Takes forever to render project

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Camtasia 2018 is taking forever to render a 10 minutes video. Am i trying to create a video incorrectly? To render a 20 minutes video, camtasia took 45 minutes.. What am I doing wrong?
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Well, first of all, what are the specs of your PC? Does it meet the system requirements of Camtasia?

System requirements are: Microsoft Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10 (Required: 64 Bit versions only). (Recommended: Windows 10)
  • 2.0 GHz CPU with dual-core processor minimum (Recommended: 2.8 Ghz 6th Generation Intel® CoreTM i5 Processor with 4 CPU Cores or better or equivalent or better AMD processor)
  • Integrated graphics is acceptable however 4K and/or 60 FPS media will perform best with discrete graphics cards
  • 4 GB RAM minimum (Recommended: 16 GB or more)
  • 2 GB of hard-disk space for program installation
  • Display dimensions of 1024x768 or greater
  • Microsoft .NET 4.6.0 or later version (included)
  • Dedicated Windows-compatible sound card, microphone, and speakers (Recommended)
  • Windows N requires the MediaFeature Pack for Windows N
If your system barely meets the minimum, that's very likely the reason why is takes so long to render.

Also, make sure you have your project and all it's files on your local storage and not in a network file system. That can (but doesn't always) lead to very long rendering times, too.

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Hi SB,

Your frustrations have been echoed many times here as of late. I also find the Camtasia 2018 beta version to be very slow despite greatly exceeding the minimum system specs given. Even a simple 5 minute screen capture video often takes 15 minutes or more to render. And this doesn't include the multiple times the software crashes and has to be reopened and the project rendering restarted! !@#$%^&

The previous version worked much faster and did NOT crash. I wish the bugs were worked out of a beta version before it is released. As it stands Camtasia 2018 is a beta version with several bugs.
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I believe my PC at least meets the above posted requirements
and it still took 3 1/2 hours to render a 64 minute video???  

During which time it's not possible to do anything else, either ;(
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if it were possible to schedule them, i'd do the rendering while i sleep
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have you tried doing batch productions late in the evening?
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Has anyone said at what resolution and at what frame rate the slow renders occuring at?
Here's a web site that can help you predict how well your PC can do: https://www.userbenchmark.com/
It's about a 4 minute test and pay particular attention to using your computer in "gaming" as that is a great predictor of how well it can do rendering.
For example, rendering a HD video at 60 fps should take teice as long as HD at 30 fps and 4-1/2 times as long as doing 1280x720 @ 30 fps.
So my recommendation would be to produce and time a 5 min, 1280 x 720 @30 fps video. HD @ 30 will take about 2-1/4 times as long and 4K, 9 times as long. Its all relative to the speed of your computer CPU, RAM & Video. You should also open your "resource monitor" (Task Manager, Performance tab, bottom left, open resource manager which takes very close to zero resources itself). You can open many instances of it to track bottle necks no matter where they exist. I monitor my A:\ Ramdrive, C:\ boot drive, D:\ data drive, CPU and memory.

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I should also add that, rendering is fastest at the highest quality, counter-intuitive but true. Larger file, but less time compressing it.