Can I copy and paste material between two projects?

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I have material in another project that I like to incorporate into my current Camtasia project. Can I transfer or cut from to the timeline?
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Paul Middlin, Employee

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I'm afraid the short answer is 'no'.

The long answer is that you can drag and drop things from your "media bin" area into the other project, but you can't drag or copy stuff off of the timeline, with all the cuts and edits and such.

If it's a complex set of edits you need, you could export a video of it (all edited up already) from the first project, and then take that video into the second. Trim as needed.

I realize that answer isn't great, so I'll take this back to the team as a request to be able to copy/paste between projects. Might I ask what types of things you need to reuse between projects? Maybe a screenshot or two?

Anybody else need to do this?
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I have been thinking about the same question for some time. Paul, you ask what types of things I need to reuse between projects? It's a common practice whenever you make a timeline edits - be it video-montage, sound/music-montage, screencast-montage etc. So, unfortunately for Camtasia developers, the need to copy/paste is not for a screenshot or two, but for complicated edits. :) When? When you make several concurrent variants of the same material (ugly, but happens sometimes), or want to reuse a good sequence in another educational/promotional screencast.

This feature is high on my wish-list, but not on top position.

Greets!
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I'm using Camtasia for Mac.

Is there a way to move edited clips across projects? I know I can move raw rec files by importing the media in the other projects, but I have already edited clips in another project. Exporting is not an option as exporting will encode the video/audio instead of porting raw edited footage across.

I know there is the xml I may be able to hack with, but I'm not familiar with it so please advise.

Thanks!

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
moving edited clips across projects.
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I have also been trying to move edited annotations with animations from the timeline to other projects for consistency in a series of training videos. This feature would be great, as I am having to recreate it each time, and I'm sure it is slightly different (timing, etc) because it takes too much effort to get it exact each time. Maybe I'll try saving it as a movie as mentioned above, but hopefully copy/pasting will be available in the near future.
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Crud! No copy/paste between projects?!?
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It's all of the build outs of the various effects and animations that is hard and time consuming. It would be great to be able to copy them and move them over to another project. I am doing software training and it would be great to be able to do each chapter as a separate project and then be able to combine the pieces in any way that I want.
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I am going through the same pain. My reason to combine projects is a little different though:

I separated the introduction recording from my video so I can focus on editing the body of it. I did not realize that after taking it out, I cannot combine it back to get the same timeline. This is sad, and should be possible ! Especially because we are able to copy-paste and cut copy stuff. So why not there be a way to copy the stuff in the clipboard into another Camtasia project.

Another thing I noticed, you can only have one project opened at a time. Why not allow more than one instance of Camtasia to be running simultaneously?
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You can have multiple project windows open at the same time via File>Open... or File>New. Is this what you're talking about?
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I have the same issue, when I export and paste the exported sequence into another video, there is a visible drop in quality.
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Hi,

The workstation I am working is less than ideal for editing video, and I am finding that I am grinding down to a halt. I only have a bit more to do before it is complete, and would rather finish it up on this machine rather than migrate somewhere else. I just broke the project down into 3 sections of roughly 5 minutes. For each section, I deleted the other two sections and saved the remaining section as a new project. So now I have 4 projects. The machine is handling smaller projects OK.

I then tested copying and pasting one of the sections into a new project before I started working again, and saw that copy-paste carries the clips but not the effects etc.. I googled the issue, and found myself here. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks
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Hi Mert,

The post was originally about Camtasia for Mac so I hope this is the product you are asking about.

CMAC just put out an update a few days ago and part of this update was allowing to copy and paste. If you don't have the update, download it and give it a try.

Please let us know what you find out.

HTH

Dave
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Hi Dave, thanks for the heads-up - I am actually working on a windows machine. On windows I can copy & paste, but the effects etc do not port properly. I was assuming this was just the way things are ? So I was just now looking into combining completed video segments using some third party software. Would appreciate any other time-saving heads up!
Best
mert
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I managed to do this without any issues. I initially was having trouble and refered to a couple of these posts to see if they could help. Couldn't find anything that actually worked with the quality I was expecting. I then started playing around to see if I could add it to the asset library. I held shift and clicked everything I wanted to transfer to the new video. This included callouts, curser effects, transitions and zoom/pan effects. I right clicked and selected "Group". After it was grouped, I again right clicked and selected add asset to Library. After doing this I opened up my other project that had an intro and conclusion on it and added this "Group" to the timeline with all edits done. I then right clicked and ungrouped the clips. Done.
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Hi Tyson,

That's great and thanks for posting. My concern is that this post is under Camtasia for Mac and this won't work for CMAC because it doesn't have library functionality.

Would you consider creating a new post for Camtasia Studio and letting people know your solution? I'm sure it would help others but again, they may not see under this one.

Thanks.

Dave
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Official Response
To add an official response to this thread (and to reiterate what kurrykid said):

As of Camtasia for Mac v2.3, you can now copy and paste full clips (and multiple selected clips) from one project to another.
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Is there a way to copy FX or animations from one clip to another within the same project? I'm using Camtasia for Mac.
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Now that you can do. Just right-click on the clip you want to copy the FX from, and choose "copy FX". Right click on the clip you want to add the effects onto, and click "Paste FX"
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Oh, I should note, for animations, no, there is not a way to copy animations.
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Today, TechSmith released Camtasia for Mac, version 2.4.0, which includes the ability to copy and paste animations. Animations can be copied from one media to another, and between projects. You can also copy and paste a media's properties.
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Hi, I have the need to copy a full timeline of animations from one project (which was created as a practice project) onto a new project. The animations are exactly the same, they will just need to be re-timed and adjusted according to the length of the new video.

I do not use a Mac however, so i would find it extremely useful if I was able to copy the content of one track from one project to another.
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Hi Law,

In Camtasia Studio (on the PC side), you can accomplish the same thing by:
  1. Selecting everything on the timeline (click on timeline then press CTRL+A)
  2. Right click on any item in the timeline and choose "Add asset to Library" from the context menu
  3. Give the new entry in the Library a name
  4. Open your new project
  5. Right click on your new entry in the Library and choose "Add to Timeline at Playhead
At this point everything from your other project will be on the new timeline in the form of an editable group. If you want to de-group them, just right click on it and choose "Ungroup."

You may also want to remove the item from the Library if it's large and you won't be using it any more.

Is that what you wanted to do?


Conan.

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