Differences between Camtasia Studio 8 and Camtasia 9?

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I'm training people on Camtasia Studio 8 and the company I'm contracted to is moving to Camtasia 9. Are there any big differences in the steps to screen capture and overlay narration between the two versions. I don't want to redo all my material :(
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Simon Horne

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Jayne Davids

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Hi Simon, I teach Camtasia too.

The process to record your screen is similar, however the UI is very different. Some of the functionality you'll be used to will be different, e.g. you need to change a setting if you wish to give the .trec a file name, and the Preview Window is not on as default. How you access some of the functionality e.g. Voice Narration has changed. This document will help identify the differences:
https://support.techsmith.com/hc/en-us/articles/115000341632-Camtasia-8-to-9-Where-is-it-now
The majority of my clients are on C9. I would highly recommend you download the trial and take a look. You can run this alongside C8, however I would not recommend you open a C8 project in C9 if you still want to edit in C8, take a copy first.

I hope this helps,

Jayne
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to expand on what Jayne suggests ...

recommend you first export your CS8 project as a zip [on file menu]; this will gather up all assets used in the project, including gathering up any CS8 Library assets used in the project; import the zipped project into CS9; this will put everything associated with that project into a single folder; as part of importing the zip, CS9 will automatically create a backup copy of the CS8 project file [in that folder] before converting the CS8 project to CS9

some big editor changes ...

callout text is now edited in the callout in the canvas
captions UI is greatly improved
CS9 has advanced assets like behaviors and device drames
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rg

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The interface is quite different, and while some people prefer Cam9, others absolutely hate it and miss the Cam8 interface (it would be nice if you could skin the interface or if there were some options, but I suspect that would bloat the program).

On the down side, you can kiss MP3 output good-bye with Cam9 (this functionality was removed and is never coming back, I am told).  On the up side, the screen text tricks available with Cam9 are impressive.