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Recently upgraded from Camtasia 2 to Camtasia 2018 (Mac). Every time I open a project in Camtasia 2018 (that was originally made in Camtasia 2) it says it has to convert it. 

What are the details of this conversion? What, exactly, is it doing? 

Will the new Camtasia 2018 files also open up in Camtasia 2, or will I need two sets of files? (plan to keep Camtasia 2 until I'm confident that Camtasia 2018 isn't buggy). Thanks.
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Your question hasn't attracted any answers since most of us moved on from version 2 several years ago. 

The conversion process updates the .cmproj file format to enable the many new features added since the release of version 2. It saves the new version as a new file, preserving the old file. If you are worried, manually duplicate a .cmproj file and experiment on it. The source files (videos, audio, etc.) remain untouched. And since you have a backup disk or two, you already have multiple copies of everything, right?

Things get complicated if you use the Camtasia option to save everything into one file. Then your .cmproj file can grow pretty large (gigabytes). Creating multiple copies of those can chew up a lot disk space. If you use that option, consider doing your experiments with test project files that turn that option off.
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Camtasia 2 will not be able to open projects created in Camtasia 2018.  We significantly changed how projects were stored when we released Camtasia 3 in order to support being able to shared projects between Mac and Windows.   In general we do not allow older versions to open projects created by newer versions, because the newer versions invariably have features that the old versions do not know about and will not be able to handle.

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We're just and so still using Camtasia 2 for Mac, but moving onto Camtasia 2018 for Windows shortly, so we're now using Camtasia 3 for Mac to convert our existing projects into a Windows-friendly format. As you're staying on Mac, that won't be an issue for you. We would if we could.

Assuming that Camtasia 2018 for Mac has the same fonts as Camtasia 3 for Mac, one thing you will find is that the Camtasia 2 default font on your titles won't transfer (Lucida Grande), so you'll just end up with blank title boxes, unless you use a different font. Lucida is still there in Camtasia 3, but has a slightly different name, and they're not compatible for some reason, even though they look exactly the same. To fix this, we've changed all our titles to Arial in Camtasia 2, and then they import into Camtasia 3 fine.

In regard of saving everything into your project file, we do that, and we do indeed create large project files, between 1GB and 7GB, depending on length of film, but storage space is not exactly an issue for us, so if you've got plenty of space too, then I'd recommend doing it, as it's so much easier and more reliable.

Once you've got everything into Camtasia 2018, you won't be able to put anything back into Camtasia 2, as the newer file formats are different, to allow that cross-platform compatibility. However, you'll still have the original project files, and Camtasia 2, if you ever wanted to use them for any reason. I'd suggest converting them all, then burning the originals onto DVD/Blu-ray, just so you've got peace of mind.