Question for those who have used Camtasia on Mac and PC

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I just made the move from PC to Mac.

So far so good, except I can't share my Camtasia files between the mac and pc as they are completely different.

Since I already have a ton of videos created with Camtasia I find myself using my old pc for Camtasia and my new mac for everything else.

But I'd rather not keep it that way. My mac is a much better machine.

So... what do you recommend:

1. Switch to Mac (but then it will be a pain to edit old videos)

2. Install Windows on my Mac and use Camtasia with Windows

Another consideration is that most of my students use Windows, and my videos are mostly over-the-shoulder type lessons. So maybe the second option would be better for them.

What are the pros and cons?

TIA

Sara
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  • Profile picture of the author Mack
    I'd go with the second option. Although I do have a friend who's done that with his Mac and it's caused some problems with the entire computer...

    I'm not into Mac's (despite my name :p) so I'm not sure if this was a freak occurrence or something that happens quite often.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sagar Mehta
    I have a spare laptop (not a stellar processor, just the basics and it's a 13") that has Windows on it which I use to do any Win specific stuff that comes up.

    It turns out to be easier and way less messier than running Windows on the Mac believe me.

    Not sure if that would be the best option for you, but thought I'd add this as a quick tip
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  • Profile picture of the author Sara Young
    Thanks, Sagar. Can you tell me why running Windows on a Mac is messy?
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    • Profile picture of the author Sagar Mehta
      Originally Posted by Sara Young View Post

      Thanks, Sagar. Can you tell me why running Windows on a Mac is messy?
      Well, what I personally don't like is the fact that I can use either OS X or Windows at a time. So if I wanted use Camtasia, I'd have to boot into Windows during startup.

      So basically, am using my Mac as a Windows machine instead of running Windows software on it.. if that makes sense

      To me, that isn't a smooth experience.

      Plus, you still need a legit copy of Windows to do it, so why buy it off the shelf instead of getting a laptop with a legit copy on it, pre-installed and ready to go (not to mention the whole process of having to install Bootcamp, doing the partition and then installing Windows myself - I can do it, but don't want to).

      AND you get a backup work laptop in the process in case you ever get stuck or something

      Sagar
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  • Profile picture of the author alamest
    I think you should trying installing in your Mac and see whether you are comfortable with it or not.. if you are comfortable using Mac (cause i don't like mac) then you install and test it..if not happy then go the second option..
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  • Profile picture of the author Sara Young
    Thanks, all. Yesterday I had a webinar with gotowebinar. As I exited - the program crashed and left no recording. I called them and they said it was a known issue with the Mac.

    Not sure anymore that switching to Mac was a good idea, but I'll keep it for now...
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  • Profile picture of the author Sagar Mehta
    More like an issue with GotoMeetings's Mac version I'd say ;-)

    You may wanna look into join.me and Glance (glance.net) if you do a lot of meetings - they work like a charm on Mac & PCs.

    And believe me, you'll starting loving the Mac as you continue using it. I wasn't sure in the beginning myself, but it's a smooth, sorted out OS on a powerful machine. It works really nicely, and without the usual viruses, malware and Blue Screen of Deaths of Windows.

    Sagar
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