Extracting a Table of Contents (TOC) from Camtasia Studio 2019

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I want to create a separate file containing a list of Markers.  I found a workaround process that produces the results I can use. 
I produced my project to an HTML embedded player with a Table of Contents
Within the output folder is a file ending with ..._config.xml
Example: D:\Users\AdvCivil\Documents\Camtasia\Residential Site Plan - Lesson 1 - Property Lines and Building Footprint\How to Draw a Residential Site Plan - Lesson 1 - Property Lines and Building Footprint_config.xml
Inside this .xml file on Line 24 is your complete list of markers
I copied this line to the Windows clipboard and pasted it into an empty spreadsheet (Excel)
I used Text to Columns command using " as the delimiter to separate this line into multiple columns
I copied this row to the clipboard and used the right click > Paste options > Transpose to another sheet in the spreadsheet file to make a column of the separated parts of Line 24.
I sorted this column in Ascending order.
I scrolled down to find the numbered markers 1 through 9 and simply copy and paste to a third sheet where I built the final list of markers.
I scrolled down further in the sorted column in the second sheet to find 10 through the final numbered marker and copied that and pasted to the third sheet. 
I repeated this for the other 11 Lessons I had produced separately.  It took about an hour.

Hope this helps the thousands of others looking for a way to get a list of markers aka Table of Contents.

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Rick Stone

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Hi Brian

What is the goal of your list of markers? Do you then pull this list back in somehow? What do you do with that information once you have it?

Surely you are aware that you can produce with a Table of Contents that includes the markers.
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I start off with the process "I produced my project to an HTML embedded player with a Table of Contents
Within the output folder is a file ending with ..._config.xml"  Yes. I am aware I can produce with a Table of Contents.  That is how I got the config.xml file.   What do I do with this info you ask?  Here is one example When writing a course description a TOC can be helpful to explain what the course will teach. 
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Thanks for the additional information.

So based on what you posted, are you asking TechSmith for an easier way to extract that information?

For example, you created all the markers inside your project and carefully named them. So now you would love to see a simple way to click a menu and choose an item that commands Camtasia to create a text file or something that has this information?

Cheers... Rick :)
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Yes.  Having a command that would export the markers to a .csv file would be great. My research has found many people have requested this feature many times over the past 10 years.
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I agree that such a utility would be helpful

here's how I currently handle this myself ...

if I think that I'll need to list markers in my project, down the road, I'll mirror each marker in the project with a caption, using same time and text as the marker; I'll keep these captions on their own tract

if I need to easily get to the marker text, I'll just export the "marker captions" as an SRT file; then, it's easy to view/copy in a text editor

or, just start out by listing your markers in an Excel or text file

one big advantage of going the "marker caption" way is that those captions can be used to quickly navigate around your project; have other captions in project?  just hide the "marker caption" track when producing, etc
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Ooooh, Captions.  That's a nice idea.  Thanks kayakman... Also, thanks Rick for probing for the why.  What goes on in my head is not necessarily what everyone else is thinking.
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Kayakman reminded me of a tool another forum user created that is known as Camloc. I'm wondering if this tool might be used or possibly the author could modify it to accomplish what you need.

https://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith/topics/translate-callouts


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Rick, I tried CamLoc.exe. per your suggestion (followed the link).  I can export captions to csv using this app.  Very nice.  I can modify my workflow to extract a TOC from captions just by making the marker label and caption match using the same phrase.  I'm very happy with this new capability.  Thanks to you and kayakman for helping me.
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I have modified my program CAMLOC.EXE version 5.92 to now display the Markers in a table.  You can then export them to the Windows Clipboard or export them as a .CSV file. 
Link is at https://www.screencast.com/t/5E82fSyDO
Note: because I am an individual, not a recognized company, some antivirus software may flag this as being from an unknown entity.  The file has no virus or malware in it.
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Charles, I appreciate the fine work you have done to enable me to extract markers from a tscproj file.  You even provided an extra feature that is most welcome.  The Quiz is on its own line and contains all the questions and answers.  I'm so happy.  Thank you so much.
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Glad to be of help.
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Hi Charles; thanks for adding the markers

I've tested against a number of real-world projects, and the markers are listed correctly

the changes also seem to extract quiz data and hotspot data?  expected?

if interested in details, perhaps best to email me at ***bob***@***cookbookplus.com*** ???

thanks again for the enhancement



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I could remodify it to remove those other items, but some users might want all of these items extracted.
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Thank you very much, Charles. If possible, it would be great if you had a button to export the markers with  the youtube TOC format.

hh:mm - text

For example:

01:23 - install putty
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Uploading directly to youtube lets CS use the markers to build a TOC on youtube; however, uploading directly to youtube does not work often.