Using H.265/XF-HEVC for green screen and Camtasia for screen capture

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I am about to get the new Canon XF705 which records 4:2:2 10 bit video in H.265/XF-HEVC formats, which should deliver really smooth green screen quality live video recordings and backplates. I'll be doing these recordings mostly for eLearning and software demonstrations and therefore I would like to use Camtasia (Mac) to edit either the whole program or at least the screen capture components for SW demos and PPT presentations. I also have available Adobe Premiere CC and I edit (for now) on a MacBook Pro 15" 2016 Touch Bar.

The challenge is that that Camtasia doesn't support H.265/XF-HEVC and the Canon XF705 can only output 4:2:2 in H.265/XF-HEVC  format, it drops to 4:2:0 8 bit for H.264/AVC

How do I fix this conundrum? I have a complex option I hate in mind:
  • Record and edit all my SW/PPT screen capture on Camtasia and then export the clip(s)/movie from Camtasia
  • Edit my live video with its chroma key layer in Adobe Premiere CC and integrate the Camtasia clips in Premiere as well, exporting the final movie from Premiere
It's kind of a convoluted and time-consuming workflow... I wish TechSmith would come out already with support for H.265/XF-HEVC  media/exports. I really don't want to lose the high-quality video bit depth provided by H.265/XF-HEVC when doing green screen work.

Anybody else shares my frustration? Any workarounds you know of? Is my proposed workflow adequate or how would you improve on it? Thank you in advance for your comments.

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Rick Stone

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For others that may be wondering about the  4:2:2 10 bit video mention, here is a YouTube video that helps better understand what is being talked about.

Cheers... Rick :)