Cannot open tscproj files after data retrieval.

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I've gotten myself into a bit of a jam here. I deleted all my tscproj files from Camtasia and emptied the recycle bin. I've downloaded a program to retrieve them, but now that I've got them back, they won't open in Camtasia. During the recovery process, the files were renamed (eg., $RFMNFB9) and so I'm not sure which video is which. When I try to open any of them, I get an error indicating to make sure the file is a valid escproj file. When going into the properties of the file, it indicates its a tscproj file, but still won't open.

Really hoping someone can offer advice on how to fix this issue (screenshots attached).

Thanks!

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Dubie

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If the recovery software could not retrieve them than the only thing I can think of is to do a Restore from a system restore point.

Depending when the last restore point was created, it will put your computer back to that earlier time.
Hopefully the last created restore point wasn't to long ago.

If you try this make sure to backup anything your downloaded, added,  created,  etc to a external source
ie; external harddrive,  thumbdrive or disk...

Sorry coundn't offer more but thats all I got.

:)
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I could be wrong, of course, but I don't believe the Windows System Restore would touch files such as these, would it? I'm fairly sure that all this does is restore Windows itself to a known working point in the event something gets messed up.

Cheers... Rick :)
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You know you may be right in the fact in won't restore personal files.

Haven't had to do a restore for like a long time ago.

Guess should throw that idea in the can.

Sorry Linda :( My bad.
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Yes, I soon found out that restore could actually do more harm than good in this case. Because I retrieved the files from the Recycle bin in my D drive, I'll try going through the retrieval process in my C drive as well. Maybe there's a conflict there when trying to read files from one drive to another. Worth a try!
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You might consider Exporting to Zip on the File menu and save to an external backup drive  or CD/DVD drive before deleting project files in the future. The Zip file contains Everything used in the Project where as the Project file only contains pointers to the other assets used . The Project file by it self is useless unless All assets used are exactly where they were when you last saved the Project.
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Linda Wagner

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A huge error on my part, especially for someone such as myself who backs absolutely everything up! I have backups to my backups! By assets, do you mean all the elements I used in the editing of the file (sound files, images, etc.)?If so, these were not deleted, but I think I've resorted to the fact that the files I've retrieved from my drive cannot be converted back to proper tscproj files. Thanks,and I appreciate your time in responding. 
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if a project file is renamed, that, per se, should not affect it's working; if all the associated asset files [video, image, audio clips, etc] are still in original locations, the project should reconnect OK

using CS9?  be sure and check the file name extension; it should be .tscproj

looking at your recovered project file names, they all seem to have a "$" in them; Camtasia may not like that; try copying one and rename the copy "test"; does that work?

it is possible that the recovery software corrupted the project file
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This is what I'm thinking may have happened. The problem though is that all other files in my recycle bin looked intact and files names kept as-is. 
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I tried that as well, but didn't work. Just tried again, but a no go. 
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If you remember what folder the files were originally in this may or may not work but worth a shot.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGN29qlxj6w

Depending how long ago you deleted the files and if your computer didn't overwrote the space it just might work.


:)
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Linda Wagner

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Dubie, I am beyond ecstatic,  because it worked! Although I don't have a Mac, the principles are still the same! I'm scratching my head, because I am 100% sure I did that, but didn't realize that you had to confirm the changes in a pull-down menu within the "restore previous version" window. I could have saved myself so many hours of work trying to get these back, but I am sooo grateful for your response to my query. Thank you so much!
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Awesome...

Now make sure to backup those puppies so we don't have to go through this again.  ~wipes brow~

:)
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Linda Wagner

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haha, I know! I meant to close my reply with that! It's already done three times over!
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Hello, i works in my  techsmith project from 3-4 days, last night while editing my project, my pc force shut down due to battery problem, and then i again turn it on and open camtasia , and clicked on my last project, but now it is saying that this is not a valid , file must be .tscproj or camproj,   Any help please....................... As soon as possible, it's a very important project for me so plss....
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contact free tech support; maybe they can help?