I have had so many issues with Camtasia 9 that I am sorry I ever upgraded because there are still so many workflow killing bugs in this release. It would be wise to give the app at least another 6months or so before upgrading...giving them more time to clean this application up. I've had all kinds of issues last night and all this morning. I just rendered what I had > imported it into CS8 and it's running as smooth as butter.
In CS8, I didn't have to worry about parts of my clips being mysteriously deleted (there is some kind of selection bug that caused other parts of my footage earlier in the timeline, to get deleted without my knowing) and to compound the problem, Auto-Save if completely borked for me in Camtasia 9. It's just a hot mess and worth avoiding until they get all the bugs and issues sorted out.
What you can do in the mean time is, when you reach a point in CS8 where it starts acting up because of it's 32bit limitation, render what you have > import the newly rendered footage into a new scene. It's a lot less hassle than dealing with the myriad of bugs in Camtasia 9
like dnashj33 suggested, give the 30 day trial a workout
If it were me and I wanted to upgrade to Camtasia 9. I would leave Camtasia 8 installed.Then, if a video I wanted to edit in version 9 had to many issues. I would make my changes in Camtasia 8.
I would also make a copy of my Cam 8 .camproj file prior to opening it in Cam 9. Just to safeguard it against becoming corrupted and unusable when Camtasia 9 updates a copy. The updated Cam 9 .camproj file is saved as a different and separate file but things can go wrong.Safe is better.
the fact that you had to ask me that question was an indication you had no idea how my files become corrupted through the upgrade process? Or were you just in the mood to challenge what I said?
I'm well aware of what happens when you upgrade a .camproj. I didn't bother mentioning that a new file is created and that is what is used for upgrading. I should probably have said "Both files" instead of all files.
Kayakman seemed to understood what I was saying.
An unrelated thread (https://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith/topics/camtasia-9-still-buggy-and-slower-than-cs8 ) may actually be related to this thread.
Yes, any file can become corrupted but rarely does an application corrupt a file opened in read-only mode.
A summary of the other thread. Choppiness or stuttering in a video being edited. This can be 'corrected' by saving the project, closing Camtasia, and reopening the project.
A summary of this thread. While converting a project from CS8 into C9 files become corrupted.
Relationship. If project files are updated while editing but reorganized only when the project is closed that might account for both issues. In this situation it could be a programming error where elements from each project are being stored in the wrong object or variable. Easy way to test that is to backup the original CS8 project, convert to C9, and see if the original CS8 project is different from the current even if not corrupted. That could even lead to improvements with both situations.