Camtasia 9 and Camtasia 2018 Files Incompatible

  • 2
  • Problem
  • Updated 4 months ago
I am working on a project with a friend and she just got the new Camtasia 2018. Turns out that 2018 upconverts all older projects and meanwhile, despite being only 1 version behind, I am unable to view anything from the 2018 version.

Needless to say, that's kinda lame.
Photo of Sherman


  • 3 Posts
  • 0 Reply Likes

Posted 4 months ago

  • 2
Photo of Timbre4

Timbre4, Champion

  • 649 Posts
  • 252 Reply Likes
This has always been true; the next generation always upgrades the files in a one-way direction.  Perhaps she can render previews to allow you to provide feedback until you get back in sync.
Photo of Sherman


  • 3 Posts
  • 0 Reply Likes
I have another colleague who uses Camtasia 7 and while some features are lost/broken when I send him projects, he can still open them. If he sends me projects, 9 generally has no issues with it.

I could at least create projects in a simplistic way and we could decide on who would produce videos depending on our limited resources/budget. This time, it's just a deadend and are forced to spend money if not be inconvenienced with piggy backing each other.

I suppose if this is how it is, then that's life.
Photo of bnystrom


  • 186 Posts
  • 87 Reply Likes
Photo of kayakman

kayakman, Champion

  • 6250 Posts
  • 1834 Reply Likes
also see ...

How To Quickly Convert CS 2018 Project Into CS 9 Project
Photo of Dave O'Rourke

Dave O'Rourke, Senior Software Engineer

  • 1417 Posts
  • 373 Reply Likes
Whenever possible, it's best to stay on the same version when collaborating on a project.  This ensures that the files being exchanged are compatible.

Here's another option for collaborating on a project...

You can have both 9.x and 2018.x installed at the same time.  With major version updates, we do the work to ensure that these versions can run side-by-side.  Further, if you have a license key for 2018, it will unlock prior versions, including 9.x.

So your colleague that has purchased 2018 could install the same version of Camtasia 9.x that you are running.  Prior versions of Camtasia can be downloaded from here.  Use the 2018 key to unlock version 9.x.  This should allow you to collaborate on a project using the same version of Camtasia.

Hope this helps.
Photo of Sherman


  • 3 Posts
  • 0 Reply Likes
That is true. I was just feeling leery about sharing my own license key with someone.

Thanks for the help from everyone
Photo of kayakman

kayakman, Champion

  • 6229 Posts
  • 1825 Reply Likes
just to clarify ...

per the post above, you have 9, your associate has 2018

your associate can download 9 and unlock it using her 2018 key; no need to share your 9 key with her

but you would need to purchase an upgrade to 2018

or ... just do the conversions per the above tutorials
Photo of Paul Middlin

Paul Middlin, Employee

  • 833 Posts
  • 184 Reply Likes
indeed; you should not share your key with anyone.