TechSmith's Camtasia Future Roadmap

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Hello,

It has been a while since we updated this community on the TechSmith roadmap/plan for Camtasia so we would like to do that today.

As you know, since the release of Camtasia Studio 8 and Camtasia for Mac 2 we have delivered dozens of incremental releases adding features, functionality, and performance enhancements. One of these releases incorporated a cross platform recording file providing the first step in our move toward a unified experience between Camtasia on Windows and Mac.
 
While we had some teams working on those incremental releases, our attention has been on the full time development of the next major version of Camtasia on both the Windows and Mac platforms.
 
Overall, the next major release is focused on three main areas – parity across platforms, collaboration, and performance. For the first time, the experience on Mac and Windows will be the same including a unified interface, substantial parity among features, and cross platform project compatibility.

This means you will now be able to share recording and project files across platforms to better collaborate with others on your team, in your larger office environment, or if you simply work on both operating systems.
 
Cross platform support includes:
  •     New unified interface
  •     Substantial feature parity (including quizzing, voice narration, editing toolbar)
  •      Workflow parity (Including grouping)
  •     Improved cross platform recording file
  •     Cross platform project files

Performance enhancements include:
  •     64 bit
  •     4k – Ultra HD production and enhanced hardware encoding and decoding
  •     Enhanced effects capabilities, including improved cursor animations
  •     Enhanced voice narration capabilities
  •     New, updated stock library content
  •     New callouts with improved text editing to resize & fit large fonts
  •     Improved timeline performance
  •     Ability to record the screen for longer periods of time
  •     Ability to edit multiple, large screen recording video files
  •     Up to a 50% reduction in rendering time of your final video over our current versions

At this time, we are running a closed beta test that will wrap up in November. From there, we will incorporate the beta feedback, make adjustments and changes until we get things right.
 
There will be more to share in the near future, but we wanted to let you know of our continued commitment to delivering the easiest content creation tool for screen recording and video editing.

Kelly
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Sounds interesting! Thanks so much for the update!
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Awesome Kelly! look forward to the update!
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Thanks Kelly for the update. This is good.
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Very exciting Kelly! Thanks
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Thanks for the update - some of those new enhancements are exactly what I'm looking for! Let me know if you have a beta testing program and if so, how to become involved. Thanks, Stephanie.
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Stoked about the faster rendering time!
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Kelly thanks for taking the time to post this information on the new Camtasia Studio 9 and it will be great to have the 64 Bit and faster rendering.  This is great information and great news to hear and it will be great when it is released to see what kind of user feedback it gets.
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Good comments.

Also I suggest that Camtasia support the m4a files for both Camtasia and Snagit. And also to be able to use anime character as features. Actually there is not enough animation and transition in Camtasia.

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thank you
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I think that will be great, thank you.
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Cross platform project files - nice! My very first Camtasia project will be shown here in 51 hours or so: http://event.projectvirtualconference.com/A015/ - shows how a complete nuwb can do something nice with this tool. Camtasia was recommended by the conference organizers, so I suspect everyone is using it there. Thx! Ps. So I am using the trial now, should I wait until the next version is out before purchase, or with there be a free upgrade for those that purchase in November? 
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Hi, this is a great question! I don't work on the sales end of things, but here is the official TechSmith policy on upgrades, maintenance, etc.
https://www.techsmith.com/camtasia-upgrade-policy.html

I personally feel if you are using the Camtasia trial version now, and it allows you to create the great content you need, why wait? Buy now and start making videos! ;-}

And, while we don't have an exact date for the release, it will not be this year. And, I don't think the release will be out in January or February of 2016. However, that is as far out as I can speculate right now.  We are focused on getting things right over setting a date.

I hope this helps a bit.
Kelly
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Jiggy, I wouldn't expect a free upgrade at this point. But financially you still might be better off buying now and then upgrading.

ONE WORD OF CAUTION:
DO NOT BUY FROM THE MAC APP STORE.

The app store does not allow upgrades.
If you buy from Techsmith, they can and will offer upgrade pricing to you as a direct customer.

When I upgraded from v1 to v2, the upgrade cost was a reasonable $49

Note that the current PC version is $299, mac is $99.
Once the feature set reaches equilibrium, I would not be surprised to see the mac price increase.

If we assume the new one sells for say $199, and has a $99 upgrade price, you can buy the current one now, then the upgrade next year and you're not out any money.
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I really like Camtasia and am looking forward to the new release and all of the new features. In particular,  I hope the quizzing will allow users to be told why they got an answer wrong, or to be directed back to review information where necessary. This is an essential part of any quality training and education products. Fingers crossed

Paul
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there is a way now to do what you want  re quizzes and reviewing information

perhaps watch one of the videos [1 thru 26] in this collection; each has a quiz, and viewers are offered a way to review missed questions ...

