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I work in technical marketing for Autodesk, and my team is responsible for capturing images and video of our software in use, and then editing/producing for distribution via the web, print, etc. Point being that at times we are capturing on either platform, but would like the flexibility for someone else on the team to edit/produce on another type of OS.
- Can't Camtasia default-save two versions of each project at the same time?: a hybrid file that is accessible from Adobe Premier Pro or Final Cut Pro; and is still editable from Camtasia Studio or Mac
- For your customer's sake, can you share a plug-in for both Premier pro and Final Cut Pro them to open ".camrec" files easily?
I primarily use Camtasia as a video-editing tool for screenshots. I share this inter-departmentally across my company which is largely driven by PC and engineers. Recently, they have been looking at the Mac system though, because they've found that the VMWare program (which allows for Macs to run software in a PC environment) is more stable than the PC counterpart. Besides, if you're a graphics person, a Mac environment is ideal. Why TechSmith developed Camtasia for the PC in the first place is beyond me. I guess it's all about market share and marketing, and NOT about usability.
Or... for that matter, I don't understand why Adobe hasn't developed a reliable screen-capture program ala Camtasia... Why? Because it's a natural progression to film what's on screen and edit. Who knows... if Camtasia is slow in adapting, they'll experience what "Avid" went through when Final Cut Pro entered the scene.
Another correction: If you are collaborating with a PC-originated project, they must extract the media from their recordings. This is done on the PC side by right-clicking on each media recording and selecting and selecting "Extract camrec content". This will produce a slew of misc files, including an AVI file. Use the AVI as your raw media - but I suggest you transcode it to another codec first.
Sorry for the confusion in my previous post - I was thinking of collaboration between PC users in the ZIP file method.
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So now I need to be able to easily move edited recordings over to a PC to do the batch rendering.
Camtasia's choice of having two platform specific editions gives me two headaches:
Firstly, Camtasia for Mac has the level of functionality I want and the price point is just about within what I can justify for the amount of use I'll get out of it. But for me, my main machine is Windows so Mac only isn't sufficient.
Whereas the Windows Studio version doesn't offer me any extra features that are attractive enough to consider the difference in price, and not including Mac support at that level makes it even more out of reach.
I'm not suggesting the Windows Studio is overpriced, I think it's a great product for some people but for me, what I need is the features of the "basic" Mac version, at that price, to work on Windows as well.
I bought SnagIt some while ago and did some annotations to screenshots with it. My boss saw this and instantly bought it as well.
We did not spend a second on the idea that the Windows and Mac version don't share the same file format!!!
How can it be that this use case was not addressed during the deveopment?
(We are also software-developers and use XML-style files for this kind of stuff)
At least a conversion-tool would be handy to exchange the files cross-plattform!
I really hope something happens in one of the upcoming releases.
Same input here. We've got people at work using PCs, but we're slowly changing our fleet to Mac and we need to collaborate on these files :-/ We're OK with purchasing separate Mac licenses for the new machines, but the inability to collaborate between platforms (or even edit old project files as we continuously do), is a really big deal.
Any update on this?
I created a project on the Mac with recordings and editing, including annotations, effects, etc. I wanted someone else who uses Camtasia on a PC to finish the editing. As they use the PC, they could not open the project. So they could not edit the annotations, effects etc that I had used.
This was very surprising. From the comments I appreciate there will be a lot of work in this - the end goal should be to have the project files able to be opened in both Windows and OSX. If there are incompatibilities based on the platform - I should still be able to open a project but be notified about what isn't supported. Even better - when I save a project with items that aren't compatible on the other platform, I should be notified what they are. Even better - a "keep compatible with (Windows/OSX)" option should be available while I edit to avoid using incompatible features.
I don't have an update on this progress yet, but I wanted to post this support article with our workaround for moving files between platforms in Camtasia Studio and Camtasia for Mac:
Please let us know if you have additional feedback or questions on this topic!
cross platform snagit project file import/export between win/mac.
can you import mac .snagproj into windows .snag and vice versa? I think a lot of people are waiting for this, including myself.
Another related question is can you open .snag (win) snagit files on mac and/or vice versa?
Cross Platform Compatibility.
Just adding to the pressure you're already feeling. OSX is Intel based, and so making
applications like Camtasia cross-platform compatible should be a given.
Even eclectic apps like Media Composer, ProTools, and Premiere are
entirely cross-platform. There's only one reason you need to fulfill
this request - because it can be done. While the PC is ubiquitous, the
Mac is preferred by many, for very good reasons. Let's get Camtasia into
the 21st century!
Can I open a file created in Camtasia for Mac in Camtasia for PC?.
I've created a Camtasia project on a Mac (.cmproj) and need to be able to open it on a PC. Is this possible?
They never put any real effort into improving their products. Snagit on Mac remains miles behind Snagit on Windows, and doesn't even have the ability to edit color properties (brightness, contrast, etc) which is pathetic.
The latest release of Snagit for Mac, for which TechSmith wants you to pay $24 to upgrade, has got a prettier UI - and virtually nothing else. Smoke and mirrors. You can see this in the video for the new release, a long 5min self-indulgent lot of waffling about the "design goals" they had for the new release - meaning, basically we made the UI a bit more attractive but were too lazy to do anything else.
This is a company that is only interested in milking its cash cows.
While both are good programs (in their respective ways), I only use them under duress because of this lack of cross-platform compatibility.
Any plans? Soon? (This century?)
We wanted to let you know that a Camtasia cross platform project format is currently under development.
We understand how important this is to those individuals who work on both platforms and the businesses who have employees who need to be able to share their video projects across platforms.
While I can't give you a delivery date on this feature, please know we are committed to getting this out to you as soon as it is possible.
I will keep you posted here if there is any other news to share about Camtasia cross platform project file sharing.
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