Camtasia 2020 Template location, renaming, replacing, refreshing

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I'm still getting my head around the new Templates in Camtasia 2020.
  • The placeholder must be longer than the clip I wish to bring in, or else it won't place. It would be nice if the placeholder (or variation thereof) could be flexible, so any length of file could be dropped in.
  • Where are the templates stored? I should be able to access them, like the assets (filed secretly in the Program Data area, heh, heh).
  • I do not create perfect templates on the first go. I want the ability to refresh, rename or at least replace a Template that isn't exactly what I wanted (for instance, the placeholder was too short). In this version of Camtasia if I save my template with the same name I do not get the option of replacing the old one, Camtasia decides to add a numeral to the name. Then I have to re-enter Camtasia, ask for a template, and then delete and confirm delete of the old template. I haven't got as far as finding out if I can rename the new template and eliminate the extra numeral that I didn't ask for in the filename.
This issue is not restricted to Templates. TechSmith appears to decide where my files should be, without checking with me first. For every new set of videos I produce, when I share I have to ask Camtasia to save the file to the folder of my choice. But then I have to [BACK] to the previous screen in order for that folder choice to be kept for my next video. Otherwise Camtasia sends me to the last job I did, back of Timbuktu.
Thanks for listening.
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kayakman, Champion

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templates are here ...
C:\Users\User Name\AppData\Local\TechSmith\Camtasia Studio\20.0\Features\Templates

they have cryptic names; change them to .tscproj and they are just that

placeholders can be shorter than the media being replaced in; my placeholders are usually 1 minute in duration

the templates work just fine, but I save mine as plain old zips; makes it easier to edit them

How To Work With Zipped Templates 2020-04-30
https://www.screencast.com/t/O9gHxeUQQaB

also ...

How To Use Template To Build Out Project Made From Library Sequence Asset 2020-04-30
https://www.screencast.com/t/KP2F9kZ0

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Thanks again for the help, Kayakman!
I'm sure you can point me to the page number in the Camtasia User Manual that tells me where my template files are stored (!!!!).
Oh, and you forgot to mention that I can't even get into the AppData folder until I tell Windows that I want to see Hidden Files and Folders.
But I'm having no luck with placeholders - I can't get any files to drag-and-drop into them, so I end up just deleting them and carrying on...
... and then another round of Save Template - Close Camtasia - Open Camtasia - Select New Template - Delete Old Template - Confirm Delete old Template - Rename new Template.
Are we having fun yet?
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You can delete templates from the Manage Templates Windows.
Just highlight a template and a menu becomes available.

You could add a number to a template with a name you want to keep.In order to duplicate it. Sidestepping closing and reopening Camtasia. You can drop the number later if desired.


To place media in a placeholder.
You have to hover your cursor over the placeholder for approximately  1 second.
The bounding box will change from Blue to Green.
Release the mouse and chose an option from the popup menu.



You can do the same with Non-place card media as well.
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Joe's advice re the color change is key

however, I have better luck by 1st selecting the target placeholder on the timeline, then right clicking the bin clip, or the Library asset, and choosing the desired ripple replace option
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Thanks Joe and Kayak, took me a little while to figure the Placeholder issue out by myself.

My suggestion about Template naming is from within Camtasia, not when opening it.
Haven't you made a Template and saved it, then tweaked it a bit? You have to save it again, exit the program, re-enter the program, choose templates, and only then delete the less perfect template you created. Why not simply have a box "You are about to overwrite this file. [YES] [Rename] [Cancel]." Close box. Like every other friggin' program running under the sun.
That's all I was asking. Rocket science? Apparently not for other design teams.

Oh, and while we're hanging out here, when you're exporting a project to a zip file, does the zip box disappear on you? I have to click where I REMEMBER where the box was in order to view the progress (and when I can continue working - of course), otherwise I get a "Camtasia isn't responding" message. Duh, it's busy but it isn't telling me why.
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Renaming template hierarchy's were discussed during beta testing.
There designed that way so that one can't easily screw them up for everyone else.

Which has some merit with shared templates, especially at the corporate level.