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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#1 - If you have the recommended 16GB, 4 to 10GB is best used as a RAMDisk. I have an older 4th gen intel chip DDR3, and place all my Camtasia files on the RAMDisk, and render to it, because "it" moves data around at 33,600 MBytes/sec or 33 GB/sec, about 100 times faster than SSDs.  If you have a 6th gen chip and DDR4, you should see 42+ GB/sec.  See: http://www.radeonramdisk.com/software_downloads.php
Why spend $10 USD for up to 4GB? It gets you "dynamic load and save" of your RamDisk's content to an image file. Very important if you're as forgetful as me in manually saving it.

#2 - Have you opened up windows' performance monitor while rendering?. Setting it up is NOT a cake walk, but there's a great video on youtube, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTu7OIkrMfY
If you set up PM for all drives, memory* and all CPU cores, memory usage stats may lead you to a correctly sized RAMDisk for the way you use your computer.