Camtasia project file unsaved before windows update restart computer. File corrupted. Help!

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I was editing a captured ***.tscproj project file in Camtasia and windows update just immediately restart the computer before I could save and close it properly. After restarting, I can see a 362 kb ***.tscproj in my local drive but when I tried to open it, a window will prompt saying "The project file cannot be opened. Make sure the selected file is a valid tscproj or camproj". It looks like the file is corrupted due to the sudden close but since the file size is 362 kb, I think all the captured data/frames are saved but was not formatted properly with the header information or something. Can anyone help with recovering this? 
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look in your auto saved project folder ... see menu edit/preferences/open auto saved folder

if there is a project there, try that one

otherwise, you should still have your original source media [like captured video .trec?]

if so, recommend you cut your losses and just start a new project using the original media, and edit again
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look in Camtasia Recorder's tools menu ... options, general tab, file options, look in the path shown in "output folder"
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I found it! Hooray! saw most of the recorder files (.trec) in that folder, but I guess the edit cuts are gone, which is OK. Thanks so much! You just save me 3 hours! Thanks a lot!
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when you edit a project, those edits are described within the project file [.tscproj]; however, the original media files are not modified; if you lose the .tscproj, you lose any edits
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Fangshi Zhu

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Got it. Apparently separating the edits and captured frames is a good design and the only reason I have still having my files. Thanks!
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Safe this time. For added protection, please consider a cloud service, with auto syncing files. This way, no matter what happens, your files are in a source location, retrievable form any terminal. I personally use Acronis on all our network terminals. 
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I find it a good Habit to Save the Project every few minutes with Ctrl+S 
When things go awry, as they occasionally do,  I only lose what I did the last time I hit  Ctrl+S
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YES! I was stupid not to do so. I enable the software auto-save every 2 mins though but I guess when software crash abnormally, it may mess up with data file format.