Camtasia (Windows): AVI Videos Created in Camtasia Studio 8 Do Not Play on Other Computers

Problem

When producing an AVI video using a codec, the codec must be installed on the computer where the videos are viewed. Much like viewing a PowerPoint file requires that PowerPoint be installed.

Although Camtasia Studio 8 can produce AVI videos using any standard Windows codec, by default it uses the TechSmith TSC2 codec.

Camtasia can use other codecs installed with the standard installation of Windows such as Microsoft Video 1 or RLE. However, TSC2 will generally produce smaller files.

Solution

You can convert existing TSC2 AVI videos to use a different codec by placing the AVI on the timeline in Camtasia.

  1. Click Produce and share.
  2. Select Custom Production Settings.
  3. Select AVI Format.
  4. Click Video Compression to select a different codec.

A wrokaround is to distribute the TSC2 codec in Camtasia. You can download and install the TSC2 codec here.