Schedule a Recording to Automatically Start and Stop Using Camtasia on Windows

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.

The following steps will only work for Camtasia 2020 and earlier. We plan to add these tools in a future update for Camtasia 2021.

  1. Open Camtasia Recorder.
  2. Select Tools > Options > General.
  3. Select File Options > Automatic file name. Then, click OK.
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  4. Select Program > Hide preview window after recording is stopped. Select Save under the Do this with my recording dropdown.
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  5. Close the recorder.
  6. Press Windows+R on your keyboard to open the Run window.
  7. Type the following and click OK: control panel
  8. Select System and Security > Administrative Tools.
  9. Double-click Task Scheduler.
  10. Select Action > Create Task > General.
  11. Type a name for the task.
  12. Select Triggers > New.
  13. Set a time when you want to start recording under Settings.
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  14. Select Actions > New.
  15. Click Browse to open record.bat.
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  16. Repeat steps 16-21 to set a different trigger for stop.bat.
  17. Click OK after both tasks are set
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  18. Save and close Windows Task Scheduler.