I'd like to switch between full-screen recording and speaker video recording while recording

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Is it possible to switch between full-screen recording and speaker video recording _while_ recording?

That is instead of recording both, and then add transitions at key frames manually editing the video afterwards?

Ideally, the switch should happen by pressing a hot key, and the kind of transition effect for switching should be configurable.
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Tobias Oberstein

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John S. Richards

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That is an interesting question.

Current best practice is to record both at the same time, then decide later, during post production, what segment elements you want to keep, and how you want to edit and blend a PIP video track into, and out of, your final screencast production.

It may be that what you want to do may not be possible for smooth recording results. Consider that during your proposed change over moment, that one element has to pause or stop, while another has to start. I can easily imagine that during such a proposed change over event point, as software elements ramp up and down, that some frames might be dropped, and this could result in an inconsistent visual recording.

Hope my comments help.
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Hi, John's right that this all has to be done during the editing phase currently.
I'll change this to a feature request though. This way the team can better track it. Are you by chance recording some live presentations? We'd love to understand more about the problem you're trying to solve.

Thanks for posting!
Mike Curtis
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Is the feature mentioned currently available ?
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Joe Morgan

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No, nothing has changed.
You still need to do everything from the editor.

Oddly enough.SnagIt has this feature, without transitions when you switch from webcam screen mode.
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Thanks John, Mike,

yes, it's a live recording scenario .. and I'd like to minimize the work that needs to be done after the presentation. Doing the edits after recording both screen and speaker works of course, but involves manually editing .. takes time.

Regarding the frame drops that might occur when doing switchover between screen recording and the Webcam video alreay during recording:

It would be sufficient when Camtasia recorded both screen and Webcam plus just markers (timepoints), and then have a single function in Camtasia which does the switchover at those prerecorder markers.

Ideally, I could insert markers by just a hot key/button, and also define a transition duration/effect which gets applied. Like: switch over at marker between screen and Webcam recorded, do that within 1.5s, use a blend-over (alpha) effect.
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Any updates on this, since this was four years ago? If not, how do you record a video of yourself + a screencast at the same time? I'm new to all this! Thanks, Carolyn.
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do you have a PC with a web cam?

if so, set Camtasia Recorder to capture the screen and the camera

have you had a chance to watch the Camtasia video tutorials on the TechSmith web site?
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Thanks for your reply. I have a Mac with a built-in webcam. I just watched one Camtasia video. Looks like I have a lot to learn!