WebCam Video Pixelated

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This is a problem others have had but I am not hearing any solutions form TechSmith. Webcam video recording as I do a screen capture pixelates. Some compression problem that is specific to Camtasia on Mac since we don't have the problem with say QuickTime capturing webcam video. 

I like to be able to capture webcam video at the same time as my screencasts, so recording the live video before or after is really not a viable solution. 

Any news on this issue?
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  • hopeful you guys will fix it.

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I don't think there's been a fix on the software side, so far what I've seen suggested is to use quicktime to record your webcam at the same time you use camtasia to record the screen, then drop the webcam footage in, use the audio recorded in both as way to get them in sync and then mute either the webcam or the audio recorded by camtasia.
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That's right; some webcams don't seem to record the way you'd want with the 'normal' way we do it through the system currently. So, until we figure that out, you can definitely do what Jack suggests and record with Quicktime if that works better (and just minimize it as you start your screen recording). A common way to help you sync things might be to do a clap- something visual and loud that makes a spike on your audio waveform.

I'm not suggesting this should be a permanent solution, I'm just trying to get you what you need in the mean time.
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I appreciate the suggestion. A little clunky, but still a good workaround. 


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I hear the new Brio webcam can send uncompressed 1080p video ... this might fix the problem. Hopefully the boys at Techsmith can test this out.
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Didn't help the issue at all. I have all the latest gear and the problem is the same in Camtasia 2018 with latest macOS and new MacBook Pro 15"
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I have a similar problem.

I want to capture a powerpoint presentation and simultaneously the WebCam Movie from the presenter. I need to store the videos separately (1 Screencast & 1 Video from human presenter) into 2 HD videos. The Webcam seems to be in low resolution (the quality is poor). Is there a way /method to store 2 videos and both in HD quality?

Thanks for every hint.
Best regards