Help Camtasia Stop Crashing

I think I might have stumbled on a trick to stabilize the beast Camtasia 8!

Note: I have nothing to back this claim up – and someone might say this is ridiculous. It really works for me – so far…..

This is offered to all of those out there wrestling with Camtasia crashing constantly. I hope this helps – if it does – please let me know.

Camtasia has me backing up my video work 3-4 times a day out of shear fear…. coz when she blows – she takes your work with her. She loves to scribble all over your project file. Just like it used to be back in the days of CPM – you probably don’t know what I am talking about here…. 1970’s computing.

The story behind the discovery

Recently whilst attempting to edit my movie – see my other Camtasia stories…. I noticed that I worked for an ENTIRE DAY on a 30 minute film with lots of edits and NO Camtasia crashes.

It dawned on me whilst driving the next day….. so what had I done different?

I was filming a pump and I needed to crop the video. So I had used Virtual dub (what a legend!) to run over the video from my camera and used a null transform to crop the film. But I hadn’t compressed the video.

Loading this into Camtasia just fed it’s bugs.  We were crashing our brains out, audio was stammering – you name it it was happening.

It was then I chose to create a new project with just the cropped video and get Camtasia to produce it at the same resolution. I was trying to see if Camtasia and I had met the end of the road as I feared we would. It successfully produced the video but it choked on it if you tried to play it in Camtasia (the original clip).

However when my movie project was changed to use the Camtasia produced render of my virtual dub cropped movie, Camtasia IMMEDIATELY become sane and has since behaved, and not crashed.

There was a substantial size reduction in the movie clip, but I wonder if the Camtasia codec is also way, way less memory hungry and less crash happy than their other codecs

So try using Camtasia to produce your original footage in their codec – Yes that seems to mean a separate project for each piece of your source footage. Yes it’s a pain – but you might stop the beast crashing – think about that!

Now if I could just batch encode all my source footage with the Camtasia codec….

I can’t get this done in Virtual Dub or I would. Surprise! The Camtasia codec wont let you encode with software other than Camtasia. Way to go Camtasia!