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Camtasia 2021 -- Still no virtual camera support?

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  • Official comment
    Robert R.

    Hello!

    I just wanted to pop into this thread to give an update on virtual camera utility/support in Camtasia as we've just released Camtasia 2022 and we have added official support for various virtual camera utilities (which is not the case with previous versions of Camtasia)! If you're curious to see what virtual camera utilities Camtasia 2022 officially supports / has been tested with, then feel free to head on over to our compatibility page as we've listed them there.

    That's not all, though, as we've also added a whole host of other features and fixes and you can read up on them in our Version History page (Windows can be found here, Mac can be found here).

    Not sure if you're covered under an active maintenance agreement or have access to Camtasia 2022? Head on over to your Account Page and sign in with the account that purchased/registered the software, then check the "My Products" tab- if you're covered under a maintenance agreement then you should see a download link for Camtasia 2022 as well as its software key. If you're not currently covered by a maintenance agreement, then we encourage you to download and try Camtasia 2022's trial to see if it's a good fit for you!

    Feel free to reach out to me here or if you're running into an issue, please be sure to contact our Support team. If you haven't already and you're running into issues with this,then feel free to let me know here and I can quickly open a ticket for you or you're welcome to click on the "Support" bubble found in the lower right corner of the Community pages.

    Thanks!
    -Team TechSmith

    admin edit: user Lee's steps below may also work. Thank you!

  • ray

    This is supremely annoying. I have to keep Camtasia 2019 installed on my PC just to record videos. 

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  • Chris Pearce-king

    With no support for automatically dropping out a background in Camtasia 2021 (except for colour drop out), the lack of support for virtual cameras like the one provided for free by OBS Studio is ridiculous. Come on Techsmith, it's really time you addressed this issue. OBS is fantastic and widely used for both streaming and recording. It's capabilities for switching scenes are amazing and Camtasia recorder not supporting it is just baffling.

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  • Jim McKeeth

    I was trying to figure out why my OBS Virtual Camera didn't show up in Camtasia 2020, but worked fine in Camtasia 2019. They took the feature out? And it is still gone in 2021? I guess there is always 2022....

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  • johns

    Could really make nicer videos with virtual camera support. Techsmith, if you're listening, please bring this to all future versions.

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  • Neman Syed

    Wow... I just wasted HOURS working out why Camtasia didn't have a virtual background feature, downloaded OBS, figured out how to create a green screen then custom virtual background (with this really simple video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8798QbmWp08) then have been stymied as to why it works on Zoom, it works on Teams, it works on everything... except Camtasia Recorder.

    I mean... OBS Virtual Camera does appear as an option, but it's just a white box and no camera input of any sort appears in the studio:

    Really disappointed. Other threads have asked for virtual backgrounds for a very long time. I thought this was my painful workaround for something everything else either does or supports.

    Now I have to find yet another workaround at the end of a very long day.

    :-(

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  • Lee

    This is a really stale thread but I ended up here looking for the same issue...so I guess it's still relevant.

    Techsmith's support page says that OBS Studio works with Camtasia 2021 or 2022. I have both, but although OBS showed up in both, I had the same white screen issue as Neman Syed.

    HOWEVER, I think I have it solved using the following process:

    1. Open Camtasia (or Recorder) and get ready to record. Choose a different camera as the input. I have two cameras - a built-in on my laptop and my actual "good" camera - so I just chose the built-in. I'm not 100% sure this is important but doing this step did work for me.
    2. Open OBS and start the virtual camera.
    3. Go back to the recording window and choose OBS Virtual Camera. The preview works for me and subsequent recording works just fine.
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  • Neman Syed

    Confirmed OBS support behaves as expected using Camtasia Recorder 2022! Thanks Robert-R and Lee. :-)

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  • john.haller54

    As one who had complained about the lack of virtual camera support, I was very pleased to see that it has been added in Camtasia 2022. Thanks so much!!

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  • Pazza

    Unfortunately OBS does not appear as an option for me.

    I get an Integrated webcam, Logitech Brio, and Logitech options.

    Camtasia 22.0.2 OBS 27.2.4

    Can you offer any suggestions on how to get it recognized? It is running

    Cheers

     

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  • Ryanryankthompson

    As one who had complained about the lack of virtual camera support, I was very pleased to see that it has been added in Camtasia 2022. Thanks so much.

     

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  • rich

    Pazza, you will need to use this virtual camera for OBS: https://obsproject.com/forum/resources/obs-virtualcam.949/. The one that comes natively with OBS doesn't work with Camtasia. Once you install the above verson of the virtual cam, in OBS, go to Tools\VirtualCam, and start the virtual camera. It should then show up in Camtasia.

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  • rich

    Unfortunately, the latest OBS update (28.0.1) removes support for the old virtual camera driver required for Camtasia. I can no longer get Camtasia to take OBS as a virtual camera. Any chance Camtasia will support more modern interfaces for virtual cameras sometime soon?

    cc: Robert-R

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  • Here's Johnny

    rich

    Did you reach out to OBS. Ask them to reinstate the driver if that's all that's required.

