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
Customer Engagement
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Posted 4 years ago

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benoist

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Is 4k screen record on road map ?
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Joe Morgan

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Yes it is.
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
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Perfect Thanks.
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Thanks, it sure looks like there very cool features ahead ! any idea of when is it going to be available ?  
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Hello Nadav,
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".

Kelly
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Thanks Kelly :)
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Daniel Hoffpauir

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I hate to read too much into it, but does that imply a Q4 release is likely?
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ms

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Wow! I guess yet another year makes no difference.  Hopefully, it will be ready in time for the Xmas 2016 spending rush.
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Glad you are working on "cross platform project compatibility" because this is the only thing I hate about Techsmith products. As a 10-year user of Camtasia and Snagit, I have often been stymied by this lack of Mac/Windows file and GUI compatibility. Your product is at a significant disadvantage vs. the competition on this...Premiere Pro, Captivate...each of which I move to when working with people on other platforms. And of course I would never use the Mac product for real professional work.
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Hmmm, I use Captivate and Camtasia. But I don't view them as being remotely in the same category of tool. Sure, they are similar, but if possible, I always advise folks that you want both in your toolkit. As for Premiere Pro, sure, it's similar to Camtasia but again, totally different tool.
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Rick...I agree they are different...but for 5+ years I have used Captivate, Camtasia, and Snagit daily to produce video and graphics, often putting Cp output into Camtasia, and Camtasia output into Cp, and Snagit input into both. So they are quite complementary, the balance of usage is dependent upon how much interactively is needed and where they will reside.
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Sharyn

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Hi Kelly
If we have purchased V8, do we need to pay for V9?
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Recep Baltaş

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You probably will. But an upgrade fee rather than full price.
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Mal Reynolds

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Take a look at the reply to Jiggy Gaton's post, a few posts down on the front page. This subject was discussed there.
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Recep Baltaş

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Any update on the release date?
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admin

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So, i was going to buy Camtasia and then i realized that we need to wait for 1 year to see these features (Cmon!) and pay a ridiculous amount of money for upgrade. Buying price and upgrading prices are almost same!
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I was mentioning the educational price vs upgrade price but i just figured out that there is an option for educational upgrade price. Still, 1 year is too long. Other softwares already moved on to these features..
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Purchase $349, upgrade $149
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Nobody said exactly one year; its software time and only approximate. Every program out there has aside rent feature set and timetable to deliver them. It has to be tested before delivery to avoid problems. We don't know precisely how long it takes.
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Purchase price Windows 299.99

Enjoy the day

 Ginger

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Hi Kelly, I've been reading through all the comments and didn't notice anything on the ability of the new Camtasia release being able to handle GIF's. Currently, when you import GIF's they're imported as a regular image instead of the actual animation. It would be awesome for this feature to be incorporated in the next release!
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Was this road map really changed? It says it was updated recently, but it seems the same from 4 months ago.

How about a "real" update including the confirmed new features and the delivery date?

At the rate TechSmith is moving on a new release, let me ask another question. If we don't live long enough to see Camtasia 9, can our children or grandchildren use our registration number to upgrade?  We've been unable to benefit from a major upgrade for years now, but maybe you'll release it for a future generation. I mean, I've had a child born, grow and enter preschool since Camtasia 8 first became available.
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Thanks!  I love Camtasia (and always will) but I'm going to look into C yberlink Powerdirector now.
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I hate to talk about other brands on the TechSmith site, but their letdown sent me to try many other products including Cyberlink PowerDirector 13. Version 14 is now my tool of choice. 

I will continue to update Camtasia (been a user since 3.0)  when they have something new and improved to buy, but I'm very happy with the price and flexibility of PD14.
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well ... just maybe... it may light a fire? ... hmmm competition can be at times ... healthy. In fact ... what's wrong with stating things that we like in other apps. 

Mai ... I really agree with you. It's been a frustration to me that they haven't looked into features that I think are obvious. For instance ... designing our own callouts ... This may be what they consider a consumable that 2nd party companies (or Techsmith) can make money on. Kayakman has  a method but this should be something that we should be able to do ... that is just one example. The 64-bit thing is another no brainer.

