Working with Camtasia TSCPROJ and TREC Files

This article provides a summary of the Camtasia file types used for building videos in Camtasia. 

Saving Recordings

Camtasia 9 and Later   

After recording, Camtasia automatically saves the file and adds the recording to the Media Bin.

The TREC recording files can only be opened in Camtasia. For example, you cannot upload the recording files to YouTube or ask someone to view the files using a standard media player. Use the recording files to build and produce a video in Camtasia.

Tip: Always Save Internally

For the best performance and to protect your data please work on your projects from your local hard drive. Avoid network drives and cloud drives while working on a project including exporting. Use external drives for transferring, backup, and archiving only.

Editing Recordings and Saving Projects

  1. After saving your recording, Camtasia Editor opens.
  2. The recording is automatically added to the Media Bin and to the timeline. To save your project, select File  > Save Project.

Camtasia saves the project file, TSCPROJ (version 9 or later) and CAMPROJ (version 8 or earlier).

File Save Locations

When you add media to the Media Bin, Camtasia references the file location in the project (TSCPROJ/CAMPROJ). Make sure to keep the media (recording files, images, video clips, music, etc.) in the original location. If you move the media, you will need to update the link next time you open the project.

Sharing Files with Others

  • In Camtasia (Windows) 8.4 or later, TREC recording files can be used in Camtasia (Mac) projects.
  • In Camtasia (Windows) 8 or earlier, project files are not compatible with Camtasia (Mac) 2 or earlier.
  • TSCPROJ project files are cross platform compatible for Camtasia (Windows) 9 or later and Camtasia (Mac) 3 or later.

To learn how to share projects and source files with other Camtasia users within your organization, see the Share Projects article.