Camtasia (Mac): Record Video Games

Problem

How do I record video games for editing?

Solution

Recording footage from video games can be a very system-intensive process, even on a computer that exceeds our recommended system specifications. Here are a few tips and tricks to get the best possible performance from Camtasia (Mac) when recording.

Free System Resources

The game you are going to record and Camtasia will be utilizing a lot of memory and processing power, so any spare resources that are available will help. It is best to limit your open applications to just Camtasia and the game. A reboot of the computer can also help to clear up other resource issues. 

Set the Game to Play in Windowed Mode

For better results, we recommend playing the game in windowed mode at 1280x720. Most games will have this as an option in their video settings. The reason we want to avoid fullscreen mode is because the resolution can change when moving into the game after you start the recording. With the game running in a window of a set size, you can tell Camtasia to record that area of the screen. This is even more important on a Retina display, due to the extremely high resolution that a fullscreen game runs at.

Some games like Minecraft do not have specific resolution options. In this case, there are different applications and custom launchers that can be used to force the window to be 1280x720, but this will force the whole window to be that size – the actual gameplay region will be smaller. Follow the instructions to set the correct video dimensions:

  1. Open Camtasia Recorder.
  2. Select 720p HD (1280x720).
  3. Click Start Recording.
  4. Resize game window to be within the recording area.

This will record only the gameplay, and not the window heading and border, although it will require some editing to cut out the setup phase.