Editing Camtasia files in Premiere

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I am trying to do some editing in Premiere Pro, but after I import the files into Premiere, they have some terrible glitches and artifacts, and are practically unusable. I need to do some serious audio narration on some of my captures, but this makes it impossible. I don't want to re-encode them in Camtasia Studio just to do these edits.
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Christopher,

What file format are you taking into Premiere? Also, which version of Camtasia Studio and Premiere are you using?

I'd like to try to reproduce, but I need some more information about your workflow.
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I agree with Dave (not he he needs me too ;-) We need more info.

It should be working in PPro...I use it all the time. Have to tried exporting as an MP4 file?

HTH
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Hey, thanks for the quick response. Basically, I'm using Camtasia 8 recorder, bringing the standard .avi files they produce (Techsmith Screen Codec 2) and dropping the files into Premiere Pro. They look glitchy in Premiere, and when I output them as an export video file. Should I use TechSmith Screen Capture Codec instead of the "version 2"? I think i answered my own question though. I think that's why it was working in version 7. I think the "Version 2" is not compatible with Premiere.
Again, thanks for the quick response, Dave and "kurrykid"!
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mp4 should work pretty well in PPro (even though it's compressed).
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I'm using Sgnait 8 and when I record a file and import my video into Adobe Premier CS 6 the font on my recording is distorted.  Snait wasn't installed on the computer that my Adobe Premier is on and I found some information stating the codec had to be installed because Snagit uses TSCC-encoded AVI files. I had the codec installed on the Adobe Premier computer and nothing has changed.  Does Snagit 8 work with Adobe Premier CS 6? 
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Same issue for me. Recording with Camtasia directly to an .avi (not to a .trec file) using the Techsmith Screen Codec 2 (from Tools | Options | Inputs | Video Settings). The resulting .avi plays fine in Windows Media Player, imports and edits fine in Sony Vegas, but when played in Adobe Premiere Pro gets terrible artifacts in preview and export. The artifacts I see are affecting dialog boxes I open inside an application. When I scroll or even move the mouse most of the dialog disappears and small areas appear mostly where the mouse is moving.
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I have this problem too, with Camtasia 8.1 and 8.3, two different machines used to record. Directly saving the output of Camtasia Recorder (not using Studio at all), to an avi container. I've tried Techsmith Screen Capture Codec, Techsmith Screen Codec 2 and Microsoft Video 1. All three codecs have the problem. I have to open Camtasia Studio and "re-encode" and then everything is fine. Oddly, I don't have this issue editing the files in Vegas Pro, nor watching in VLC and windows media player. I feel like it could be a Premiere issue, but not sure. 

ffprobe on the file before:

Input #0, avi, from 'verify.avi':  Duration: 00:01:09.13, start: 0.000000, bitrate: 390 kb/s
    Stream #0:0: Video: tscc2 (tsc2 / 0x32637374), yuv444p, 1024x768, 15 tbr, 15
 tbn, 15 tbc
    Stream #0:1: Audio: pcm_s16le ([1][0][0][0] / 0x0001), 22050 Hz, 1 channels,
 s16, 352 kb/s

and after:

Input #0, avi, from 'verify-reencoded.avi':  Duration: 00:01:08.73, start: 0.000000, bitrate: 475 kb/s
    Stream #0:0: Video: tscc2 (tsc2 / 0x32637374), yuv444p, 1024x768, 15 tbr, 15
 tbn, 15 tbc
    Stream #0:1: Audio: pcm_s16le ([1][0][0][0] / 0x0001), 22050 Hz, 1 channels,
 s16, 352 kb/s

Only difference is the duration and bitrate, odd that duration would change. Then the file works in Premiere.
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I'd be happy to send files if that helps too, or do a screen share to demonstrate how to reproduce the issue.
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wes.mcclure

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Did some poking around, video properties in Premiere Pro shows this problem:

This movie appears to have DROPPED FRAMESThere are 2 keyframes, 572 delta frames.
There are 1310 empty frames.
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My problem is a little different.  If I record in .avi I can edit swimmingly in Premiere Pro CC 8.01.  I would prefer to record using the smaller footprint of .trec files.  Transcoding takes time, and figuring out the most pristine settings for exporting a master-quality codec seems like a fruitless exercise in insanity.  Is there any way to edit a .trec file in Premiere without having to transcode it first to something else?
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Rename the .trec file to .zip and extract the contents. There should be an avi file in the folder. 
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Ash, have you tried this or are you going off of what you've read about .camrec files?  Yes, you used to be able to easily get to the .avi file, by renaming the extension to .zip.  But that doesn't seem to work with .trec files, which is why I asked the question.
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My mistake. I got confused with .camrec files. 

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