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camtasia recorder - old functionality

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21 comments

  • Ross

    Hi, I agree. I can't even figure out how to change the folder my recording are stored to - I keep running out of space. 

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  • inco

    I am not able to deactivate the countdown and even worse I can not delete the recording and repeat it. Every started recording is saved....

    Ticket opened

    866035

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  • kayakman
    Expert Camtasia User

    Camtasia 2021 ships with 2 Recorders, a new 2021 version, and a legacy Recorder, which is just like the one in Camtasia 2020

    use the legacy version; you'll find it in the Camtasia 2021 install directory

    launch it, and pin to task bar for easy future use

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  • kayakman
    Expert Camtasia User

    C:\Program Files\TechSmith\Camtasia 2021\LegacyCamRecorder.exe

     

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  • support

    I totally agree. The Camtasia 2021 recorder is a dumbed-down version and the main bread, and butter features that longtime users like me use are absent (been using Camtasia since 2008):

    I can go and select the Legacy recorder but that's not a solution. Why take away the ability to edit a whole load of things from the recording toolbar? Something like the ability to lock the aspect ratio so that the screen you are recording is in the same aspect ratio as the final video. Where do I store files? Choosing the format for files? Please bring those back!

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  • Staggart

    Just upgraded to 2021 and I'm definitely surprised to see the recorder no longer exposes basic options

    - Framerate
    - Aspect ratio
    - Output folder
    - Recording countdown
    - Configurable keyboard hotkeys
    - Annotations

    From an upgrade standpoint, this makes little sense since it practically retained less than half its functionality. "legacy recorder" implies it's going to be retired in the future, why?

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  • kayakman
    Expert Camtasia User

    the Legacy Recorder is there so you can have everything now as in earlier versions; it's identical to 2020's Recorder

    the new version of Recorder is a work-in-progress; it will have functionality added over the coming maintenance release cycles; so stay tuned ...

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  • Bret Sutton

    This work-in-progress should never have been released.  For me, the lack of a choice of filename and directory for my .trec files is a big non-starter.  Storage of .trec files for dozens of projects in one directory makes for a maintenance nightmare.  Yeah, I can rename and move each one after it is created, and delete it from the media bin and re-add it.  But what a nuisance.  There should at least have been an option somewhere to control this behavior.

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  • Ross

    I do agree - why release something that isn't finished! Seems a bizarre idea - it only seems to be irritating people. 

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  • scott_darling

    Wow... the workaround works but awful experience... I've lost an hour messing around with this this morning. 

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  • davinciwatergardens

    Thanks kayakman.
    Easy fix.

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  • idm

    I'd like to express my displeasure as well with this change. I recently upgraded to 2021 and was shocked at how much functionality is missing in the "new" screen recorder. I'm incredibly disappointed that, after purchasing an upgrade, my workflow has actually become MORE cumbersome -- I have to manually launch a legacy executable to get the baseline functionality I relied upon prior to this update. This is a huge step backwards, and I hope TechSmith adds the missing functionality back soon or I might have to revert to 2019. For all the talk TechSmith does about user experience and design, I can't fathom why this decision was made and this was released...just so disappointing.

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  • idm

    To follow up to my last post, to force the legacy screen recorder to launch upon clicking Record, do the following:

    1. Save / exit Camtasia
    2. In Windows go to Camtasia install folder (C:\Program Files\TechSmith\Camtasia 2021\)
    3. Rename existing CamtasiaRecorder.exe to something like Bad.CamtasiaRecorder.exe (confirm UAC prompt)
    4. Rename LegacyCamRecorder.exe to CamtasiaRecorder.exe (confirm UAC prompt)

    Now when you start the recorder from within Camtasia it will launch the original version with all the functionality that was inexplicably removed

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  • avdi

    In a separate thread I'm being told not only to use the legacy recorder, but to also use Camtasia 2020 to split the recording at markers before then importing it into Camtasia 2021 to finish editing. At that point, there's really no reason for me to have Camtasia 2021 at all - the workflow would go faster using 2020 all the way through.

    I can understand creating a brand new recorder - I remember a discussion about how the old recorder's tech stack basically prevented it from being updated with modern features like resolution independence.

    But why on earth would you remove basic editing functionality like splitting at markers from the studio itself? My whole screencasting flow is built around marking shots in a recording session and then splitting at the markers.

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  • McTain86

    To follow up to my last post, to force the legacy screen recorder to launch upon clicking Record, do the following:

    1. Save / exit Camtasia
    2. In Windows go to Camtasia install folder (C:\Program Files\TechSmith\Camtasia 2021\)
    3. Rename existing CamtasiaRecorder.exe to something like Bad.CamtasiaRecorder.exe (confirm UAC prompt)
    4. Rename LegacyCamRecorder.exe to CamtasiaRecorder.exe (confirm UAC prompt)

    Now when you start the recorder from within Camtasia it will launch the original version with all the functionality that was inexplicably removed

    Thank you so much for posting this.  Permalinked.

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  • DebLQ

    I agree with this thread. My company just provided me with a company computer with Camtasia 2021 as my only Camtasia option, so I cannot even just launch one of my personally purchased older versions, nor can I edit the .exe folder names to turn the legacy into my default recorder (my company controls all of that). The new recorder is not functional for me with the missing options (especially the ability to lock the aspect ratio of the recording area), and while I am glad I found this thread with the info about the legacy recorder, the extra steps to launch it each time are annoying. Please bring the legacy recorder functions back into the default recorder for 2021.

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  • kayakman
    Expert Camtasia User

    launch the Legacy Recorder and pin that to your task bar; then thereafter launch using that icon

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  • scott_darling

    is there an option to load the legacy recorder from somewhere else? New laptop and I only installed 2022.... do I have to install 2021 to get the legacy recorder and then have both versions, which is dumb?

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  • kayakman
    Expert Camtasia User

    you need to install 2021 or earlier to get the Legacy Recorder

    no big deal as the versions can exist side-by-side

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  • Jkittka

    Based on available new features, I made the jump from Camtasia 2020 to 2023.  I cannot fully or politely express my level of dissatisfaction when I want to make my first Screen recording and found "Lock to Application" was missing.   I already need to keep 2019 around to open old projects, now I need to keep 2020 for screen recordings.  Considering that this is a two year old thread and they have nod addressed it, I can only assume that Techsmith does not care.

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  • kayakman
    Expert Camtasia User

    the 2019 Recorder and 2020 Recorder are the same

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