Why does it take so long to "produce" a video?

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It took well over an hour to "Produce" a 15 mintue video using camtasia. Is that the norm? Can I reduce this time by upgrading my computer or changing settings in my project? I have a Windows 7 computer.
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Kelly Mullins, TechSmith Employee & Helper

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Hello,

Can you give us a bit more information to go on...

Were you attempting to use the Produce to Screencast.com path or did you elect to upload to Screencast.com when producing with other paths?

If so, Screencast.com is down at the moment and this could have been part of the problem.

If this wasn't the issue, perhaps tell us more about what you are producing and how you are going about it. Then perhaps we can help a bit more.

Kelly
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Pammie

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I did use the Produce to Screencast.com but I was working on it last night and a few weeks ago.

Last night I was producing a 15 minute power point recorded with sound. I had combined 3 recordings and made a few edits--cutting clips--which was another ordeal for a different post.

The last time I created screen capture videos without sound, added some titles, callouts, zoom ins. Then used Produce and uploaded to screencast.com separately. The Producing part took forever and the upload was really quick.

What other informaiton would be helpful?
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Jon Farnlof

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I realize that this is a late response, but computing horsepower counts towards reducing rendering times. You cannot have a strong enough machine - this is not a Camtasia issue - it is the same with any video rendering. I have taken 45 to an hour minutes to render a vanilla 5 minute video on an average machine, whereas on my main rig i7-950 6gm ram, as I write I just finished rendering a 2 1/2 hour class with all the Camtasia bells and whistles (transitions, captions quizzes etc) in less than 20 min. The single biggest bang-for-the-buck improvement occurred when I installed a SSD (solid state drive) to host Windows, Camtasia and my current project files. That really made thing fly.
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Pammie

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Thank you so much!!Your advice was helpful. A new computer is on it's way.
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Jon Farnlof

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Way to go Pammie, you are going to love the difference! I do hope you got the SSD. It is a real game-changer.
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Pammie

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The powers that be could not seem to justify the $700 for the SSD. If they system that we ordered does not make a dramatic enough difference then they will need to.
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Jon Farnlof

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Too bad, but the new I assume more powerful machine even without an SSD should make a really noticeable difference. You will by much happier. FYI - Some people save money on SSD's by buying a smaller one say 64gb. Large enough to install Windows, most applications and some data. Then you shuffle your Camtasia project files on and off it when you are working on them. Good Luck
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Official Response
Hello,

Great news! We've just released Camtasia Studio 8, which we've redesigned from the ground up for better stability and performance. We think there's a good possibility that this particular issue has been resolved in the latest version.

Part of the re-write includes a brand-new rendering engine that takes advantage of GPU acceleration for fast decoding and rendering. It has been designed to be much more robust than in previous versions of Camtasia Studio.

You can download a free, fully-functional 30-day trial of Camtasia Studio 8 here: http://www.techsmith.com/camtasia-wha... . There's no need to remake the project files -- Camtasia Studio 8 will upgrade projects from version 6 or later.

Thank you again for your feedback!
Sara
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Pammie

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Sara--The new computer has helped dramatically!! If I install the 30-day trial, how would I roll it back if I determine that it is not a significant enough improvement to justify the purchase? I just purchased 7.1 about 3 monhs ago. :-(
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Sara

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You can install Camtasia Studio 8 alongside Camtasia Studio 7 so when the trial ends and you don't want to upgrade you want have a problem. It might be a good idea to make a copy of your projects folder for CS7 if you want to open them in 8. Camtasia Studio 8 will make a backup but I they name it ProjectTile_backup.camproj so if you roll back it might be annoying. If your new computer fixed the problem though it is possible you wont see any difference in speed Camtasia Studio 8!

Sara
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It took over 36 hours for Camtasia 8 to render a 1 hour video which was just a slide presentation recorded with GoToMeeting. I have no idea why it took so long. I'm running Win7-64bit with 8GB of RAM on an Intel i7 CPU. Any ideas on how to speed this up?
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Hello Traci,
Let's make sure you are on version 8.0.2 which came out last Tuesday. They fixed a couple of rendering bugs where, in certain situations, rendering could take longer than in version 7. Click Help > About Camtasia Studio to see what version you have.

