Re: Video editing software and hardware

Subject: Re: Video editing software and hardware
From: "Sweet, Gregory P (HEALTH)" <gregory -dot- sweet -at- health -dot- ny -dot- gov>
To: "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 3 Sep 2019 15:14:16 +0000

I second what Chris said:

For the price, mixing screen capture and other video, Camtasia cannot be beat.

And you donât need a Mac. You do need as much RAM and GPU as you can afford. The thing to remember is that video is encoded & decoded on the video card, so the better the GPU, the faster and more accurately it will process your video output. If the audio track is important to your video, donât skimp on your audio card or microphone either.

I have been very happy with my current Mac Pro 2013 and several customized Dell workstations Iâve had in the past. I will say having used both Mac and Windows systems, I prefer the Mac and find it much easier to manage -- but that is purely personal preference, YMMV. And Iâve always preferred a desktop workstation to a laptop for editing video.

If youâve got the money to spend you can look for a turnkey video solution. Turnkey systems have a bit of an edge since the system is specifically designed it to edit video. All the components are typically tested to make sure they work well together and can take advantage of the full capacity of each component. The disadvantage is that they tend to be pricy and very niche. You are most likely not going to find a turnkey system built around Camtasia.



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Date: Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at 9:24 AM
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Subject: Re: Video editing software and hardware

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Camtasia can do far more than just video screen capture. For the price,
capabilities, and ease of use, I'd say it can't be beat.

The Mac version is not compatible with the PC version, so there is no equal
exchange of its proprietary files between the two while a project is
underway. Once completed, however, the end result can be replayed anywhere..

Any modern-day Windows platform (Win 7 and above) will handle editing. The
key is to have as much RAM as possible, e.g., 16 GB. And the video
subsystem should also have its own built-in RAM of sufficient quantity.

If I were tasked to do a lot of this sort of thing, I'd want a high-powered
desktop system with a top-end video card. This is because the video
subsystem of a given laptop may or may not be up to the task. Some may,
others not.

Let no one try to tell you that you have to have a Mac to accomplish your
task. That was more or less true twenty years ago, but not any more.

Chris Morton
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On Tue, Sep 3, 2019 at 9:10 AM Sion Lane <sion -dot- lane -at- unit4 -dot- com<mailto:sion -dot- lane -at- unit4 -dot- com>> wrote:

Hi all,

What recommendations do people have for screen video capture software and
something to edit the resulting videos?

I've used Camtasia in the past but I suspect the requirements will exceed
its capabilities - videos should include more than just screen capture.

Also, what kind of machine are you using? Any research I do indicates that
a high spec laptop is required, I'm not massively used to Macs so would
prefer something Windows-based but I'm happy to try something new.


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