By the way ... the breaking down the video for me was actually helpful to keep me organized (trust me). 

I think all of us really like Camtasia (and Studio) but  they need to take the best of both worlds (Mac and PC versions), make them cross platformed, use the 64-bit, look at the best of the other competitors ... and make it work well.  Is that asking too much? :-)
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I don't know anything about the internal teams at Techsmith, but I can say the mac version has been pretty great over the past few years. Still on version 2, but we've seen regular free point releases the whole time. The product is pretty stable. It almost sounds like this isn't the case on the windows side, which would be interesting since the windows version has more features.

Just speculation, but I wonder if they are gutting the PC product and basically doing a whole re-write of the editing engine?

We know they are shooting for cross platform. 

That might explain some of the perceived lack of progress on the windows side - it wouldn't make sense to add features like custom callouts if the whole system that handles that needs a re-write for 64 bit and cross platform compatibility.
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Gah! "Get Satisfaction" seems misnamed if you can lose an entire reply by just expanding the earlier posts. But that's an aside.

I should be clear that my mention of PowerDirector was in no way an endorsement. It looks good on paper, but we know that some products can disappoint once they hit your monitor. I have no hands on experience with it. I mentioned it in the same way that I mentioned Captivate; products don't exist in a vacuum and the existence and features of competitors are relevant to the workflow choices that we make and probably the responses that TechSmith will need to make to keep up. (And since Adobe has gotten itself back into the mindset of "We never met a dollar in your pocket that we didn't like (and want)", I'm never likely to recommend Captivate at its current obscene price either.)

Admittedly I may, possibly, need to try out PowerDirector at some point if V9 drags on and on and on. I have to ramp up my production in the next few months and frankly the... shall we say, "relaxed"... rendering speed of Camtasia is going to become an issue. But I absolutely do not want to leave a company whose products I know for one whose products  I don't.

Jack's speculation is not only interesting but possible. I should mention though that I wouldn't regard the Windows version as being unstable. Clearly there are some people (Neal being one example, but not the only one) who have issues with it (though Neal seems quite happy with his workaround, which is all to the good). But if it was an issue with the product itself I'd expect that everyone would. I regard my own instance (Win 7 Pro x64) as being very stable, though I generally use it on a 32 gig box so even though it can't use that memory itself, other programs don't interfere with it either. The problem on the Windows side isn't stability, it's signs of senescence., if you'll pardon the alliteration.
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Could I beta test? I've been a user for a while and REALLY NEED the 64-bit update!
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If we don't live long enough to see Camtasia 9, can our children or grandchildren use our registration number to upgrade?
LOL! Please hurry up and release it! I don't have any children to pass my registration number down to... maybe by the time it is released we will all be too busy to use it playing with our flying cars and time travel machines :)
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I wonder WHEN Camtasia Studio 9 for Windows 10 finally will be available?
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I thought it had already been stated earlier in this thread that it would not be available until the end of the year.
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See at the start of the thread: "My very general statement would simply be "before the end of the year". - Next week is also before the end of the year....

Ok, I know what you think... please hurry up with the dev - Studio 8 works kind of but looks and often behaves like a grandma...
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Wow...totally looking forward to what sounds like a significant Camtasia for Mac update! 
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Man...hoping this comes out soon.  having camtasia crash every 5 minutes because of memory issues really sucks.  if it's still a long ways away, can we get an incremental update before then to offer the 64 bit support.  this is pretty much standard for editing software.
i love camtasia but once the video gets beyond about 10-15 minutes long, I have significant crashing issues.
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Prem Mukherjee,

Camtasia Studio (windows) has had capacity problems forever. Fortunately, they wrote the Mac version from scratch and it did not inherit those issues.