Example Videos With Quizzes And Review Options
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"4k – Ultra HD production and enhanced hardware encoding and decoding" Does that include 60 fps support?
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Carl Adelroth

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I was wondering the same
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I look forward to seeing what the "enhanced voice narration capabilities" are.I always felt this has been a weak point in Camtasia. Particularly if you're adding voice-overs afterwards.The fact that after every recording a file dialogue pops up and you need to save it is very inconvenient. I feel you should be able to set the file path for the project you're working on beforehand and then just record to that path with the option to save or delete that particular recording.
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As an MP4 is simply a video and videos can have no interactivity, what would having the TOC displayed in the MP4 accomplish? If the goal is just to give an indication of upcoming content, you could easily insert an image of a TOC and show that in the MP4.
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Rick ... something I am doing with my customers is placing videos with TOC in a PDF.
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Thanks for the feedback, Neal. Can you expound a bit on exactly how you are managing that? Sounds interesting and could help others.
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Neal B

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Sorry Rick ... that would be helloful ... it within InDesign from Adobe. It allows for creating a pdf with links within the doc. 
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Any chance that we can search on captions to move quicker through a script
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Wow...totally looking forward to what sounds like a significant Camtasia for Mac update! 
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I'm especially excited about 64-bit support. When you mention "faster rendering", does that mean there'll there be multi-core rendering support? Or is it more like algorithm improvements will make rendering faster?

We've had computers with big memory allocations and lots of cores for many years now. In fact, so long that I'd been considering moving to another video editing platform with support for things like 64-bit memory and multi-threaded operations. 

Now you've convinced me to wait at least until v9 ships. Thanks!

-Kevin
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In the 90s, we measured RAM in Megabytes (MB). In the 2000s, we measure them in Gigabytes (GB). :) Just giving you a hard time mate, hahaha.

Cheers,
Trevor Sullivan
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What the...LOL...no wonder! my bad...I meant 32 GB!! I think I DESERVE the hard time for that one. Don't know what I was thinking but apparently I wasn't! I need more sleep. :) Thanks for that! Cheers!

Arvind
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To my very weak defense, there isn't a SINGLE PC machine that uses 32MB ram modules today. (except in a museum ...which my brother could easily donate his Amiga 3000 and 386 machine that exist at my parents)
Anyway..thanks for the catch...and making me laugh at myself.
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Of course. :) It was clear that it wasn't catching on, so I figured I had to say something. Haha, cheers mate.

Cheers,
Trevor Sullivan
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LOL!! Cheers Trevor! I think I need more sleep.
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This is awesome news...thanks for sharing.
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Thanks Kelly, good to see such a post. To summarise my own responses:

What I don't care even remotely about: Cross platform anything. (Especially when for Windows users the first venture into cross-platform (the change to TREC format in 8.4) meant "audio options ceasing to be available".) It's good for those who need it, though.

What I really, really like the sound of: 64 bit. I fully expect that this will be one of the causes of "Up to a 50% reduction in rendering time of your final video over our current versions".

What I'm very pleased to see: 4K ultra HD. I don't plan to use it in the short term, but it's wise to look ahead.

What I like the sound of but would like more details of: "New callouts with improved text editing to resize & fit large fonts" and pleeeeaaasse let this be the ability to set them to EXACT PIXEL SIZE and not that annoying "scale" thing that is unreliable, especially with shared libraries.

What I also like the sound of: "Improved timeline performance" and pllllleeeeaaaase let that include the ability to set audio points to an exact numeric value rather than the click and drag shuffle that we have to do now.

What I'm going to be most interested to see: "Enhanced voice narration capabilities". As someone who regularly mixes Powerpoint, screen recording and voice narration I'd be just happy for an easy method of getting the recording levels constant across all three.

What I'm disappointed not to see: an automation language or even an API that would allow you to automate the creation of animations, transitions and such like.

But regardless, I shall certainly be there with cash in hand when it comes out.

And if you're ever short of beta testers I'm pretty sure you need only ask and there will be plenty running.
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What about 60 fps?
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This is a request that  I am not sure everyone would accept but if you could keep batch production in the PC and add it to the Mac.
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Out of curiosity, why would that not be to everyone's taste? I don't use it myself but I can't imagine anyone bothered by that feature being in both versions, or am I missing something?
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I agree. Just wanted to make sure it was a common need vs. a "I want".  Thanks for the confirmation.
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ASIO driver support?
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Unfortunately, no, I'm very sorry!
Kelly
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Is the "Unfortunately, no" in response the the ASIO question or something else?
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That comment was intended for the ASIO driver support question.
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Try ASIO Link Pro to send WDM audio to ASIO and vice versa.

