Tried to produce video 3 times... something wrong with end result.

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Ok, so i don't quite know how to explain this one. I made an hour long video in Camtasia studio 8 and when I go to "produce and share" I select the custom option and create the recommended flash/mp4 file format.

It takes about 2hrs to render and when it's done all is normal. I get a 1h MP4 out of it, around 5 gigs.

When i try to play it (using VLC) it opens, but all I see is a black screen with a RANDOM screenshot of some album art cover of a guy called Michael Knott? What?

Windows Media Player can't open it
Quicktime opens it, but it's just blank
Chrome/Firefox can open it but it's just a garbled mess green screen/static

I re-did the process 3 times figuring it may be a rendering error, but each time it's the same thing.

I've never had problems before, any help?
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What are the video domensions [source files]; what dimensions are you producing to? Lots of motion?

Not to waste time ...

Can you select a part of project and use produce selection as to get a good production?

5GB for a 1 hr MP4 seems really large.

[I recently made a 3 hr MP4 that is only 950 MB]

What production steps? Custom? Quality?

More details will be helpful.
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Hey thanks for the reply. let me try to answer all your questions.

The source files are recorded footage from FRAPS. Original dimension: 2048*1152

Essentially, I recorded the game audio/video with FRAPS, and recorded my voice with audacity and put them on top of each other. I also added a few callouts and small things like that.

I will try to produce only a selection, but when I go to produce and share, select "custom production settings", there is the option to "preview", when I do that, it shows me the first 30 seconds, and it works just fine.

Production steps:
Custom Production Settings (1920*1080)
MP4 file selected
I've tried both with "produce with controller" and without. no change.
Then I just produce. I don't really change any of the settings.

5GB does seem large, usually I make 30 minute similar videos at around 1GB, so I was expecting this one to clock in around 2GB...

Hope this additional info helps!
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Both your source and production dimensions are very large; others have reported here that FRAPS can be problamatical in Camtasia Studio.

But you should try doing partial productions; producing to smaller dimensions should also help, but reducing production size a lot can affect quality.

I've never used FRAPS; maybe others could offer suggestions?

You could break the project up, sending each selected section to Library; then, just work with a single section at a time; that should greatly reduce the demands on your system. If they all produce OK, and you make flash embedded in HTML, you can stitch them together using end action jump to URL.
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Hmm worth a shot. Can you walk me through how to produce only certain sections on Camtasia 8? I don't see the option to produce only certain parts.
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place some markers, starting at t=0, to define sections

make a timeline selection between 2 markers

right click the selection; choose "produce selection as"

start with small selections; make them bigger as you find things work

if the FRAPS are high motion, I'd keep the selections small [say about 10 minutes max]

let us know what happens
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That worked. I was able to successfully make 4 shorter videos. Now I'll try to "bind" them together. Still don't understand what the problem was to make 1 full vid?
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OK; as another experiment, now load the 4 produced video files [MP4s ?] on the timeline to make a single project; will that produce?
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Yep, it did.
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OK; it looks like you'll have to settle for making short segment productions, then make a composite project out of them.

Here is a short tutorial on how to use the Library to do this ...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aakdwb...
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I have the same problem with a 60 minute production. It takes about 2 hours to render a MP4 file: 1280 x 720 px. I have four .wmv files in my Library and captions.

The end result is black or green screen with a random image (from another directory). No sound and no video is generated.

The same as above when using Windows Media Player, VLC, QuickTime.
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hi!

I have some saved recording from which i produced videos before. some of my produced videos are multiple gigs.

now my d:/ crashed (with my _produced_ videos on it) and i replaced it with a SSD disk (NTFS again).
but now i can't produce my video?

why doesn't it work _anymore_?

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