Camtasia: Naming Media on Timeline

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I'm relatively new to Camtasia. I have found the timeline harder to manage than the timeline in other programs.

I notice that when I hover over the timeline objects, a gray box appears stating the "Name:", "Start time:", "Duration:", and "Media type:". The fact that each piece of media on the timeline has name is encouraging.

How do I customize the "Name:" for each piece of media on the timeline? It's killing me that I can't figure this out. I have many callouts and can't distinguish them from one another.

Thanks,

PJL

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Paul Middlin, Employee

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You can't rename annotations like callouts, but if you rename any of the videos in your "Media Bin" then that change will be reflected on the timeline.
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kayakman, Champion

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Paul, re "rename any of the videos in your "Media Bin" " I'm not sure how that's done; could you explain?

I know they can be renamed outside of CS [CS project closed], and then changed via update media, but I know of no way to rename any clip already in bin?
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Hi, apparently it depends which platform you are on. On Mac, just right-click on an item in your media bin and choose "rename". 
On Windows, renaming is not available yet. 
Super lame workaround would be to find the file, rename it, and reconnect the now-missing file in Camtasia (Windows). 
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totally lame that this is a Mac-only feature. So far, I've found the Mac version to be less featured than the Windows version (which is unusual in itself) so I'm surprised this is not part of Windows but is in Mac :(
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A way to do that is by exporting individual clip as MP4 with a desired name, then imported back to your Timeline.
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For me it's too frustrating I cannot rename screen-capture on the timeline without adding it to the Media Bin. Media Bin's purpose is to have a catalog of media I can use in ALL authored videos and not for naming.

If you added this feature together with the ability to save configurations of effects/transitions/etc. we might buy an upgrade :)
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The media bin's purpose is not for things you can use across projects- anything you add to the media bin in one project will not show up in the media bin for another project. 
However, with Camtasia for Mac version 2018, there is a Library feature where you can save things to use across projects (and name them how you wish).