It is available here http://odeus-audio.com.au/Odeus/AsioLinkPro
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Multi-Core rendering. Camtasia uses 9% of my XEON and that's just crazy. Many people need this and suspect you would get new customers from it.
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Philip, IS this still the case with the current version? How many cores does it use? I have a quad core laptop and use istat menus and can confirm Camtasia uses more than one core while rendering. 
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6 core laptop,  Intel Core i7 4930K 64 gigas RAM 20% max... very slow and graphic card...
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Thank God for 64 BIT. Finally we can stop stuffing programs that are so intensive into 3 and a half gig.
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@Techsmith, instead of thinking on these outstanding improvements, please begin by fixing up the System Audio Component distortion issues ASAP. You have more than 2800 opened topics regarding "audio distortion" in your Community forums. Regards.
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Hey @Pablo, I hadn't realized that many people use system audio! I do mostly screen recordings with the mic, but I've used system audio in the past and it worked fine. It this still an issue for you? I wonder if SoundSiphon or the forthcoming http://rogueamoeba.com/loopback/ app would be a good alternative?
For that matter, it would be a bit more work, but Audio Hijack Pro could also record system sound.
I agree if you're having issues, it would be great if Techsmith could address those, but it's also good to have some options too.
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Hi @Jack, thank you for your help. Have you made the search for "audio distortion" at https://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith/topics/search/show? You ́ll find 2.813 topics at this time. I have already contacted support addressing this issue like many others. I have also recommended TechSmith the use of the Sound Siphon API instead the lack of System Audio Component, if the don ́t want to redesign the Camtasia ́s  audio interface, which I think is the worst for managing audio. I ́m an professional audio teacher, I guess you know applications like Ableton Live, Logic, Pro Tools, Traktor, Cubase, FL Studio, etc. If you need to do a tutorial with one of these, you ́ll need to record System Audio. Regards.
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Yeah that would make sense - I always assumed the screencap vendors all used soundflower, which is pretty much dead now.

of those 2813 topics, is that all mac? Is it even possible on Windows?
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They all are both Windows and Mac.
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Any chance I could get into the 64bit beta?
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Hey Kelly, is it safe to say nobody should buy Camtasia right now to wait for the major update to be released then?
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Sergio, I wouldn't expect a free upgrade at this point. But financially you still might be better off buying now and then upgrading.

ONE WORD OF CAUTION:
DO NOT BUY FROM THE MAC APP STORE.

The app store does not allow upgrades.
If you buy from Techsmith, they can and will offer upgrade pricing to you as a direct customer.

When I upgraded from v1 to v2, the upgrade cost was a reasonable $49

Note that the current PC version is $299, mac is $99.
Once the feature set reaches equilibrium, I would not be surprised to see the mac price increase.

If we assume the new one sells for say $199, and has a $99 upgrade price, you can buy the current one now, then the upgrade next year and you're not out any money.

The update sounds like it's slated for 'mid 2016'

If you need screen recording before then, I don't think you'll regret buying Camtasia now.
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What's up with the cheap Mac price and the expensive PC price?
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The MAC version is not a fully function so they offer it for less. IMHO it is still a great product but the Windows version is much more developed because it's been around a lot longer.

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Is it a 3 times more developed, like the price would suggest?
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The windows version has many more transitions and special effects. Not cheesy ones, but very useful professional ones that I miss in the Mac version. See the official comparison here: 

https://www.techsmith.com/camtasia-pc-mac-comparison.html

Fortunately, the Mac version is extremely stable and creates high-quality output, at least rthe downrev version that I use (2.8.3).
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Faster rendering tells me they may finally be leveraging the use of GPU availability. GPUs on most computers today have way more available bandwidth than the main CPU, especially when it comes to the types of transforms needed for rendering images.
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Could be, I think they do that in final cut!
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I have a tech question for the Camtasia / video geeks who may be here. Is it possible to have variable key-frame settings in the video files? The reason I'm asking is that if you're using Camtasia for what most folks seems to use it for, which is recording presentations created with something like PowerPoint, then you really don't need a full video rendering. You'd simply need to record a key-frame each time the slide changed and something on the slide changed. This would reduce the size of the rendered videos by a HUGE amount! Just a suggestion...
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Please, TechSmith, add to your concern the habits and user style guides of the different operating systems.

I'm using Windows for several decades now. And I'm used to particular keyboard shortcuts over these years.

I don't care about any keyboard shortcuts that have evolved over the years on a Mac machine. I want to stick with the keyboard shortcuts and behaviour I'm acquainted with and which are provided by any other software running on my machine.

So, please, given all the Pros of unification - keep the UI separated and platform aware.
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I have to switch between (though I'm mostly on Mac, thankfully). I'd prefer an integrated interface. 
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You are really stating November 2016?!
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The original post is from last year, so that should be November 2015.

But now, 5 months later we should see it.
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> The original post is from last year, so that should be November 2015.

No; take another look at the post. The post was made in October 2015. November 2015 was when the closed beta tests were supposed to have ended.  In a post on page 3 of this thread (dated February 8 2016) Kelly Mullins stated:

We do not have a release date set at this time. We are working hard to get everything right versus focusing on a release date.
My very general statement would simply be "before the end of the year".

This, people have started to assume means "near the end of this year" and somehow November has become a particular favourite, even though there has been no explicit statement from anyone at Techsmith nominating that month.

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