Back when I was using the Windows version, after many conversations with Tech support, we realized that the first signs of instability usually cropped up when project file reached about 1MB, or the timeline reached 100 clips/items (approximate numbers, older version of Studio). So we developed this workflow:
  1. Divide projects into Chapters with sizes under those limits above. This is easy, and in longer projects it's often good to insert a chapter title screen or at least a chapter title superimposed in a lower third, to help viewers understand where they are in the video.
  2. Render each chapter at full size and high quality, then combine on one master timeline when done. Do just one final compression on the master file.
  3. Resist the temptation to do any edits on the master timeline. Do them on the individual chapters, then rebuild the master timeline, or you will regret it later when you have to re-edit the chapter anyway.
Yes, this results in large chapter videos (often 5-10 GB) combined onto one master timeline, but hard disks are cheap now. Yes this is more work, but we love Camtasia. 
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It would be great if the video player complies with WCAG2.

I do almost all my work for government. I can't use the player because it doesn't meet accessibility requirements. This in turn means I can't use the captions feature (which means I have to create annoying SRT files).

When Camtasia behaves itself it's one of my favourite tools.
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Cool, but i think it should have 60fps and keyframe.
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Recep Baltaş

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It is April and there is still no word on the new release.
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I hope you are right. The current product will only work on the oldest of my computers. Each time I go through an upgrade cycle in my hardware and/or OS I'm worried I may lose Camtasia completely. To be honest my comments were a shot in the dark in the hopes it might prompt Techsmith into giving us some type of public evidence beyond an unsubstantiated blog post that they are doing something. The fact that it's been so long since the closed beta ended (nov 2015) and there has been virtually nothing said by TS worries me greatly. A press release would do wonders.
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Interesting about the old computers. I purchased a new computer very near the end of last year. It's running the latest version of Windows 10. And it seems to work just fine with Camtasia as well as SnagIt.
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I have a Surface Pro 3 that it works on unless the project gets too big. My SurfaceBook i7 is iffy with Camtasia for more than 5 minutes. My 24 core Xeon workstation with highend Nivida graphics is a total bust (unless I run Win 7 in a VM) with Camtasia... This last system records 30 seconds of video then audio continues but video is black. All these guys are up to date with drivers and running a fully patched Win10. By far my most reliable machine is an i5 desktop that is about 5 years old running Win7 for Camtasia.


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Hi Andrew,

If you're getting black video for your recording specifically on Windows 10 I've seen this come up quite a bit lately.  Can you try the steps here to see if it works?
https://support.techsmith.com/hc/en-us/articles/215138598

I've seen the behavior where sometimes it's a black strip and other times most or all of the window is black.

If that doesn't solve it I'd encourage you to submit a support ticket at support.techsmith.com and we can get some diagnostics and see what else could be going on.

Hope that helps!

Mike
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Hello All,

I also wanted to share something little to let everyone know we still are working on the next version of Camtasia Studio.  Working in Tech Support I run across a lot of large projects that crash version 8 and to get customers up and running I open those projects in our new version to produce them out and get the customer a working copy of their video.  Below is a screenshot showing a customer project that wouldn't even load in Camtasia Studio 8.  I've blurred out a few things to protect the content.
http://screencast.com/t/DKJXqLS1JW

As you can see there are a lot of cuts which generate a lot of stitches.  I also wanted to share a screenshot of this very same project working in our next version of Camtasia for Mac.
http://www.screencast.com/t/owqj6Pd2ZAnh

I understand the frustration with the lack of updates.  Any news is better than no news so hopefully this helps and gets everyone excited about what is to come.  We plan on closing this Topic from any further posting as it's getting a bit too big to be helpful.  We plan on having a new topic forthcoming where everyone is able to continue discussing what is ahead for Camtasia.

Thanks!

Mike
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Beta testers are bound by law to not provide any details covering the products they test. That would include screen shots, new features, etc.

Camtasia 9 is not Vaporware. The project is not dead in the water.

Regards, Joe
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Thank you.
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Okay so if its in beta, show us. How do we apply for your beta program? Even Microsoft learned the hard way that they need to run open betas. Now they have the most successful beta program in the history of software programming (the Insider Preview program)

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