can i route recordings from camtasia right into my external drive?

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so, my normal hard drive (120gb) is pretty full, so when i record,it keeps telling me that it is full(of course).but is there a way so that every time i record, it always go to my external drive?
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erik.groenhaug

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Haven’t my machine nearby just now, but at least for windows, there should be a registry key pointing at the default save area.
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how about mac

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I would not suggest it.  Often the external drives will fail to be fast enough when it comes to writing the last bits of data and finalizing the media.  External HDD often isn't up to the task as the link between the computer and hdd isn't fast enough and/or the external HDD is written in NTFS which even though the mac can read and write to it uses additional processor cycles at the end when everything is being finalized and some part of the process seems to not make it (especially with larger files)  I would suggest using a external drive to store original media and copy the work in process  to the internal drive to work with, create your final media on the internal drive then copy back to the external drive.  Finally delete the media from the internal drive.  This gives you a backup of your work during the entire process and clears everything off the internal drive at the end.  I use automator to setup the backup/ copy.  copy verify remove processes.  Gives me peace of mind that I don't lose anything along the way if I'm using a laptop.  
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Once again, we are talking about changing a single configuration item. The solution is so simple, and so easy to change back, that the original poster needs to just try it.

In the past we took many precautions to ensure performance-remember when, to save memory, we rebooted with various key combinations to make certain no extensions loaded? Or we moved files back and forth among disks like you recommend? Or disconnected the network to avoid any performance hits?

Thanks to modern hardware, these precautions may no longer be necessary. WIth the Thunderbolt and USB3 ports that Macs have come with for for many years now, writing to external drives works great. We don't know what Mac or disk the original poster owns. So the acid test is, just try it.
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I don't use a Mac, but I can tell you how it works on Windows and you can see how closely they compare.

In Windows there is a folder called the App Data directory, which is usually at C:\Users\{UserName}\AppData\Local\Temp\.

In the Camtasia Recorder, on the Tools -> Options -> General tab, the Temporary Folder is set to that path, unless you change it. While you are recording, the trec file is saved to that path.

In my case I have Workflow on the Program tab of the recorder's options set to "Do this with my recording: Save". So when I have finished recording, the file that had been recorded is then taken out of the AppData folder and placed in whatever my current working folder is, which can be wherever I want.

However to avoid the problem that you have, you'd want to change the Temporary Folder path to the external drive.

Before you go ahead and do that, though, make sure that the external drive interface is blisteringly fast and not prone to being interrupted by your system otherwise your recordings may get a bad case of the stutters.

My preferred approach in this case would be to keep recording to the internal drive, but then save the .trec file to the external drive for editing. Editing prefers more speed too, but recording is the more important part. That's where the mail HAS to get through, so IMHO you're better off giving it all the speed you can.

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Mac:


Of course, if you don't have sufficient free space on your hard disk, many operations on your computer will slow down or stop. You should fix this.
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How do I go to that window? I use Camtasia 2018
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Preferences
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Caysson .

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It works with Camtasia 2018 right? Sorry for asking
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Try it!