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Is Camtasia a good option with Premiere Pro CS5?

Jan 9, 2011 3:11 AM

 

As a user of CS5 Production Premium Suite, I have this question:

 

would TechSmith's Camasia Studio 7 (Screen Recording & Video Editing Software) conflict with Adobe software as mentioned, and especially Premiere Pro CS5 if installed on the same computer (Windows 7 Prof)?

 
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    Jan 9, 2011 3:26 AM   in reply to Adjofilm

    would TechSmith's Camasia Studio 7 (Screen Recording & Video Editing Software) conflict with Adobe software as mentioned, and especially Premiere Pro CS5 if installed on the same computer (Windows 7 Prof)?

     

    No. But looking at the title of the thread, Is Camtasia a good option, yoiu have to be aware that TechSmith's codec's can give trouble. Your best option is to export with Lagarith or UT.

     
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    Jan 9, 2011 7:24 AM   in reply to Adjofilm

    No problem at all.  I'm using it here.

     

    -Jeff

     
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    Jan 9, 2011 7:27 AM   in reply to Harm Millaard

    With the 64-bit version of TSCC included in Camtasia Studio version 7.1, the Camtasia codec works just fine in CS5.

     

    -Jeff

     
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    Jan 9, 2011 3:58 PM   in reply to Jeff Bellune

    From what I've seen, Harm and Jeff are both right. I.e., the older versions of the codecs caused problems, but it seems that people are having much better luck with the new codecs.

     
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    Jan 10, 2011 12:51 PM   in reply to Todd_Kopriva

    Good news, and I suppose that time has come to retire my old Camtasia Editing article. Life has changed, and for the better.

     

    Appreciated everyone!

     

    Hunt

     

    PS - I started to link that article here, but when I saw that Jeff had posted, knew that he'd have updated info, as he was the prime contributor to that old article. Glad I waited and read...

     
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    Jan 10, 2011 1:10 PM   in reply to Todd_Kopriva

    I have one workflow where I edit and output back to Camtasia and unfortunately the 64 bit codec doesn't seem to show up in Media Encoder as an option...recently I had to load the project is CS4 to be able to output back to the Camtasia codec (I export to Cantasia AVI and use QuickTime Pro to encode to H264 because...well, it's more efficient, better looking and more compatible than Media Encoder's H264 output)...

     

    So...verify that Media Encoder sees a Camtasia codec in CS5 if you need to encode to it.

     
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    Jan 10, 2011 11:51 PM   in reply to Adjofilm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJr560bqLyA

     

    You can click the URL to watch my video. Camtasia woud be a wise option if you did not have PP but since you have PP FRAPS might be your best bet. I am not sure if it will work with PP CS5 because I have PP CS4. FRAPS is only $38.00 and can record on screen video much better than Camtasia ever could. I hope my video helps.

     
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    Jan 11, 2011 11:59 AM   in reply to Adjofilm

    If you installed the program its either in Program Files which is 64 bits or Program Files (x86) which is 32 bits.

     
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    Jan 11, 2011 12:02 PM   in reply to Adjofilm

    The Camtasia installer should install the 64-bit version of the codec if it detects a 64-bit system.  You can tell if it installed correctly by opening the Pr CS5 Export Settings dialog, selecting Microsoft AVI as the Format, and then examining the Video Codec drop-down list under the Video tab.  If TechSmith Screen Capture Codec is listed, then the 64-bit version of the codec is installed and implemented correctly.

     

    For your other questions, you'll have to ask TechSmith directly.

     

    -Jeff

     
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    Jan 11, 2011 1:21 PM   in reply to Jeff Bellune

    You will definitely want to check the export options Jeff mentioned because in my case CS5 edits Camtasia AVIs just fine, which means that the 64 bit codec loaded...at least to read (decode).  I did not have it available for export...that's a tech issue I need to follow up with them (techsmith) on.

     

    -TimK

     
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    Jan 11, 2011 5:09 PM   in reply to Tim Kolb

    Things may have changed in the latest version of Camtasia but when I used to import the Camtasia codec into Premiere the cursor and surrounding area would almost appear smeared or smudged with trailings. It did not happen all the time but it was odd when it did. I never knew when it would or would not act up. Did anyone else have that happen?

     
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    Mar 7, 2011 12:57 PM   in reply to Jeff Bellune

    Jeff, could you please elaborate on your process for exporting a video from Camtasia, pulling it into Premiere, and exporting it again? I have followed all the steps mentioned here but I still cannot get anything but blurry and shaky results, so hopefully the error is my own.

     

    Thanks,

    Ian

     
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    Mar 8, 2011 3:39 AM   in reply to Ian Connel

    I've been working on a tutorial to demo just that workflow.  I hope to have it ready in a few/several days.  I go all the way up to preparing sequences for export from Pr, but not to actually exporting.  Including variations for exporting would have lengthened the tutorial unbearably.  I'll cover exporting to different formats, with different workflows and tools, later on.

     

    -Jeff

     
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    Mar 8, 2011 4:41 AM   in reply to Jeff Bellune

    I've found that PICVideo MJPEG gives good results.

     

    It's available in both, 32-bit and x64 versions.

     
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    Oct 25, 2012 11:10 AM   in reply to Adjofilm

    I have been using CS5 and Camtasia 1.0 but updated the TSCC codec downloaded from TechSmith with good results. I recommend 15 fps. The 64-bit codec can be downloaded from TechSmith: http://techsmith.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/2793/kw/adobe/re lated/1

    This MAY be the one packaged with Camtasia7, but I can't confirm that. You may still need to ignore Alpha channel (per other posts) if the clips appear all black frames.

    Hope this helps!

    ExportTSCC.jpg

     
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    Oct 27, 2012 3:52 PM   in reply to dean.wilson@comcast.net

    I used to use Camtasia, but rather than upgrade, I found CamStudio - a free program that seems to work OK for me.

     

    http://camstudio.org/

     
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