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Camtasia record video Footage that can be saved almost to many file formats ( Mp4, Mov , ... )
which can be imported into after effects as a video Footage.
Thanks for a timely response. I expected as much with the knowledge I have of other editing software such as Premiere and Avid. I didn't know if I needed to be concerned with Camtasia throwing in some weird codec that would confuse After Effects. The lady I've been dealing with knows enough of Camtasia to edit her video but doesn't have any idea about exporting in different formats. Anytime I've starting asking exporting questions and technical questions, she seems confused. Unfortunately, she's in another state so I can't just sit down with her. I thought these forums could be useful.
Thanks again for your insight. It's greatly appreciated.
I would recommend you to download a trial version of camtasia so you can get familiar with the application, its not hard to get the basic of the application .. get the trial .. Download it, now it will be easier for your to give on-screen instruction for your client.
The easiest way I know of to get Camtasia footage into After Effects (or any other NLE) is to right-click on the .trec video file in your Camtasia project and choose 'extract recording contents' This will extract the avi contained in the trec file. No rendering required. (You won't get the mouse cursor though. For that you have to render out from Camtasia)
I didn't know if I needed to be concerned with Camtasia throwing in some weird codec that would confuse After Effects.
You can always eliminate that possibility. Transcode the footage to a good intermediate codec, and you should be good to go.