divide and save part of a camtasia (.trec) file

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Background:  I'm new to Camtasia; I have version 8.6.   I'm successfully making useful videos for communicating technical information.

What I can't figure out is how to divide and save part of a camtasia (.trec) file.  I see various posts on this however I'm not getting it.

My issue is that I want to make big sloppy recordings of myself narrating a software application in operation, with lots of stops start and retakes.  This makes a very large .trec.  

When I'm done recording, I use the editor to cut out maybe 80% of it.  I might add some overdubs, then publish, and it looks fine.  

The problem is that I still have the very large source .trec, which I don't need anymore.  I only want to save the small portion that I'm using for the final product.  Otherwise I'm storing a lot more unwanted video than I need to.  I may re-edit later, however, the "garbage" parts should be gone forever.

I can't seem to figure out how to save just part of a .trec.

Is it possible, and if so, how?  If not, what's the design motivation for that?

Any help with this would be appreciated.

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I think the answer is here:


It seems to say "you can't do it", without being that direct.

However, it seems that the published .wav file can be edited, split audio/video, etc, so, except for some quality loss, it should be an acceptable workaround.  I can always same the original huge .trec is a "just in case" folder.

Seems like it would be a useful feature though to be able to save an edited .trec.  

Other than the user interface, is there some technical reason why that's not easy?
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with your large trec file project [edited] on timeline, use the timeline selectors [green/red] to make a selection of part of the timeline; then, right click the selection, and choose "produce timeline selection as", produce to AVI ot MP4; that will give you what you want [smaller files]; use multiple timeline selections as necessary to process entire long project
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I like kayakman's suggestion. I'm guessing he recommends AVI output because it is uncompressed and maintains the recording quality. If you are going to use MP4, you might want to Produce at high quality settings also.

Another option I've used before is to split the the .trec clip on the timeline into chunks, then right-click on each part you want to save and Add Asset To Library (I create a project folder in the Library to organize them). Granted, you will chew up some disk space but for recordings I really want to keep handy and at full quality source files, it's an option to be aware of.

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