Camtasia 9 trec file name and location

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In Camtasia 9 how do I save a recording with the name I want (e.g. ABC-customer-naming-standard-123.trec) to the location I want (e.g. D:\Customer\Project93) rather than with a default name to the media bin?  I generate maybe 5,000 trec files a year.  Do they really have to be saved to the same location, with me then having the job of tidying the media bin up if I want to stop it becoming unmanageable?  Why was this facility (apparently) removed as it worked well in Camtasia 8?  BTW, I understand about including the trec files in the project ZIP file, etc., but it just creates more work for no apparent benefit. 
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Lawrence Rose

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  • that this is really going to slow me down!

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Naomi Skarzinski

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Here is a training video I did on how to change the defaults on the recorder, so you can name the file and place the file wherever you wish, if you do not like having your files all in one location. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WB-vcrg4LYU
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You're welcome.
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Before the video I was in despair over the prospect of having to manually move and rename every single trec file - thank you so much for posting this
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You're more than welcome.
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That's a great solution Naomi - thank you.  But it's appalling that they don't recognise that this should be the default solution, and not the nerdy number crap they use.  Another backward step from Camtasia that i wish I'd known about before I upgraded - a terrible mistake for anyone thinking about it - stay with version 8.
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David, thanks for the compliment on the solution.  i would have to disagree with staying with version 8. I absolutely love Version 9. Although I agree there are a couple of things to get use to doing differently, it is so far more powerful than Version 8, I would never want to go back to it. :-)
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OK - that was helpful.  It's a pity that there is now an extra step - i.e. if you don't want the recorder to close each time you need to do an import into the media bin - but at least it's possible.  Thanks!
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more on configuring Recorder ...

http://www.screencast.com/t/9PkqmFrN
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Oh my goodness, this is so helpful. I've even subscribed to your channel. THANK YOU
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You're welcome. :-)
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Thanks for the helpful video.  The Camtasia default is ridiculous.  I do not understand why such changes are made in the first place from one program release to the next.  All it does is cause extra time and frustration for users--something no one needs.  Actually I do know why.  But explaining it would involve some hefty name-calling and the revealing of low levels of intelligence of managers of such companies.  Thanks again for the video, but it should have been unnecessary.
Gary
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Great video of everything but what I wanted: THE DEFAULT LOCATION OF *.TREC FILES!!!! Typical!!

Had to find it myself: My options Box in Recorder says "C:\Users\%myname%\AppData\Local\Temp\" but this is a lie!! The real location is "C:\Users\dmcswain\Documents\Camtasia Studio"
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Great video of everything but what I wanted: THE DEFAULT LOCATION OF *.TREC FILES!!!! Typical!!

Had to find it myself:

Poor you. Poor, poor you. You should probably ask for a refund of the money you paid Naomi for the video. Where is the respect for your RIGHT to have people anticipate what you want and deliver it? As you say, typical!

One small thing though; she made the video to demonstrate a way of saving the videos to a better location. The default location, while interesting, is largely irrelevant to that, though the fact that they're in a folder named Camtasia Studio can be seen at 1:36 of the video. Of course that's not the FULL path; for that you have to wait until 01:57 (another full 20 seconds of your time! Typical!) where she shows you how to set the File Options. And if you open the File Options dialog on your system, you WILL in fact see the default path that Camtasia uses. But she should have pointed that out to you, you shouldn't have been expected to see that for yourself! Typical!

 By the way, you do know that for any files that go into your media bin you can right click on them and select "Details" to see all of the information on them including their file path, right? You can in fact even open their file location directly from that context menu, so finding the location is not perhaps the most epic of struggles.

But hey, you're entitled to have such answers served up to you on a platter. It's your right as a consumer! The fact that someone hasn't done that for you in a video that cost them time and effort to make and cost you $0 and 0 cents for is just typical!
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Great video. Why in the word Techsmith screwed up something that worked well in the past is beyond me. 
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Thank you for a helpful tutorial.  It's a shame that Camtasia does not seem to allow you to prompt a file name which is easily changed.
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Thanks for the great video! I'm stuck on a silly problem and found this post while searching for a solution. I use the ISO date format of yyyy-mm-dd, as should everybody. When setting the Automatic File Name, it only seems to support a two-digit year. (Have we learned nothing from Y2K?)

{YYYY}-{MM}-{DD} should give me 2018-02-08 but it gives me YYYY-02-08
{CCYY}-{MM}-{DD} didn't work either; it gave me CCYY-02-08

Setting it to 20{YY}-{MM}-{DD} works, but that seems like a really dumb solution, and I have to remember to change it every century. Any ideas?
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I support the feature request that {YYYY} should output a four-digit-year.

On the other hand, you've proposed a very useful workaround here. (I don't know your age, but as far as I'm concerned I don't care about the next century.)
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Hah! My odds aren't good that I need to personally care, but the Y2K hassles should indicate misinterpretation is very possible. My more immediate concern is making it very clear which segment is the year in the string, since my European colleagues will insist "18" is the day number, whereas my American colleagues will be stopped in their tracks with a number greater than 12. My fellow Canadians will, as always, not know what date it is and give up. :-)

Not that it'll be a problem for a while again, but dates written such as 10/11/12 just drive me insane. The month digit only became unambiguous 5 years ago, and the day digit will become unambiguous in 2032.
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Having my Camtasia projects and media in the default location fast ate up my OneDrive storage. Being able to move the location to my PC only saved me money! Very helpful.
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