screenflow is.
Does it induce lag to you visually during the recording? Or is it just the finished product?

As you're probably aware, Snagit is primarily a Still frame capture and annotation tool, with Quick Video recording as a 'side feature'

Screenflow is probably better compared to Camtasia, as both are screen video recording tools.

In Camtasia, you can set the recording framerate from camtasia's preferences window.
This is not an option available in Snagit.


Higher framerates will produce smoother video, but also larger files, lower frame rates can save file space.

I would try the camtasia demo and set the recording to 30 fps and see if you like the results better.
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One major difference in video recording between Snagit and Camtasia is when the video gets rendered and combined with the audio streams. In Camtasia these streams are kept separate during recording and then combined when you render your project. Snagit does real-time rendering during the video recording. The result is higher CPU usage during recording, but no rendering step once it's completed.