Compatibility between Camtasia 9 and Camtasia Studio 8.4

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I collaborate with a number of different people. If I upgrade to Camtasia 9, will I be able to load .camproj files created in Camtasia Studio 8.4? Similarly, is there a way to export project files from Camtasia 9 (assuming they don't use any of the new effects that are not part of v8) in .camproj format that would allow my collaborators to make additional edits in 8.4? I know it is possible to share mp4 files but it is sometimes necessary to be able to edit effects that are otherwise baked into the mp4.

I searched a lot in these and other forums, for instance https://support.techsmith.com/hc/en-us/articles/227109847--Camtasia-8-to-9-Where-is-it-now-, but could not find what appears to be a definitive answer to either. Thanks for sharing any experiences that people using v9 might have in this area.
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Joe Morgan

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Camtasia 9 projects are not backward compatible. You cannot open a Cam 9 project in Cam 8.

There are a number of factors involved when converting a Cam 8 project by opening it in Cam 9 for further editing.

The best way to pin down some of the specifics you have mentioned is to talk to tech support.

 It's always best to make a copy of your Cam 8 project before attempting to open it in Cam 9.That way, if the file becomes corrupted during the conversion process you have a back up of your work.

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I do see many programs that have in their "Save As" to an older version of their program.

I had not thought of this but I can see where you may be sharing Project files with someone who has not upgraded to Camtasia 9 but you need them in your process to help with your production of a video.
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Thanks Joe and rlinternational2.  This is exactly the information I need.  I am just trying to gather basic information at this point and will reach out to Tech Support when we resume working.   Eventually we will all have version 9, but for various reasons it will not be possible for this to happen at the same time.
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This is crazy.  How can you release a new version and that doesn't allow you to open your current work.  Well done TechSmith!
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you cannot open any CS9 project in CS8

your post above suggest your problem was that CS9 could not open a CS8 project?

did I misunderstand? could you clairify?
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Sorry - other way around ... 8 does not recognize 9 which is a pain for me as my studio laptop has 9 while our desktops have 8 so I cannot work on/edit files on anything outside of the laptop. 

Just annoying that they are incompatible .... 
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While it may be annoying, hopefully you understand the reasoning behind it. Sure, we see backward compatibility with Microsoft products, but TechSmith is nowhere near the scale of Microsoft. But when you add new features and functionality, the underlying code structure changes. And with new things such as Behaviors, as well as the whole core of the application being now only 64 bit, I could easily fathom that it's no simple task to maintain backward compatibility.

Note that I'm a simple user same as you. I am not a TechSmith employee. Just a customer and a fan of their products.

Cheers... Rick :)
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just a thought, but your CS9 license can go on 2 systems; you just cannot be using both at same time
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Michelle

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Good to know - I have a ticket in with IT now ... 
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I agree with the post above

I would not trust now upgrading version 8 to 9, as we have a lot of material created in version 8. and reading the responce above (quoted below) I see that there might be quite some issues if I need to edit videos created in version 8.

Now, what I need to know - if we can still download and purchase the version 8 Studio licenses for our company.

We need to have one consistent version throughout the company, to be able to collaborate productively and not spend time talking to techmith support trying to solve issues that might occur if we are workign with different versions.

"There are a number of factors involved when converting a Cam 8 project by opening it in Cam 9 for further editing.
The best way to pin down some of the specifics you have mentioned is to talk to tech support.
 It's always best to make a copy of your Cam 8 project before attempting to open it in Cam 9.That way, if the file becomes corrupted during the conversion process you have a back up of your work"

Regards
Anna
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Yes you can. If you needed additional Camtasia 8 licenses for some reason.

 What you  would need to do is purchase Camtasia 9 licenses. Then you could download and install Camtasia 8 and activate it using your Cam 9 Activation Key.

You can download and install a new or an older version from this link.

https://www.techsmith.com/download/oldversions



Any legally owned activation key can activate the version it was purchased for. Plus, any and all previous versions of the same program.

Be aware that official support for Camtasia 8 has expired.Your talking about somthing that to me is a bit of a unique situation.
I'm not sure how much help tech support may be willing to provide under circumstances such as yours. You could always contact them and say Hey, I'm concidering purchasing Cam 9 to activate Cam 8. Will you still help us with Cam 8 if needed?
 
Regards,Joe