What are the limitations of this software?

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Last night I was having trouble editing and rendering my project. I do gaming videos for youtube and the edits I do are sometimes pretty crazy. We're talking 100+ assets on the time line and in the library. Now is camtasia just not capable of that kind of intensive editing? I love the simplicity of camtasia but it seems to lack in power. My CPU specs are as follows:

ProcessorIntel(R) Core(TM) i5-2500K CPU @ 3.30GHz
ManufacturerIntel Speed3.3 GHz Number of Cores4

Video Card 2NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti ManufacturerNVIDIA ChipsetGeForce GTX 980 Ti Dedicated Memory6144 MB Total Memory6144 MB

Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition Service Pack 1 (build 7601), 64-bit Service Pack1 Size64 Bit EditionHome Premium

So I really don't think it's my PC.. Should I be looking to another program like sony vegas for edits like this?? Thanks for any insight.
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Joe Morgan

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Justin,
 Look, Camtasia is a 32 bit editor that in general is not capable of that kind of intensive editing.There are ways that you can get around it's limitations but you need to jump through a lot of hoops and invest a lot of additional time in order to pull it off.
The Camtasia editor has a 30fps limitation when editing. You can import a 60fps video but when it's placed on the timeline the editor will discard 1/2 of those frames.
 
What you need is a 64 bit editor that's better suited for your purposes. Sony Vegas is a great choice but it's also pretty expensive. In my opinion Adobes Premiere Elements 14 is the best option available at a reasonable price. You can actually pick it up along with Photoshop Elements for less than $100 when it's on sale at Amazon in America. It goes on sale often. It tends to go up in price slightly overseas. Photoshop is great for your still image needs.

Regards, Joe
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This is a tough conversation because I really really like Camtasia.

But I've learned the hard way that Joe is right. After getting more horsepower for my computer, and studying the effects of RAM, the CPU and the hard drive, Camtasia was still crashing on me at the same points.

Yes. Camtasia has limits, and I noticed lots of splices and transitions were the killers. As Joe says, there are hoops you can jump through, but Camtasia may not be the right tool. I wonder if there are plans to make Camtasia 64-bit.

Joe, thanks for the insight and suggestions.
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Yes, a 64-bit version is in progress.  We've not yet announced a release date, but we are working hard to get it out as soon as we can.
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That'd be even better than the discovery of bacon.
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Yes I think I'll wait for that update but until then I'll use another software. Or maybe I'll just jump through those hoops. Please come out with it soon! I love camtasia!
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I do hope a 64-bit option comes out very soon. Just about every project I work on crashes at some point.

I'm looking for ways to make my editing process better, but there's no getting around making a lot of splices. It seems that splices are the main things that cause crashes.

I record 15 minutes of a tutorial, there's stuff that needs to be spliced out.
- I click the wrong thing in a tutorial
- I sneeze
- My phone rings
- Parts of the tutorial that are too long, just me typing, and are better as a fade transition from the start to the finish.

So, before starting the real editing, there might be 50 splices and, consequently, a near guarantee that Camtasia is going to crash multiple times before rendering and publishing.
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There is a trick I use all the time and it works very well. It involves saving your project occasionally and closing and reopening Camtasia.

When I'm working on a project with a lot of edits and long in duration I open task manager and  monitor my RAM usage.When RAM usage approaches 2,000 MB I save my project. Then I relaunch Camtasia and open the same project. RAM usage drops to about 1/2 that in most cases.
Camtasia  only crashes when RAM usage exceeds over 2,000MB in most cases. 
I create videos that exceed 20 min. in duration with this technique without crashing the program as a result.

Regards, Joe


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Oz du Soleil

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Yeah. I've been following that advice, Joe. It's been helpful. 
I just hope Camtasia can eliminate the need for that. Or at least add some kind of warning on its own that says, "You're making me crazy. Please save, close and re-open before I impode.

It's been really great having Camtasia. Before this, I was using a free thing that just recorded the screen and had basic editing. Now, I've got transitions, picture-in-picture, a library ... and it crashes under its own weight.  :(
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Thanks for all the suggestions guys! I guessing one of those hoops is rendering like 1/2 the project before it's done and then finishing the other half. But I only think I'll have to do that on really crazy edits. I hope they release 64 bit by the end of this year. Cheers again guys!
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WI'll the 64 bit release be a free upgrade to existing camtasia members or will it be called version 9 and be bundled with a hefty upgrade charge?
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It will be Camtasia 9 so it won't be a free upgrade.

Regards, Joe
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dan

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Joe, at first, I thought you were joking. Any word on the release date of Camtasia 9?