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
TechSmith
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Rick Stone

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Sounds interesting! Thanks so much for the update!
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slhice

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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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scott

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Stoked about the faster rendering time!
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Johan

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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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Kraznet

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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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Rick Stone

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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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Rick Stone

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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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Rupert Fallows

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Any chance that we can search on captions to move quicker through a script
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Kevin Edward Kline

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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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DrivenMavens

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LOL!! Cheers Trevor! I think I need more sleep.
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Mal Reynolds

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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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Тарас Шевченко

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What about 60 fps?
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Phillip Blackwell

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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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Any updates on the roadmap ?
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Rick Stone

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I think I may have noticed a new burger joint that was added along with a hotel or two. ;)
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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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