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Don't Download Files Automatically



  • Andre LeBlanc

    Ned Bellavance, This topic has come up before.  I know because I was one of the contributors of the topic. 😄
    What you are seeing is correct... Camtasia is processing its list of "recent projects".  It's not that Camtasia is actively opening the files, but the way that Windows regards Camtasia's notation of those projects (and all associated files) causes the cloud apps (OneDrive, Dropbox, etc) to pull them back down to your system. 
    I'm going to take a stab at the reason: In order to generate the thumbnails for the "Recent Projects", it looks at something in the PROJ file.  The simple act of accessing the PROJ file causes all the associated files to be called as well.

    In the previous thread, there was mostly just suggestions as to how to work around this.  The one I came up with was, "Remember to Pause OneDrive syncing while opening up Camtasia."  Once you have your current project open, you can resume syncing.  
    One might say it's gotten worse since the current iteration of Camtasia has greatly expanded the number of "Recent Projects" that it presents to you.

    I think I had also proposed something along the lines of creating a batch file to open Camtasia.  The first line of that batch file would be to pause OneDrive, and then the second line would be to fire up the Camtasia executable.  I didn't bother to actually try this; I just floated it out there anyone that might care enough to try it for themself.

  • kayakman
    Expert Camtasia User

    before closing Camtasia, use CTRL-H to open the Home screen

    delete any listed recent projects

    exit Camtasia

    next time you launch Camtasia, it will not try and download those files from OneDrive

  • Andre LeBlanc

    Ahhh... didn't know you could do that!

  • Here's Johnny

    Microsoft's One Drive intrudes deep into your system, and system files.

    It Hijacked 5 GB of my files to the cloud in the blink of an eye. This was when I first got my Windows 11 computer, it happened by default. I did not request the service or sign up for it.

    The only reason it didn't steal all of my files? Is because the free file storage is limited to 5GB.

    I have high speed fiber optic internet so the upload was complete in just a few minutes. I wasn't aware it was occurring because I was setting up my new computer and unfamiliar with Windows 11.


    After ensuring the files One Drive hijacked were safely stored in the default folders where they belong, I deleted the cloud files.

    I uninstalled One Drive from my computer.

    That's 1 sure fire way to stop it from occurring. 

    Then, you can always look into other cloud services if you need one.

    How it interacts with Camtasia I cannot tell you. Clearly, the Windows version digs to deep.

  • kayakman
    Expert Camtasia User

    Camtasia and OneDrive actually get along very well; the key is to understand how OneDrive works, especially its synched folders and free space functionalities

    I maintain 2 TB of OneDrive cloud storage, and have over 4,000 Camtasia productions with their associated zipped projects safely backed up there

    For me, the key is to not place Camtasia working files and folders into OneDrive synched folders UNTIL finished with them and they are ready to be sent to the cloud

    As a best practice, I store the zipped projects inside their associated folder containing the produced files [SmartPlayer file set]; this gives me maximum flexibility when needing to retrieve one of these file sets off the cloud, or to share it with whomever; downloading the master folder [which sends back a zipped version of the folder and all its contents] lets me retrieve or share everything; or I can just grab the zipped project file by itself; I can also just grab and share a link to the produced MP4 and it becomes directly viewable; if I produce using burned in captions, then the captions are seen even without using the SmartPlayer

    For me, Camtasia and OneDrive make a great tag team ...

  • Ned Bellavance

    Thanks everyone for the suggestions and comments! Ideally, I'd love for someone at Techsmith to solve the underlying issue. But in the meantime, I think I am going to go with Kayakman's suggestion and keep a working directory locally that I can archive and zip up to OneDrive when I am done. There have been a few occasions where I've wanted to work on a Camtasia project from another computer and having everything synced is nice. I suppose I'll just have to move those over intentionally when I know I'll be traveling or away from my computer.

    Thanks again everyone!


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