Camtasia (Windows): Moving recordings between Camtasia Studio on Windows and Camtasia for Mac

Camtasia Studio 8.4.0 and Camtasia for Mac 2.8.0 and Later

Camtasia on PCand Mac now record to the .TREC format.  These .TREC files can be editing on both products.  For example, you can record a .TREC file on the PC and edit it on the Mac.  You can record a .TREC on the Mac and edit it on the PC.  Here is a helpful video to help with moving TREC files from the Mac to PC.

Camtasia Studio 8.3.0 and Camtasia for Mac 2.7.2 and Previous

The recording and project file formats in Camtasia Studio for Windows and Camtasia for Mac are not compatible at this time. We recommend the following process to share recording and source files between the Windows and Mac platforms. NOTE: TechSmith only supports sharing files between Camtasia Studio version 6.0.3 or later and any version of Camtasia for Mac.

  • On either platform, you can produce to a QuickTime movie or MP4 video or AVI file that you can import into the other program.
  • In Camtasia Studio, if you change your recording format to AVI, you can import these AVI files directly into Camtasia for Mac. For existing .camrec files, open them in Camtasia Studio, right-click in the Clip Bin and choose "Extract camrec contents" to extract the AVI file, which can be imported into your Camtasia for Mac project.
  • Camtasia for Mac recordings made with version 1.2.1 or earlier can be imported into Camtasia Studio without any configuration changes. Camtasia for Mac 1.2.2 introduces a new video codec which cannot be directly opened with Camtasia Studio 7 and earlier.

Importing Camtasia for Mac files into Camtasia Studio

  • Camtasia 1.2.1 or earlier: Screen video, camera video, and audio components from recording file: In Finder, select the Camtasia Recording file (.cmrec). By default these are saved into the /Users/<your username>/Movies folder. Right/control-click and select Show Package Contents. Import screen.mov (screen video), camera.mov (camera video), and audiotrack0.wav (audio).
  • Camtasia 1.2.2 or later: Original screen recordings cannot be directly imported. Export to mp4 to bring into Camtasia Studio.
  • Export from Camtasia for Mac: Select Share > Advanced Export > Export to QuickTime Movie to create an MOV file, Share > Export to create an MP4 file, and Share > Advanced Export > Export to AVI to create an AVI file. We recommend setting the canvas size and scaling the recording to 100% so the exported file has the same dimensions as the original recording for best output quality. See this article for more information.

Importing Camtasia Studio files into Camtasia for Mac

  • AVI recordings: In Camtasia Recorder, select Tools > Options > Capture tab > Save as .avi (version 6) or Tools > Options >General tab > Record to: .avi (version 7.)
  • Extract AVI from CAMREC recording files: In Windows Explorer, right-click on the .camrec file and select Extract. An .avi file is created in the same folder. In Camtasia Studio, right-click the camrec in the Clip Bin and select Extract camrec contents. If you have System Audio recorded, there will be a WAV file and a webcam capture will be a WMV file. A System Audio WAV can be directly imported to Camtasia for Mac; a WMV can be imported if the Flip4Mac QuickTime components are installed. See this article for more information.
  • Output from Camtasia Studio as MP4, QuickTime MOV, or AVI: Produce the contents of the Camtasia Studio timeline in the Production Wizard. Choose Custom production settings and the desired format. We recommend setting the Editing Dimensions to the Recording Dimensions when you add the recording to the Timeline so the exported file has the same dimensions as the original recording for best quality output. See this article for more information.

Additional Information

  • Both Camtasia Studio 7.1 and Camtasia for Mac support SAMI and SRT files for captioning. To transfer captions from one project to another, export to SRT or SAMI and import that file into the other project. Caption import and export is not available with Camtasia Studio 6.
  • Some QuickTime codecs are Mac-only, such as Apple Intermediate, Pixlet Video, and ProRes. When exporting to QuickTime, use a code that can be opened on Windows. Animation often works well for flat color screen graphics.
  • Exporting to a video "flattens" any callouts, transitions, title clips, filters, actions, zoom and pan effects, audio adjustments, cuts, clip speed adjustments, Picture-in-Picture effects and other editing, so those are no longer editable. Interactive features implemented with Flash such as quizzes and surveys, hotspots, end actions, and SCORM output cannot be moved from platform to platform.
  • The mouse cursor is burned into recordings made in Camtasia for Mac and will always be visible. AVI files extracted from Camtasia Studio 7 camrec files do not have a mouse cursor unless the recording option to make cursor effects editable is disabled. Produced video from Camtasia Studio 7 or screen captures made in Camtasia Studio 6 will use the cursor effects settings from Camtasia Editor (CS7) or Camtasia Recorder options (CS6.) The mouse cursor cannot be edited when moving recordings cross-platform.
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