Easily import your files into Camtasia Studio

Hello and welcome to the computers with ease podcast. I have been a user of Camtasia studio for several years now and recently I’ve started noticing on various Facebook groups that there seems to be an issue with importing and saving your files in Camtasia.

This has been a problem for quite a while, I myself have experienced it and have a workaround that I use that seems to be very effective. Even though the new version of camtasia studio will allow you to import many different types of files from many different devices including your cell phone, or tablet and many other devices.

This in itself is potentially part of the problem because each of these devices uses a different format and they may not all be 100% compatible with camtasia studio. Camtasia studio itself understands and works very well with the AVI video format as well as its own proprietary screen recording format called a camrec file.

What I have gotten in the habit of doing, no matter how I record my video using whichever device whether it’s my camcorder, my phone, or any the any of the other devices that can be used the first thing that I do is download the original file from the device onto my computer and I save it on my computer in the original format.

Then what I do is I use a video converter program to convert the file into the AVI format, now there is a free converter from in NCH software so if you Google NCH software you will readily find the converter program in their list of available products and it works very well.

You can then convert your file into the AVI format, and once you’ve done that then you can go ahead and import it directly into camtasia studio and it won’t have a problem reading the file. You’ll be able to go ahead and then edit your files as normal and save them as a camtasia studio project, or what I’ve done is once I’m done editing for the day I’ll go ahead and save the file itself I will produce it as an AVI file and save it somewhere on my computer so that I know where it is etc.

Then when I go back the following day to continue with the editing process I will again import the latest AVI file and continue working. I have found this process to work very well, I have not had any issues with not being able to import the video and letting camtasia produce it into an AVI file when I’m done with the day’s work. This  means not only that I can import it back in the camtasia to continue, but it allows me to preview the work in camtasia or any other video viewing software that I like.

I will say however that the files when saved in the AVI format are somewhat larger then saying MP4, but the extra size is not a problem and it certainly makes my workflow easier and less cumbersome.

I certainly hope this tip has been helpful please let me know what your thoughts are on camtasia studio and certainly if you have any questions feel free to email me at darrell@computerswithease.com Thank you very much.

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