The following is an explanation of the Camtasia file types you will work with when building videos with Camtasia Studio. If you are new to Camtasia Studio, this video tutorial (from the Camtasia Studio Getting Started Series) is a great introduction to managing files and projects.
When you finish a Recording in Camtasia 9 it will automatically save your recording and add it to your media bin by default. If you wish to have it behave like it does below for Camtasia 8, click here to change that behavior.
When you end a recording in Camtasia Studio 8, you will be prompted with a recording preview. If you are satisfied with the recording, click the Save and Edit button.
What you save in this step is the recording file. For Camtasia Studio version 8.4 or later, the file will be in the .TREC format. For earlier versions of Camtasia Studio, the file extension will be .CAMREC.
These files can be used to build and produce videos with the Camtasia Editor, but are not sharable videos in themselves. For example, you cannot upload a .TREC or .CAMREC to YouTube, nor can you ask someone to view those files using a standard media player. Camtasia recordings can only be opened with Camtasia.
Editing Recordings and Saving Projects
After previewing and saving your recording, the Camtasia Editor will open. Your recording is automatically placed in the Clip Bin and also onto the Timeline. If you will be editing the recording, the next step you should take is to save the Camtasia project. Note: This is a separate step from saving your recording.
To save your project, in the Camtasia Editor go to File > Save Project.
Camtasia projects are saved in the .CAMPROJ format (version 9 saves them as .TSCPROJ).
The project file (.CAMPROJ/.TSCPROJ) references - but does not contain - the screen recording file (.TREC/.CAMREC). The recording is the source, and the project is just a bookkeeping mechanism for the edits you would like to make. In fact, the project file is made up solely of text (XML). That means the project is actually a much smaller file than the recording.
If you would like to continue editing your video at a later time, make sure you open the project file - not the recording file.
File Save Locations
Once you add a media file to the Clip Bin, the project (.CAMPROJ/.TSCPROJ) notes the file location. So after you save your project, it is best to leave the media (recording files, image, music track, etc.) in the original location. Otherwise, you will need to fix that link the next time you open the project.
Sharing Files with Others
Camtasia Recordings in the .TREC format (Camtasia Studio 8.4 or later) can be used in Camtasia for Mac projects.
Camtasia Studio 8 or earlier Project Files are not compatible with Camtasia 2 for Mac or earlier.
Camtasia 9 Project Files are compatible with Camtasia 3 for Mac and vice versa.
If you are interested in sharing projects and source files with other Camtasia users within your organization, see the Project Creation, Collaboration and Archiving article.