    OBS seems like a pretty solid platform. A lot of people use, like and endorse it. Open source has its shortcomings. I can't understand how after all these years? The recording interface is still a repetitive tunnel of recording windows stretching into infinity. It's the most obnoxious & distracting interface I've ever attempted to use. 

    There is a lot of free virtual background software out there. I'd try one of them and see if it fills the void. They all cut off your ears, hair,etc. randomly. So, the technology may look better than a closet or other distracting background, but none of it looks cutting edge or truly impressive. At least, I've never seen any that impressed me.

     

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  • rich

    For background removal functionality, I just tried the latest Camtasia (2022.1.1) with the latest NVIDIA Broadcast. Camtasia does not even see the virtual camera from NVIDIA Broadcast (but all other software on my system sees it fine).

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  • Here's Johnny

    If you check the compatibility page.

    https://support.techsmith.com/hc/en-us/articles/4818279030285

    NVIDIA isn't listed and { *These apps have produced mixed results. } apply to some apps.

     

     

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  • rich

    Yes, I have referenced that page many times. That page basically implies there are zero supported virtual cameras that consistently work. They state "Camtasia may work with various webcams and cameras." This, along with "Mixed results" does not give me confidence that it is supported. They should add a "Supported Virtual Cameras" section (green) with a list of virtual cameras that are fully supported and expected to work.

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  • rich

    Also, on that page, it is confusing. I see you modified your comment from "apply to all apps" to "apply to some apps." Is the "*" after each item in the Virtual Cameras section to denote "mixed results" or "Camtasia 2021 or later"? I interpret the page as the entire Virtual Cameras list has mixed results, and those with the asterisk work in Camtasia 2021 or later. Maybe Techsmith can clarify.

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  • Here's Johnny

    It is confusing, support for virtual cameras was added to Camtasia 2022.

    I used a off the wall virtual background app { I cannot remember the name, it's not listed } with Camtasia 2021 or 2020. I can't remember for sure it's been so long ago. It worked great but I'd rather clean up behind myself and shoot clean video. I'm not a fan of virtual backgrounds.

    On second glance I read the asterisk to include only 3 apps, that's why I amended my post.

    Why it has an asterisk for 2021 is a mystery to me?

     

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  • rich

    Thanks, Johnny.

    I'll hang tight for now. Hopefully, a future Camtasia update will add OBS 28.x support. For now, my workflow will just need to be more involved. I guess my expectation is that any virtual camera should work, like I see in other software that take virtual cameras (e.g., Zoom, Google Meet, webex, Microsoft Teams).

     

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  • rich

    Using NDI Tools, I was able to get my OBS 28 output working as a web cam in Camtasia. While it's not ideal, it's workable.

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  • rich

    I found a workaround to use OBS 28.x as a webcam for Camtasia 2022. I posted details to OBS 28.x as virtual camera for Camtasia 2022 -- workaround – TechSmith Support. The post is flagged for review (I don't know why), so hopefully someone from TechSmith approves the post.

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  • amazon

    Rich where are your instructions for this ?   I'd love to hear it

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  • rich

    Ya', my post with details is still pending approval -- a month later.

    I posted the content to Reddit. See OBS 28.x as a virtual webcam for Camtasia 2022 -- workaround : CamtasiaStudio (reddit.com).

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  • amazon

    Thanks Rich. I looked at that post and went a ways down the rabbit hole.  It appears this is talking about using a camera that is somehow "on the network"  I'm using a video camera plugged into a capture card on my PC so not sure if this fits my use case.  Am I missing something?

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  • rich

    I use this approach to leverage a Logi USB camera on the same PC as OBS and Camtasia. You are correct that NDI is a network-based approach to video distribution. In this case, OBS is capturing the camera data directly from the USB camera, then the OBS plug-in is taking the camera data and putting it on the network. The NDI webcam tool is then pulling the webcam data from the network and making it available to Camtasia. Keep in mind, all of this happens within the PC's internal network stack (i.e., it's more efficient than actually sending data between two different PCs over the network).

    If OBS is currently part of your normal toolset and workflow, this is a way to let you use OBS. If you are not needing OBS, this is likely an overly-complicated approach to getting webcam data into Camtasia (although, I don't have a better suggestion). For me, I use OBS for video filters, background removal, audio noise removal, audio equalization, switching video sources, etc., and this allows me to leverage OBS as a source for Camtasia.

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  • rich

    amazon, one other thought... If you don't need OBS and are just looking to bring in a non-USB camera... Does your camera have HDMI out? I've found that Camtasia picks up my EVGA XR1 Pro capture device just fine. I can run HDMI into the XR1 and use it in Camtasia. So, I can go out of my Nikon camera with HDMI, into the XR1 and use it in Camtasia.

    What kind of capture card are you currently using? I assume that Camtasia does not pick it up?

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