What PC specs are important to run Camtasia as smoothly as possible?

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I'm about to buy a new (Windows) PC and since I create videos for a living, I want to run Camtasia as smoothly as possible.
What PC specs are important to achieve that? 

Related question: Can I transfer my Camtasia license to the new PC? If not, is it still possible to purchase Camtasia 8? I'm so used to this version that I'd rather not switch.
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Florian Walther

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Hi Florian,
Don't go overboard. I bought a close-to-gaming level desktop computer, and it renders slightly faster than my 4-year-old laptop. I do a lot of editing, but thankfully more as a volunteer than as a full time job.
My present rig: 
  • Intel i7-8700K CPU @ 3.70 GHz (this runs maybe 10% faster than my new laptop's i7-8565U CPU @ 1.99 GHz)
  • 16 GB RAM
  • NVidia Quadro P4000 GPU
  • Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
The most irksome thing is that I still have to use Handbrake to convert my video camera's .MTS files to .MP4, before Camtasia is able to edit smoothly.

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Camtasia becomes close to unusable once I exceed ~10 minutes in my projects since I have a ton of little snippets and groups. This has to change and I'm willing to pay whatever is necessary.
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have you tried simplifying your projects as editing advances?

having a "ton" of  objects on the timeline will always stress the editor, regardless of PC system
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Florian Walther

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Yes I tried but it made editing extremely inconvenient
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Hi - since you create videos for a living, I'll advise you as I would any professional -  get the biggest available. Can't afford it?  How much money will a new car bring in? The planned vacation to Disney world? Personally I've never made a penny from my truck (now a 2011 Ram) so I'd rather drive it into the ground than update it. (The wife's 2-1/2 year old Pathfinder will be traded in on a new 2021 Kia Telluride, we just ordered).

Technology in the last 6 or 8 months has moved light years ahead of what most Camtasia users here use. Think of a MoBo (Mother Board) with a V390 chip set - it should come with two slots for two PCIe M.2 chips (I use 1-TB drives, Intel 660p - today a faster 665p is available for $5 more ($130 vs $125) and is 15% faster). [I bought 6 of the 660p's for $83.99 each during "black Friday" event at Newegg, today they're  $125 !!!]

I settled on an ASUS Maximus XI Extreme after returning a dud, an ASUS Maximus XI Hero. I was a dud because I couldn't "turn-off" the onboard Intel 630 graphics chip in BIOS, which stole 1/4 of its PCI lanes that could never be used(!) and because of that the ASUS Raid card I had in mind for it, didn't work.

I put an Intel 9900K (8 core, 16 threads), 4GHz native, 4.8GHz stable O/C with water cooler on the Maximus XI Extreme. Today, the 9900KS is 13% faster and when introduced, it was $30 more than what I paid for the 9900K, today it's $300 more and not worth it, IMO.

Video is not that important - I never use "hardware acceleration" and although rendering is a little slower, there's no jerkiness in the final rendering. I did pick up a used GTX 1070 for $100 on Craigslist.

Also important is RAM - if you have 4 DIMM slots - use them ALL.  32GB - means 4 matched 8GB chips, 64GB - means 4 matched 16GB chips. You MoBo's user manual will recommend size's and manufacturers.

Today, I wouldn't consider anything less than 32GB and 3 years down the road if 64GB makes more sense, you'll have to change out all 4 DIMMs (or just do 64 now). I prefer looking ahead which for me means, load it to the gills!

I'm still using my old system, 32GB, Intel 4790K and will produce a couple videos (1-Theoretical, 2-Practicallity of RamDisks) for EE (Experts-Exchange). On this 32GB system I general use 16GB for a RAM Disk and 16GB for Windows and applications. On my new system I start with 44 for RAM, 20 for RamDisk.

But How much RAM do you really need?
I have 16 GB for Windows and removed my Pagefle.sys long ago and it's never bitten me (i.e. If I ever needed more than the 16, my system would warn me them start ejecting occupants of memory! At most I do one Camtasia project at a time, store all media files on the RAM disk - but virtually, and render to it always, not virtually. What do I mean virtually? It's a trick that allows me to move the finished project safely between RamDisk and more permanent storage elsewhere with one small windows change and Camtasia never knows about the location change. I'll try to remember to cover that in the impending videos.

See:  UserBenchMark.com, it produced the below graphic, which compares my built to 28,000 near identical builds. It's also useful for looking at the performance of other systems, and is always my first stop before building another computer. So for example you could look up my Maximus Extreme, and see how it compares to other boards or the Intel 660p chips to other M.2 NVMe chips, etc.

Starting in spring of last year, everything PC is way, way better!  How much better do you want to buy?

You might notice the HDD listed at the bottom, I bought it "used" for $44 from Amazon (anyone can) and it came with a 3 year warranty. New, they had a 5 yr transferable HGST warranty. and these were < 2 years old. I could've picked up a truck load of them for $10 total had I bin in northern Colorado in April 2019 - a dozen or so data farms were being updated to M.2 drives and 10s of thousands of drives became available over a 2 or 3 week periods. Having heard from others, this scenario has or will be playing out, earth-wide for the next year or more.

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First and foremost. A stronger processor may help.
Are you working with screen recordings or video from other sources? If so what sources?
It would help considerably to know your current  computer specs? Without them, its difficult to advise/suggest anything.
Are you considering purchasing a laptop or a desktop? And what are you currently running?


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