Camtasia (Windows): Schedule a Recording to Automatically Start and Stop

There are some common cases when you want to schedule a recording:

  • Record a webinar on your home computer while you are at work.
  • Ensure a class lecture is recorded and not forgotten.
  • Assist recording an event for someone who is not familiar using Camtasia.

This article will explain how to create scheduled files for Windows Task Scheduler to automatically initiate a Camtasia Screen recording.

You must use the Administrator access to initialize the changes. Process may vary if using Windows 8 or Windows 10.

Schedule an Automated Recording

  1. Open Notepad.
  2. Type the following into the document: "C:\Program Files\TechSmith\Camtasia 2018\CamRecorder.exe" /record
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  3. Save file as record.bat.

    Please use the BAT extension. Saving as TXT will not work.

  4. Create a new file.
  5. Type the following into the document: "C:\Program Files\TechSmith\Camtasia 2018\CamRecorder.exe" /stop
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  6. Save file as stop.bat. Please remember where you saved both those files.
  7. Open Camtasia Recorder.
  8. Select Tools > Options > General.
  9. Select File Options > Automatic file name. Then, click OK.
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  10. Select Program > Hide preview window after recording is stopped. Select Save under the Do this with my recording dropdown.
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  11. Close the recorder.
  12. Press Windows+R on your keyboard to open the Run window.
  13. Type the following and click OK: control panel
  14. Select System and Security > Administrative Tools.
  15. Double-click Task Scheduler.
  16. Select Action > Create Task > General.
  17. Type a name for the task.
  18. Select Triggers > New.
  19. Set a time when you want to start recording under Settings.
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  20. Select Actions > New.
  21. Click Browse to open record.bat.
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  22. Repeat steps 16-21 to set a different trigger for stop.bat.
  23. Click OK after both tasks are set
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  24. Save and close Windows Task Scheduler.