Are Camtasia recordings backward compatible?

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@techsmith can I import & edit .camrec files in Camtasia 7 that are captured w/ Camtasia 8? I have 7.1.1: media properties not retrievable
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Mike S

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No. Current version CS files camproj) can not be opened by earlier versions of the program.
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Daniel Foster, Snagit strategy lead

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Hi Mike - I think the question is about recordings (captures) rather than the edited project files. Recordings typically have a .camrec extension while projects have a .camproj extension.
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Yup, what Daniel said - I said .camrec files in the tweet, not the camproj files. Just recordings in Camtasia 8, edit in 7.
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Camtasia 8.0 recordings are NOT backwards compatible. Version 8 recordings use a different codec that is only available if CS8 is installed.

They *might* work if you have both version 8 and version 7 installed, but that situation is unsupported and not recommended.
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Oh dear. Well, please add that to the Camtasia Studio 7.x.x known issues: http://techsmith.custhelp.com/app/ans...

We have several Camtasia Studio licenses, including one 8 version license. It's really unfortunate that recordings are not backwards compatible: with projects it's understandable, but recordings?

Thanks for the answer: at least this gives some clarity in the case. We will have to figure out what to do now.
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Alright, I guess I misspoke.

So, I think our official response is that Camtasia Studio 8.0 recordings *should* work in CS7, provided you have the TSC2 codec installed. We did some basic testing in house, and though we do not recommend that workflow, it should be supported.

For machines without CS8 installed, you will need the TSC2 codec, which can be found here:

http://techsmith.custhelp.com/app/ans...

Note that the TSC2 codec can only be used to *decode* CS8 recordings. You can not use the new codec in older versions of the software for encoding.

Sorry for the confusion.
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Good stuff: I don't mind living on the edge with software, been using various flavours of Windows for quite a while.

Will test out the above and see if it works, thanks.
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They do not seem to be forward compatible either if they are more than 2046x481... ( They will be ported to camtasia 8, but appear blurred)

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