19.0.6 Camtasia - Another - PLEASE allow us to move Library to another drive

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If you create lots of assets to share between projects, it eats tons of disk space if the original .tscproj files are large. (Mine are, and it appears to copy those files into the library folder.

So the library bloats quickly, and my C: SSD simply gets overwhelmed with the large copies.

Please allow us to move the library to another drive/folder. 

I know there are workarounds for this, but it's a pain, and the program already allows us to move the data/temp storage.

With the size of video files, being able to locate the data on large secondary drives would be a major win.
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curious ... why do you put your .tscproj projects in the Library instead of exporting them as zips?
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I didn't directly, but that's what Camtasia did when I highlighted a 20 second selection that I wanted to share to another video.  Passing them via the Library seemed like a reasonable place to start, but extra work that way.

Basically worthless for large files, because I wanted to save out some 10 to 30 second segments for building a "montage" from a set of videos into a new video. The Library appears like a great way to share them.

I can see a better solution would be to "Produce Selection" and then just export an MP4 file.

I originally wanted to have all the individual callouts so I could tweak them later, but it chews enough space it's not worth it.

The program SHOULD have the ability to let us store what we want on the drive we wish. I have no issue with it consuming whatever space it needs, I think it's a weak design to mandate the Library stays on the "C Drive Only" when we can put the rest of the video components on a selected drive.


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PS: I can see the workaround where I can save to the Library, then Export them to a Libzip , then delete them from the Library? (Please let me know if there is a better method than doing the two step...)

I haven't tried importing them back in. I assume that means into the Library again when I want to use it? Or maybe I can just drag to timeline? When I look at the Import options, I'm unclear if those assets can be imported to anything but the library.

Hopefully I'm missing something.

I'm also unclear why I have to do all the extra steps when I have terabytes of free drive space on my other drives.

If the Library could be relocated, like the recording/temp files, it's sure much easier.  
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you are correct re the export as libzip, then re-import the libzip; comes from and goes back in to the library; works great; and you can save the libzip files anywhere

if you want to put an entire, intact, Library somewhere else, there is a way ...

I'll preface this by saying that another user has posted a technique that uses a Windows file trick to point the Library references elsewhere; but I don't know that method; maybe that user will chime in here?

otherwise, you can simply copy the entire Library folder and save it wherever

to reuse that entire folder, with Camtasia closed, rename the existing Library folder, then copy back the saved one, making sure it has the default folder name; that will reconstitute that Library the next time Camtasia is opened

I've done this a lot with previous versions of Camtasia; but have not had to do so yet with 2019

FYI, if you rename the Library folder, then relaunch Camtasia, it will create a new, empty Library

if you intend try this, first export your entire Library as Libzip, as a safe backup

Library folder is at C:\ProgramData\TechSmith\Camtasia Studio 19\ ... folder is Library 4.0


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this old tutorial might be helpful ...

How To Work With Multiple Libraries 2017-03-31
https://www.screencast.com/t/WDJ8mtUm
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OK, I can see how to do that and I appreciate the workaround.

It's still a hack, and something that should have been addressed already. That tutorial is almost 2.5 years old. It also means opening/closing Camtasia to move things in/out of the right folders. Not an issue for me, as I'm comfortable with that type of thing.

Forcing us to keep large assets on the C drive makes zero sense when the world has moved to smaller SSD drives for C, and multiple/larger drives that continue to go down in price.

It's maddening for many of us who have multiple terabytes of open space on other drives, and work hard to keep our C drive for program files, not working data.

I do appreciate you posting the workaround, I  hope they notice many of us would prefer additional flexibility.

Thanks for you input!
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I'm with you DBaarns,

Heres something you won't want to hear, but I'm going to tell you anyway.

Up through Camtasia 9. You had the option to store most or all Library assets on another drive.


It was a link to content feature as opposed to moving the Library folder. I used this all the time, as a separate fast drive is the optimal place to store all of your media.

I kept large files in the Library that I rarely used. It was great! Except for the organization aspect.That needed improvement.

Then they restructured the library.Allowing you to create  multiple library's.
A system custom made for link to content. And they tanked the feature }:>(

I have no idea what they were thinking???

What your requesting once existed. You're kinda looking for bringing back lost functionality. More so than a new feature.

I always exported all the Shipped/Stock/Free contents of my Library. Then moved and re-imported them.
That removed all Library assets from the C-Drive.

I'm still reeling over the decision to remove the feature.Anyone with a small or relatively full C-drive. Or use it the way you have described. Has been shortchanged.

I have a 1TB SSD C-Drive. I could opt to store a lot of files in the Library. I want to store the content on my other SSD's. I've got 2 other 1TB's stored internally. Or even my 7200rpm external drives.
Yet my options are limited.

Regards,Joe
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NooooOOOOoooo!!! First they get rid of bullets and now this?!? This is what happens when companies don't spend enough time reaching out to users. Sigh...
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I'm going to piggyback onto the OP and say that I would absolutely love it if Techsmith incorporated some sort of cloud- or web-based team sharing platform so we could store huge library files on our network drive and not clog up our local computers. I have no idea how that would work during the rendering process...I suppose transfer the files to a temp folder on the local computer...i dunno, I'm not a software engineer. Get on it Techsmith for 2020!  

As far as moving the storage location, I just did something similar for backing up my iPhone. I had to redirect the iTunes backup folder to my secondary hard drive in Windows 10. You might be able to swap out the file paths from this tutorial on You Tube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcGfZTcJxvo) with the appropriate locations in Camtasia. 

I have a similar issue with ever-growing library sizes and limited hard drive space on my work computer. For that reason, I would not recommend using Camtasia's library for storing your video clips. I had to build a huge library for several hundred e-learning modules, including callouts, transitions, etc. I then had to find a way to share everything with the 10 or so people I have to train on Camtasia. I basically created a library of libzips on our network drive and a separate folder for video files over 25 mb.

Before sharing the libzip, I move the trimmed video clip to a new track and then hide everything else. I then export the trimmed clip to a shared network location. Then I add all the smaller files to a libzip and put in a placeholder with the file name and path for the video portion. Sometimes I'm lazy and just copy over the video clip and then in my placeholder, I include the portion of the video they need to use and let them split it up themselves haha

Anyway...I'm 100 percent onboard with this idea!