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camtasia alternative that can record 3 hours video plus audio

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can you please suggest from your experience if any from the below
https://www.ezvid.com/top_5_free_camtasia_alternatives
would fit the bill to
*record 3hrs straight video on screen
*capture audio also.
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thank you experts..

revisiting this only because of the price of Camtasia.

Camtasia- yes, did good on 3 hour videos and also the space it used to make the file.

camstudio there failed on 3 hour recordings.

is there a study on relative file size between video capture tools? (for bigger recordings like 3 hrs or so)
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John, thanks for your reco. if Camtasia will be the only tool to handle the 3hrs effectively, then that is what we will do.

Joe, that explanation is helpful- have you done 3hrs videos in Screencast-O-Matic, by any chance?
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thank you Joe- that is very considerate of you..

resolution is not as important, but full screen is needed.
should we choose middle of road.. 1024x768.
thanks again.

then I can check how much space it took for the 3 hour video I did on Camtasia trial.
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thanks Joe.. I will also check the Camtasia file size on my end and report back.
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thank you Joe..  i was able to get the info on the 2 files i had with camtasia earlier..

i will have to decide by tuesday, and this is quiet helpful.

camtasia below seems to have taken more space, but due you think it is due to 1920x1080? also does it make difference between avi and mp4?

tuesday on, i will have to record at least a dozen of 3 hr sessions.

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avi file
04:24:48
3.25GB
1920x1080
Data Rate: 1406kbps
Total bitrate: 1759kbps

avi file
02:42:20
2.1GB
1920x1080
Data Rate: 1504kbps
Total bitrate: 1857kbps

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also can you suggest what i wont get in  in Screencast-O-Matic that only camtasia would provide?

i understand camtasia is 10 times costlier so it very well could provide more features.. but for what i described (recording dozen or so 3 hour session, with no need for highest resolution), do you recommend camtasia would make any big difference?
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If you are happier with the lower cost product and it works, you can use that.

I like Camtasia and I viewed it as an investment for the long term. Anything I wish to do, I can.

But feel free to make your own choice.
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thank you experts - quiet helpful.. will put it to test/work.

thanks again for your time and especially willing to do that test for me, joe.

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Following up with a little math, 2,073,600/786,432=2.64, so (other things being equal, which they may not be), I would expect the SOM file for 1920x1024 to be approximately:

Lower: 0.7 GB
Normal: 1.0 GB
Higher: 1.3 GB

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You're welcome. Happy to help. Good luck with the recording project! Let us know how it goes for you. Regards, Joe
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Agree with Joe that I was happy to assist. Good luck.

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off to a good start.. !

I could not see the difference yet.. but on trial with the costlier product, and with the $29 option Joe recommended..

Joe, John.. can you list *all* the items you do in your general day/week/month with these product(s).. so I can get a grasp of the scope of the applicability of these 2 good products in practical situations of 2 very busy/effective tech experts. thanks.
(can you list numerically all the purposes for which you deploy the product.. this list may help me to think outside the box of what is possible to do with camastia or Screencast-O-Matic
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I use Camtasia for very modest uses right now and not in daily use. I was able to get it from TechSmith for 1/3 off the regular price, so it was worth it to me.
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Glad to hear you're off to a good start!

I don't use all the capabilities of S-O-M. In fact, the only thing I've done with it is screen recording videos (and the only place I've saved them is in an MP4 file). If you check my EE profile, you'll find 14 video Micro Tutorials that I did with S-O-M and published here (all are screen recordings with audio, too). I've also recorded "How to..." video tutorials (with audio) for clients, family, and friends. S-O-M has many other features, such as webcam recording, editing audio and video (including drawing tools), publishing to something besides a file (Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, Vimeo, YouTube), taking screenshots, etc., but I've never used any of them. Regards, Joe