Camtasia needs to accept AVCHD files

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Camtasia needs to accept AVCHD files. All the workarounds suggested by the support team don’t work. It's not resolved. I tried everything recommended in the link sent by the tech agent and nothing worked. I've decided to switch to a different video editing software. Handbreak didn't work. YOU need to make Camtasia accept mov files and AVCHD files. It shouldn't be the user's job to do all this file transformation to make YOUR software work. I'm using Wondershare Filmore. It works right away. Give this feedback to your software developers. I like the Camtasia platform, but can't use it if it doesn't read standard video files.
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YOU need to realize that Camtasia is mostly a screenshare and presentation recording software first, and then a video editor second.

YOU need to learn how to spell Handbrake properly.

YOU need to learn other software programs that are video editors first - such as Premiere Pro, Resolve, or Final Cut. (If you bought Camtasia based on cost - look at Davinci Resolve as a free editor).

YOU need to look at your camera settings and see if it can output a different format other than AVCHD so you can continue to use Camtasia.

YOU need to realize that Camtasia works very well, for what it is designed to do.

YOU NEED TO BE NICER
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Hahahahaha oh my god get out of my head 

Way to make most of my points before I could hit submit lol
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When program's don't support a file format, don't blame the software. There are countless video formats and codecs floating around out there. Anyone making videos absolutely needs to have software for converting videos into different formats.

Best option: Adobe Media Encoder. Free option: HandBrake (https://handbrake.fr/). 

I film at 100 mbps 4K. I edit the raw film in After Effects and then render with Adobe Media Encoder--usually at the Vimeo setting for 4k (which drops it to around 40 mbps). Then I'll drop it in Camtasia for final assembly if I'm adding screen recordings and elearning stuff (which I usually am). My point, is that doing any video editing and not having format conversion software is pure madness haha

If you don't have a converter or don't want to install one, then I suggest you film in a format other than AVCHD. It has limited compatibility on a good day and it doesn't support 4K (which means it will likely be less compatible with future releases of other video editing applications). 


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"All the workarounds suggested by the support team don’t work."  Several members of this support forum (myself included) have offered various workarounds -- and we have all successfully applied our own workarounds, so I would urge you to look at the other related posts dealing with video formats.
The bottom line is that you must convert AVCHD files to a format that Camtasia accepts.
I often edit with Vegas Pro, but I don't expect Vegas Pro to accept trec-format video input.  I use Audacity to edit audio channels separately (but I don't expect to do this within my Camtasia v8.6).  I know of no editing software that accepts all formats or which outputs all formats.
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PS - AVCHD is not as standard as you might think.  MOV is no longer a standard format because it is no longer supported by Apple or Microsoft due to security issues related to the player (and installing only the codec does actually allow MOV files to play in Camtasia).
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People seem to fall into this mindset that "a video file is a video file" and that every editor should be able to open and play every single one of the 5,000 formats that potentially exist. 

They also don't seem to understand that Camtasia is like a multitool that's great at one or two things and it's cool it also has a mini screwdriver but sometimes you'll need to set it down and pull out a power tool to get the job done.