Can clip bin assets be linked using relative path, instead of absolute?

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I have to copy my camtasia file and assets to an FTP server for my clients to download and view. Whenever they open on their computers, it says that all the items in the clip bin are missing.

Can I configure Camtasia to use relative paths in the links to item in the clip bin, instead of absolute paths?
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mickyfokken

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Ryan Eash, Instructional Designer

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When sharing project files, or moving them to another computer, I recommend Exporting them as a zip file first. Here's a tutorial that will show you how to do this in Camtasia Studio.

http://www.screencast.com/t/LKedgqMF (1:36)

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Micky, also remember that your Camtasia project is a "work-in-progress" and not a finished video. It is not intended for sharing. You can always Produce and share (or Export in Camtasia for Mac) to a finished video that others can easily view.
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Is there a reason why absolute paths are used? In adobe dreamweaver, for example, I can choose between relative and absolute paths.

For the record, we share our Camtasia files because more than one person has the ability and skills to update it.

When the file is unzipped, where does it place the clip bin assets? In the same folder as the Camtasia file? I hope not, because we like to keep our assets in a different folder, just like we typically do on our web server.

Micky
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When you zip and unzip an archive project, you can specify the destination folders.
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I tested it, and even though I can specify where the camtasia file and assets are saved, I cannot specify to store the assets in a different folder than the camtasia file.
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Perhaps I did not correctly understand your question?

When you say "camtasia file" are you referring to a project's .camproj file?

If so, after unzipping, all project files [assets], including the unzipped .camproj, will be in the same destination folder.

Unzipping the project also loads it onto the timeline.

So to make a new .camproj in a different directory [leaving all the assets and original .camproj in the unzipped destination directory, just save the loaded project to a new directory destination. This will create just a new .camproj file in the designated location.

Is that what you're looking for?
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mickyfokken

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Oh yeah. Ummmm...it's late. :-P

thanks for your help. that's a good workaround for now. Still wish I didn't have to zip and unzip. That would be like having to zip and unzip a powerpoint file that has a video file linked to it. none of the MS office apps require it.

It's a nice feature, but at the same time, by using relative links, we wouldn't be required to use it.
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Zipping and unzipping doesn't solve my problem. We have a team developing an extensive suite of videos. We are sharing projects on Microsoft OneDrive. The clip bin - even after zipping and unzipping files - still has the absolute file references to my local copy of the project, not the OneDrive copy.
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I haven't tried referencing OneDrive, but, when you imported the zip archive, did you specify OneDrive as the extract destination?