Camtasia needs to be able to open .m4a and .aac files!

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I really love Camtasia, but there's something that bugs me a lot when I use it. It's the fact I cannot use media files like .m4a, .aac etc. I have most of the audio I want to use on iTunes (which uses .m4a and .aac files) and so I cannot use them. Please fix this problem.
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Thomas Heath

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Logan S.

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Hey Thomas,

Are you able to convert these files into something that you can import into Camtasia? If you are using Camtasia 7, you can import the m4a's by changing the file extension to mp3, assuming there is no DRM encryption. Currently, this doesn't work with Camtasia 8 though.
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In order to open M4A and AAC in Camtasia, we had better convert M4A or AAC to Camtasia more supported MP3.

This article just introduce two easy methods to convert M4A to MP3 on Mac or Windows.

In fact it also can convert among M4A, MP3, WAV, AIFF, AAC, FLAC, OGG, DTS, MP3, AC3, OPUS, APE, 3GA, CAF, AU, RA, etc.
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I am not able to convert the files. I have tried to convert the files using programs like Audacity but they have failed. I think there would be a lot less hassle if Camtasia 8 (the version I am using) was able to use .m4a and .aac files.
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Yeah, as Logan says, we can handle m4a's, assuming no DRM. I don't think it was in the initial 800 release, but we did fix it later so that changing the file extension to mp3 would work. I'm not sure why we'd be excluding .m4a as a file extension at this point. I'll open a bug on that for our next release.

I haven't seen a lot of .aac files, but I think that's the same as .m4a, an AAC audio stream packaged in an MP4 container. I'll include that in the bug info. For now, I think changing the file extension would be the workaround for both.
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Thanks a lot. I'll keep converting files for now until it gets done. Thanks again!
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Mr. Tom

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Try converting AAC to mp3 through iTunes. Look here for how:

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1550?vi...
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This helped loads, thanks, but it would still be nice if I was able to use .m4a and .aac files without converting. Still, now I know this it's not too much of a big problem, but I wish I could use .m4a and .aac files.
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Totally agree with the request for native support of .m4a format. This is also the format that Garageband files use.
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Official Response
.m4a files are supported starting with the 8.4.1 release.
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I have created a number of .m4a files in which I have synced images with the audio. With the 8.4.1 release, will the .m4a images be imported into the video track?

I also just tried to upload an .m4a file into camtasia 8.4.3 and received the error message:

"can not load file XXXXXXX.m4a. It is either an unsupported media type or required codecs are not found."
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Vincent NG Van Calck

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I have the same issue. I've got an official licence and can't import m4a files or mp3 or even wav... this is pretty annoying... I'm desperately trying to find a solution but can't afford spending more time on trying to fix than on my actual project... please provide a sustainable solution!

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