Convert mp4 to camtasia file

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A colleague has created a couple of videos and published them to MP4 without saving the .tsprog file. I'm sure the answer will be no, but is there any way I can import the MP4 and convert it back? Please??
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tina.dean

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Rick Stone

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Unfortunately it's not possible. It would be like taking a baked cake, then trying to convert it back to the separate ingredients used to create it. 

Sorry! Rick :)
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Additionally, it depends on the video, but there may be some things you can do to help things along. For example, if a caption appears in a spot and perhaps there's a typo, you could suck the MP4 into a project, then superimpose a new caption to mask out the burned in caption. Once you produced after doing that, nobody would be the wiser.

I'd say it all hinges on what exactly is in the video that you want to change.

Perhaps if you could articulate what you need changed, we might be able to offer workarounds to get you by.

Cheers... Rick :)
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Thanks Rick. There are some typos, but I also need to change the length of time some callouts appear - the videos were made by someone new to the whole concept and there are callouts that continue to show after the relevant screen has changed. Just thinking aloud - I might try masking them with callouts the same colour as the background, unless they actually cover over content on the screen... Hmmmm.....

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Assuming the screen isn't rapidly and dynamically changing, it would be possible to export a frame that doesn't have the callout on it, then superimpose it on the video to effectively "erase" the callout.
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Oh that's a good idea! I'll have a play, but worst case, I can recreate it - it's not that long.

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You could also superimpose the original video, but cropped so it only covers the call-out area. Then add new callouts on top of the cropped video. Haven't ever done this, but it should work.
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Occasionally, I have done what David Bookbinder suggested, except I was working with client video where they did not have access to the original Camtasia file or assets. Basically, I recreated the whole thing. I put the MP4 on the timeline and lay new callouts and graphics to match the original. I have to admit recreating some of these assets was "challenging." In cases where the MP4 contained audio, I used the "Separate Audio and Video" feature available by right-clicking the MP4. I re-import the audio to the timeline and when everything is timed out and lined up appropriately, I delete the MP4. Voila, I have a new project file and all the needed assets.

A workaround for recreating the image assets is to export frames from the original MP4 and crop those to show the image alone. I use this as a last resort because quality can be slightly degraded compare to re-created ones--assuming the editor is proficient with image authoring/editing.
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If it's the actual CAMREC file from Camtasia, and you have Camtasia, you can convert the video (called Produce in Camtasia) in many different formats.





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