Getting captions out of Camtasia

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I have typed captions for my video. I figured out how to export them; but when I open them in text editor there is a bunch of mark up and the timestamps aren't human readable. How can I get view that list of captions the same why they appear in the Camtasia caption panel outside of Camtasia? Like a video transcript.
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I am using the latest version of Camtasia and the exported .srt file looks fine to me.

I use a few different text editors.

srt opened in EditPlus



srt opened in Atom editor



What version of Camtasia are you using?

Have you tried a different text editor?

Can you post a screenshot of how the file looks in your text editor?

Dubie:)
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If you export as an

Set file and right click to rename it to .text you should be able to edit it in Word or Notepad. Right click again to change back to .srt and it can be imported to your video etc. I hope this helps.
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Shouldn't you be able to just right-click and choose to open with Notepad or suchlike without having to do the rename hokey pokey?
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FYI, the time listed in an srt file when viewed in a text editor  is formatted as hours-minutes-seconds and, after the ",", milliseconds
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I searched Google for "strip out srt codes" and got a bunch of hits for web tools that do just that. Note I have not tried any yet, but I intend doing so the next time I export SRT to get a clean script. This seems much easier than the manual methods using text editors.
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Hi David,
You can use a free application called Subtitle Edit to save .srt files in Plain Text.
It is super simple and works on Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Here's how it works.
https://youtu.be/CJExc090uCc

Thanks. 
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you can also use free CamLoc.exe to pull the captions from the tscproj file; the app can export the extracted captions as a CVS, which can be loaded into an Excel spread sheet to provide direct access to the captions text; works great, most recently used it last night

CamLoc was developed by another forum member, Charles Welford, who has offered it here to other Camtasia users

perhaps search this forum for CamLoc?

and here is the latest download link from Charles ...
http://www.screencast.com/t/5E82fSyDO

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This is what the file looks like in Notepad


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David Mbugua

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You have exported your caption file as a .smi (SAMI). The simplest option is to export from the captions interface as a .srt (SubRip). 

This will open in notepad with just the time and the captions.

Alternatively, you can use an application called Subtitle Edit that is free and supports hundreds of caption formats. 

You can open the .smi caption file and export it from Subtitle Edit as a .srt or even Plain Text. :-) 

Here's how Subtitle Edit works.
https://youtu.be/CJExc090uCc

Thanks. 
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It does seem to have exported as a SAMI file; however, I am selecting export to .srt and the file export file generated has extension .srt
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If the file has an extension of .srt and the result you get is a .smi caption file. There's a technical error with you Camtasia Copy. 

Subtitle Edit (a free subtitling application) can solve this for you if all you need is to save the file as .srt file. :-) 
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Nice Catch David Mbugua {:>)
You're the first one to understand the problem.

Not sure what to tell you about the botched file extension jocelyn.smith?
Now that you opened a support ticket. Perhaps TechSmith will find the problem
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Thanks, @Joe. :-) 

I work with captions all day, every day and from the screenshot provided, the file is most certainly not a .srt but a .smi. :-)  

Jocelyn is dealing with a potential technical export error. :-) 
I hope Tech helps out. 
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recommend you use the CamLoc tool

quick, easy solution

How To Extract Captions From Tscproj File Using CamLoc And Excel 2019-10-16
https://www.screencast.com/t/ZZPZu1R6zN



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Thanks everyone. Based on the feedback here I have created a support ticket.
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this was an interesting thread; I'd never known of the smi captions export option before

I just checked in Camtasia 2019 and when you go to export captions, you can select the file type: srt or smi

perhaps the export selection [save as type dropdown] was just set to the wrong file type?

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I have been contacted by tech support and we are trying to troubleshoot.

Their first suggestion was:

1) Go to Edit>Preferences, Advanced (tab),
2) can you click on that button "Reset Settings", then click on "Reset".
3) Close and re-open Camtasia, to see if that helps.

In my case, this did not fix the issue. Thought I would post here just in case someone comes across this issue in the future and this fix is effective for them.






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Still not able to get this to work properly. Has ANYONE else come across this issue. Seems so weird that it's just happening to me.
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perhaps make a short screencast of you trying to extract the captions so we can see exactly hat's going on? host it on screncast.com?
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So for anyone following this thread out of curiosity, it seems the issue is that my user name includes the string ".smi" and so Camtasia is seeing that and saving out as a Sami (.smi) file.

Explains why others are not seeing this issue.

Thanks to everyone who chimed in and tried to help. I think this is the oddest bug I have ever uncovered.
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how did you figure that out?
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jocelyn.smith

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Was working with tech support and their dev team found the issue. So I guess maybe I didn't uncover the bug... just exposed it.
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thanks

that is so weird; who would have thought ...

glad it's all worked out
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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, thanks for creating this. I haven't used it yet--no need right now--but anyone who would create something like this and share it with a very focused community like ours deserves accolades.
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Hear here! 

I heartily echo David's sentiments.