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Dave Montgomeryusing premiere & camtasia
by on Apr 28, 2009 at 10:43:02 pm

Hi guys,
I am having a problem getting camtasia and premiere to work together properly.

I can screen capture just fine using camtasia, but when i import the capture and try to integrate it into premiere, the camtasia video loses quality.

I'm assuming that it has something to do with the capture settings matching the output settings in premiere, but the trial and error is getting out of control.

Can anyone help point me in the right direction?


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Vince BecquiotRe: using premiere & camtasia
by on Apr 29, 2009 at 3:01:12 am

If you are working in a DV project, the preview will be DV (which is not a good compression for graphics), but that won't affect your final export. If you want to keep the same quality in your previews, you will need to work in a desktop mode project, which will force a render to uncompressed.

Vince Becquiot

Kaptis Studios
San Francisco - Bay Area

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Mike LacherRe: using premiere & camtasia
by on Apr 30, 2009 at 6:19:47 pm

Hi Dave,

Yeah, Vince is right. The preview can be deceiving.

Also, you'll want to check how Camtasia is compressing the video. I've found rendering out of Camtasia as an uncompressed AVI is generally easiest for Premiere to swallow (although it yields massive files). The proprietary Tech Smith codec Camtasia uses by default in rendering AVIs tends to cause problems working inside a DV project.


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Alex UdellRe: using premiere & camtasia
by on Apr 30, 2009 at 7:17:50 pm


to match a project to you source settings....

Import a camtasia clip, then check it's properties...

then create a new project template that matches those settings....

then you should be good for working with camtasia source....


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