To get 8.0.2 (free upgrade), you can click Help > Check for Updates.

You can also download the latest version here: http://download.techsmith.com/camtasi... Just install this over your copy.

If you are already on version 8.0.2, this rendering time does indeed sound ridiculous and I'd encourage you to open a case with our Tech Support team here: http://techsmith.custhelp.com/app/uti...

Sincerely,
Mike Curtis
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Pammie

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Traci--Did you use the Expression Encoder before importing the file into Camtasia?
Below is a link to their support.
http://support.citrixonline.com/en_US...
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I realize this is an older thread but I wanted to comment in case anyone else experienced what I have. First, I have an Intel i7 processor (3.4Ghz) with 16GB memory and an SSD (Sold State Drive) to store data. However, I was doing a few things wrong...

1. I was storing my videos on a "hard drive" and not on my Sold State SSD drive. Thus, the production video can only be written to the hard drive based on the maximum "write" speed of that hard drive (which is much slower than an SSD).
2. I was recording videos in 1920 x 1080 instead of syncing everything across the board.

The higher the resolution, the longer it takes to render. So, I set my monitor resolution to 1280 x 720, and record at 1280 x 720, and finally, produce at the same 1280 x 720. The videos are much more clear and the rendering is very quick.
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I just got camstasia and it was rendering a video and still is so far its been 3 hours and its only half way done, what the hell do i have to keep it on while im sleeping because its already 11 pm
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Hi Karine,
I'm sorry you are having this trouble!

Can you please give us some details to go on so we can try and determine what might be causing this?
What version of Camtasia Studio are you using?
How long is your video?
What kind of video is on the timeline?
What are your computer specifications?
Etc.

Kelly
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Since I see this thread is active again I would like to say that I too am having an issue with the amount of time it's taking to "produce"/render a project. It's been about 4.5 hours of render time and it's only 69% of the way rendered and 39% encoded at the moment. My computer is set to not go to sleep.


I'm rendering a 1920 x 1080 H.264 with the audio turned on. My video is about an hour and twenty minutes long and made up of multiple recordings made with Camtasia .trec files cut together, with some parts of the video sped up. Before the sped up cuts were made the video was closer to an hour and forty-five minutes. I also have the key strokes embedded, and a music track imported that is a mp4 file.


I am using the most recent version of Camtasia studio that I updated to about a week ago.


My computer is running Windows 8.1

Intel Core i7-3770K CPU

32GB RAM

NVidia GeForce GTX 660ti graphics card if that makes any difference

Also, it looks like Camtasia is only using 33% of the processor power even when the system is idle, or mostly idle.
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Amy did your problem get resolved for this issue ? Let us know and if not have you contacted TechSmith Support on this issue ? I see Kelly asked for more information but am not sure if the problem was solved or not. The support information is below.

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Thanks for posting your information with more details and have a great day/night. Look forward to hearing back from you on this issue.
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Hi Fred,

Kelly was responding to another person that posted in this topic above me. I didn't get a response back from anyone about my problem so I just opened a support ticket.

Thanks!
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Thanks for the feedback Amy. Greatly appreciated. Let us know what you find out as other users may enjoy finding out if they are having the same issue. I do know I was on my slow 1.0 Ghz Processor Windows 8.1 4GB of Memory HP Laptop last night and made a short 5 minute video and when I went to Produce and Render it I thought it would be quick but it took about an hour. Might have to do with this slow Porcessor. Maybe time to do the rendering on my desktop.

Have a great day/night ad thanks again for posting.
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Kelly Mullins, TechSmith Employee & Helper

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Hi Ann,
Sorry to leave you hanging!! I went out of town that night and just returned to the office this morning (Tuesday).

I hope our Tech Support team can help you out!

Kelly
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Yesterday I produced a 15min video and it took 4 mins to produce, today, same laptop, same type of video same length 15 mins is taking more than 25 mins today. Nothing has changed in my hardware since last night. What might be the reason for this behavior?
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Atin Jain

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and yesterday I was using camtasia 8.6 and today also I'm using camtasia 8.6
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This is a bit of a guess but we occasionally see where the 'power plan' setting inadvertently gets set to 'Power saver' and that silently kills Camtasia performance, even when the laptop is plugged in.

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