Find and Organize Assets

The Library stores assets for reuse across your Camtasia projects to help you quickly create consistent looking videos. Download or save intros, animated backgrounds, icons, lower thirds, music, groups, annotations, and more to the Library.

 

Camtasia offers two types of Libraries:
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  • Camtasia Libraries: The Library installed with Camtasia contains royalty-free assets to add a professional look to your video such as intros, lower thirds, animated backgrounds, etc.
  • User Libraries: Create custom Libraries to organize assets based on a project, video type, asset type, or a company's video guidelines.

 

To add an asset to your video, drag the asset to the desired location on the timeline or right-click the asset in the Library and select Add to Timeline at Playhead.

Organize Assets

Create a Custom Library
  1. Click the Library tab.
  2. In the Library dropdown, select Create New Library.
  3. Enter a Library name.
  4. Select an option from the Start from dropdown: create a blank Library or create a copy of an existing Library.
  5. Click Create.
Add an Asset or Group to a Library

Asset or Group From Timeline: 

  1. Right-click an asset or group on the timeline and select Add to Library.
  2. Enter a name.

    Tips for Naming Assets:

    • Keep the name short.
    • Avoid generic names such as "callout1." Use descriptive cues such as video purpose, asset type, or color in the name. For example, "blue-speakerintro."
  3. Select a Library.
  4. Click OK.

 

Selection From Timeline:

  1. Click and drag the green and red handles to select an area on the timeline.
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  2. Right-click the selection and select Add Timeline Selection to Library.
  3. Enter a name.
  4. Select a Library.
  5. Click OK.

 

From Computer: 

Click the + icon and select Import Media to Library or drag the desired assets into a Library or folder.
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From Store:

Click the Download More Assets link. See Download TechSmith Assets.

Add a Folder to the Library
  1. Click the Library tab.
  2. Select a Library from the Library dropdown.
  3. Right-click within the Library and select New Folder.
  4. Enter a folder name.
  5. Press the Enter key.

To add a nested folder, click and drag the desired folder into another folder.

Move Assets or Folders within a Library
  1. Click the Library tab.
  2. Select a Library from the Library dropdown.
  3. Click to select the asset or folder. CTRL+click (Windows) or CMD+click (Mac) to select multiple assets or folders.
  4. Drag the selection to the desired folder or location in the current Library.
Move Assets or Folders to Another Library
  1. Click the Library tab.
  2. Select a Library from the Library dropdown.
  3. Click to select the asset or folder. CTRL+click (Windows) or CMD+click (Mac) to select multiple assets or folders.
  4. Right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Mac) the selection and select Move to > choose the desired Library from the list.
Delete an Asset or Folder

Right-click the asset or folder in the Library and select Delete.

Deleting assets will break any existing projects that contain the asset on the timeline. The asset displays "missing" in the Media Bin.
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To update the asset in the project, right-click the missing asset and select Update Media. Choose the desired asset on your computer.

Find Assets

Search within a Library or across all Libraries to find assets based on file names.

Search for Assets in Library
  1. Click the Library tab.
  2. Click the Search dropdown to search all Libraries or the current Library.
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  3. Type in the Search field.
  4. The search results appear. To sort the search results, right-click the Library and select Sort By.
Download More Assets To download additional assets, click the Download more assets link at the bottom of the Library. See Download TechSmith Assets.
Sort Assets Right-click a folder or asset in the Library and select Sort By. You can sort by name, type, date added, date used, or reverse the order.
Preview an Asset Double-click the asset in the Library. A preview window appears.

Share a Library

To maintain a consistent video style across a project or organization, share your Library assets with others. Camtasia packages the Library assets in a Library zip file (.libzip).

Export a Library
  1. Click the Library tab.
  2. Select a Library from the Library dropdown.
  3. Select Library dropdown > Manage Library > Export Library.
  4. Click Save to save the .libzip file.
  5. Send the .libzip file to others to import into Camtasia.
Import a Library
  1. Select File > Library > Import Zipped Library.
  2. Locate the .libzip file to import and click Open.
  3. Choose to create a new Library or add the assets to an existing Library and click Import.

Camtasia adds the assets to the selected Library.