Convert Multiple Videos at once to MP4's.

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Is there a way to convert a large quantity of camtasia videos into Mp4's without doing them one by one?
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Lisa

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Shane Lovellette, Employee

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Thanks for your question Lisa. Yes, you can use batch production to do what you need. You can access Batch Production under the Tools > Sharing > Batch Production menu option in Camtasia Studio.

I hope this helps!

Shane Lovellette
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Lisa

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In my Camtasia for Mac product that we just purchased, I do not see Tools at the top of the screen. I have File, Edit, text, View, Share, Window, Help. And under Share I do not see an option for Batch Production. Any other advise on how to get this to work?

If I open a video, I can use the share drop down, but if I just have it open I cannot.
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Lisa I think Shane was explaining how to do it with the Windows Version of Camtasia Studio 8. I do not have a Mac so I cannot help you with the Mac version but, I am sure when they see this they will get you an answer. Thanks for posting. I was a little confused until you mentioned Mac too. Most of us always assume people are posting for the Windows Version if they do not specify what version they are using when they ask a question.
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Shane Lovellette, Employee

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Thanks Fred! Yes, I was assuming you were using Camtasia Studio for PC. Unfortunately, the batch production feature is not available in Camtasia for Mac at this time. Is this something you use a lot, or is it more rare? Why do you need to convert a lot of Camtasia videos into MP4 video files all at once? The better we understand what you are trying to accomplish and why, the better we can address it in the product or suggest a potential work around.

Thanks,
Shane Lovellette
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I work in research and record all of my usability tests using Camtasia. When I'm ready to export them and share them with my team, the process of export takes a very long time, and is laborious to set up video by video. I'd love to be able to do this batch process on Mac. Please support this soon! 
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I am using Camtasia for PC and in version 9 I do not see this option. Is it available for version 9 or must I downgrade to V8?
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Rick Stone

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Hi there

I believe they moved the Batch Production to the File menu.


Cheers... Rick :)
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Ben Jordan

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Thanks!
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Lisa

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Yes, we use it a lot as we use it for our training videos. We record them in 3-5 minute videos and then need to convert them. I did about 300 videos that I need to convert. If there is a way, I would love to know.

Also for the future. When I'm recording and saving, should I save as another video type or must I export them every time to make them MP4's?

Thanks for the responses.
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Justin Majors

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Lisa,

1. Find a windows system
2. Install trial version of camtasia
3. Bulk process.
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Ben Drury

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Thanks for this feature on the PC version. I normally record videos in .mp4 format, but my Nikon D7000 camera only records in .MOV, so this feature is very handy.
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Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate is a multi-functional converter able to convert multiple mov to mp4 in batch and also convert various sources (e.g. Blu-ray, DVD, MKV, VOB, WMV, MPG, Tivo, AVI) to any possible audio and video format for multiple purposes.  The mac version also works.
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Hey guys, I've fixed the Applescript and the below works for me (more details at http://www.robpercival.co.uk/batch-export-for-camtasia-2-on-mac/).

set projDir to choose folder with prompt "Choose a folder with .cmproj files in it" withoutinvisibles

set myDirectory to POSIX path of projDir

tell application "Finder"

set fl to files of alias (projDir as text)

end tell


repeat with f in fl

set n to name of f

if n ends with ".cmproj" then

set offs to offset of ".cmproj" in n

set exportName to (text 1 through offs of n) & "mp4"

tell application "Camtasia 2"

open f

repeat

delay 1

if number of documents > 0 then

if name of first document = n then

exit repeat

end if

end if

end repeat

end tell

tell application "System Events" to tell process "Camtasia 2"

#click menu item "Export..." of menu "Share" of menu bar item "Share" of menu bar 1

repeat

key code 14 using {command down}

delay 0.5

try

tell window n to click button "Export" of sheet 1

exit repeat

end try

# 1 - none; 2 - axraise; 3 - window menu

tell window n to perform action "AXRaise"

#click menu item n of menu "Window" of menu bar item "Window" of menu bar 1

delay 0.1

end repeat

repeat

try

static text "Export finished" of sheet 1 of window n

tell window n to click button "Close" of sheet 1

exit repeat

end try

delay 2

end repeat

end tell

(* 

tell project of first document

export file myDirectory & "/" & exportName

repeat

set shouldExit to not isExporting

if shouldExit then exit repeat

delay 2

end repeat

end tell

*)

tell application "Camtasia 2"

close every document without saving

end tell

end if

end repeat

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Hi there,
any updates planned on this for MAC?I tried the script above.. but it doesn ́t work for Camtasia 3.
ThanksThomas
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You may want to look at the script and change Camtasia 2 to Camtasia 3?
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I have Camtasia 2 for Mac on Mac OS Sierra, and found an automator action close to a year ago that allows Automator to export a file with settings and it does the job well.  However, I for the life of me don't remember where I got it from.   

Automator is the simple version of AppleScript, but it depends on someone creating the automator action for use.  If I find where I got it, will post a link.  I believe one of my training associates made it for me as one of her projects for school and posted it as an example of interconnecting applications.

Will check for the link after holiday break. 
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I don't understand how this is not a service offered on Mac / that there is *no* automated work-around. A script that allows you to export sections automatically is not complicated, and it's clear from a quick search that lots of users are looking for this functionality. 

In case the programmers / designers haven't considered it: you can't use Camtasia while a project is being saved, so it completely bottle-necks any work-flow. You have to sit there and wait  each file to save, which takes just long enough to add up to a lot of time, but not quite long enough to be able to do anything else simultaneously. 

A very simple apple script could create a service that would at least export sections and name them following a format, which would be a huge step forward, but a full-fledged service that splits into multiple projects, saves and exports would be much better.