Camtasia is a great tool for collaborating on video projects.
- Camtasia projects (.tscproj) can be zipped up and shared with others.
- Camtasia project files are cross-platform compatible. This means you can share your video projects between the Windows and Mac platforms.
- The Library in Camtasia Windows allows you to share media assets to ensure consistency in all your videos.
- Quick uploading to Screencast.com gives you a way to review and share your video.
The Camtasia project file (.tscproj or .cmproj) saves media, editing dimensions, and any edits completed on the timeline.
With a project file, you can:
- Continue work on a video at a later time.
- Share a zipped/exported project file with others for collaboration including sharing projects between the Windows and Mac platforms.
- Zip up your project to archive it.
- Repeatedly produce and share your video to a number of popular video formats and destinations.
Create a Camtasia Project File
- In Camtasia Editor, choose File > New Project.
- Choose File > Import > Media to add recordings, video, images, and audio clips to the Media Bin.
- Drag media, recordings, annotations, and transitions to the timeline.
- Apply animations, effects, and behaviors to media on the timeline.
- Choose File > Save to save the Camtasia project file.
The project is saved as a .tscproj file.
Crucial Steps for Success: Complete Your Video in this Order
For the best video editing, complete your edits in the following order. You may not include each of these steps in every video project you work on, but, to ensure success, the order below should still be followed.
For example, always import all the media and arrange it on the timeline before you begin to edit the audio.
Or, edit the audio on the timeline before you add any transitions.
- Import images, recording files, video clips, and audio. Arrange the clips on the timeline.
- Make basic edits to the clips on the timeline. Cut and split clips, move clips, add markers, etc.
- Edit the audio.
- Add voice narration.
- Add title clips and transitions.
- Apply SmartFocus and zoom, pan, and other animations.
- Add annotations, behaviors, cursor effects, and other visual effects.
- Add markers and quizzes or surveys.
- Add captions.
Captions are not cross-platform compatible. To share captions between Mac and Windows, you must export the caption file as a SAMI or SRT file and then import the file into Camtasia on the other platform.
Camtasia project files (.tscproj) are cross-platform compatible. However, not all media files and effects work across platforms. Additionally, legacy callouts and captions are not cross-platform compatible.
When you export a project, a warning message appears if the project contains media that is not compatible across platforms.
Non-Compatible Media List
Windows Media and Effects
These are not compatible with Camtasia Mac
Mac Media and Effects
These are not compatible with Camtasia Windows
Camtasia Recording Files:
CAMREC - Legacy Camtasia Studio recording file (Camtasia Studio version 8.3 and earlier)
|Camtasia Recording Files:
CMREC - Legacy Camtasia recording file (Camtasia version 2.x and earlier)
AVI, WMV, SWF, MTS
Tiff, JPG2000, PDF
|LIBZIP - Camtasia Zipped Library Files||
Camtasia Studio Legacy Callouts
Camtasia 2 Legacy Callouts
Sepia, Mask, Reflection, Spotlight, Window Spotlight, Glow, Freeze Region, Device Frame
Working with Cross Platform Projects
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|Share a video project for the other platform||
|Open a video project from the other platform||
Incompatible media displays a media placeholder in the project. If you open the exported project on the original platform, the media is visible.
Use the Export Project as Zip option to create a zip file to transfer a project to a new location, save a backup copy of the project files, or to send the project file for collaboration.
Moving or deleting original files (for example, on a hard drive or network) that are in a video project can break that project. Before moving or deleting any files, open your video projects and export them as a Camtasia zipped project file.
Be sure to select the Include all files from the Media Bin in zip option. This creates a self-contained project with backed up Media Bin files.
Create a Zipped Project
- In Camtasia, select File > Export As Zip. The Export Project as Zip dialog box opens.
- Enter a name for the file.
- Click Browse to select a location.
- Enable the Include all files from Media Bin in zip option to include a copy of all media files in the Media Bin within the zip file. If this option is not enabled, only the media on the timeline will be included in the zip file.
- Click OK.
Import a Zipped Project
- In Camtasia, select File > Import Zipped Project.
- If you receive a warning about incompatible media in the project, click OK/Continue to open the project.
|Define the Scope||
This includes laying out each of the goals, a clear objective, and the overall purpose of the video.
Also, if the project warrants it, do some research and collect data to support your goals.
|Define the Intended Audience||
Will they be familiar with the terminology and concepts presented in the video?
|Assemble Your Video Project Team||
Gather the people together who will be working on your video project and define each role.
|Get Organized Before You Begin||
Create a unique folder for each of your video projects.
|Brainstorm on Paper||
Large, wall sized sticky notes or white boards are a great way for your team to brainstorm and capture ideas for how your video will be laid out. It also helps to gather and organize the beginnings of the video narrative.
|Confirm the Project Timeline||
When does the video have to be completed?
|Create a Detailed Script||
A good script is more than just narration – it describes what is happening on the screen during the narration.
|Create a Video Storyboard||
A storyboard is a way to sketch your video.
|Sort Out the Video Details||
|Use the Library in Windows Camtasia Editor||
Media in the Library is meant to be used from project to project.
When soliciting feedback, be very, very specific on what you are looking for and when.
|Keep Everyone Informed||
Keep all the project stakeholders informed of the progress all along the way.