Can you save Voice Narrations to a specific folder? Change the default?

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I would like to change the default location (which in my case can be anywhere) of the saved Voice Narrations. I would like them to go to the same folder as my screen recordings. Is this possible? Currently mine seem to save is kinds of different places on my C drive.
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From what I am getting from your post it sounds like you are using the Voice Narration Option. Let me know if not. I have tried to recreate your issue as I have never had the voice narration when I use that feature just randomly save it in different places on my C: Drive.

When you are done recording your voice narration using that feature and click on the stop button it should have a popup screen asking you where you want to save the recording file to and offer you to also name that file. Then you should be able to save it where you have saved your screen recording. Hope this makes sense and if not can you possible give more details and screenshot or small video. Sorry to hear of your issue and let us also know which version of Camtasia you are using. Have a great day/night.
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I guess I could have been clearer, sorry... I'll record a voice narration.... I will hit stop and I'm prompted to save the new narration. Now it defaulted to one folder. So I can save it to another but I have to 're-route' to the new folder every single time. In order to do that I have to navigate to the folder and then rename it. I was wonder if there were a setting where I could set it up to go to the folder I actually want... so it will name it correctly and I can just hit save. This option is available for the video captures but I dont see that option for voice narrations. That I can figure out anyway! haha
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It always goes to the default voice narration folder for me.

The is no way to change the default folder from within the program that I am aware of.

I don't use this feature myself and record my narrations during a recording or use Audacity and then import it as a .wav into Camtasia and sync it.

This you may want to post as a Idea.
I can see where saving to a default folder of your own choice would be useful.

Dubie:)
 

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I think I will. At least in my case having the option for voice narrations that you have for video capture would be very valuable. Thanks for everyone's awesome and quick feedback!
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I agree it would be nice to be able to specify the destination folder; here is how I handle the current behavior ...

How To Handle Voice Narrations In Camtasia 2018 2019-04-05
https://www.screencast.com/t/zs3rxpJN

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With situations such as this, until it changes all we have are workarounds.

Something to consider is to exploit Windows' ability to create shortcuts to other folders or to add a specific folder to the Windows "Quick Access" so you may more easily navigate to the folder of your choice.

I just tested by creating a shortcut in the programmed save location and it does nicely appear and allows me to double-click the shortcut to easily navigate to the folder I actually want.



Cheers... Rick :)
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Yep this is exactly what Im doing!
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there is actually a way to get Camtasia 2018 to do what you want re voice narrations going into a pre-designated folder; but you have to cheat mother nature to get the behavior you want; accordingly, the following is offered in the "for what it's worth" category; but it might be worth trying  ...

How To Make Camtasia 2018 Save Voice Narrations Into A Targeted Folder 2019-04-05
http://www.screencast.com/t/3lmnxpdP5Fj

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I like it.
It looks like you would have to do this at the beginning of every new project. Is that how it works for you?

I had no problem changing the default folder to another drive.
That was very cool.


I store all my recordings,media and project files on a separate internal SSD. I named it M for media drive.


But as soon as I loaded a new project.Voice narrations defaulted to the C drive.

Which also makes me wonder if projects might become broken after maintenance updates?

Thoughts?
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once I do the zip thing, then saving a new project to some folder location, even on a different drive, will set the voice narration directory to the same location where the project file was saved; this protocol seems to work even for new projects that are named and saved in new Camtasia instances

so it seems that the voice narration save location is tied to the folder where the project file is saved in; if you work on a saved project, then do a save-as to a different folder, even one one a different drive, then that also changes the target directory for the voice narrations

so if you want all Recorder captures and all voice narrations to go to same destination folder, point Recorder at the desired folder, and also save the project file into that same folder

for me, this makes post-project-work file cleanup easier; after zipping a project, I can just clean out everything in the directory, and start over with a fresh project
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Okay thanks for the explanation.
My workflow is different.I keep all my projects in a separate file.

Its a neat way of doing it.I don't know why TechSmith won't implement allowing users to change file location?
Anyone with a small ssd could benefit from it.
Its also better to keep ALL your project media on another internal "Preferably ssd" instead of the C-drive.
That way the operating system, and Camtasia have the C-Drive all to themselves.
 
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I find that this behavior also affects the initial target folder for other actions, like when you export all audio [share menu/export audio only]
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Yeah, its not for me.
TechSmiths default folder structure is more organized. I record narration as I record my screen.
If I use narration in Camtasia its only to correct a few mistakes. I don't see any real benefit in working that way for myself.
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I too only do a few voice narrations; generally, don't care where they go because I'm usually done with them when finished with the project, and it's been zipped [if appropriate]
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Some good stuff here! Thanks Kayakman! I wish I would have asked this question 3 years ago when I started all this work. I think if I would have started everything of differently I would be in better shape. But, alas, I'll do what I have to do. I will just keep rerouting the voice narration everytime. Maybe if I can get a few days to re-route ALL my files I will... doubt the boss will approve that though! LOL