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I'm new to the program. I bought it because it does what I basically need. We have training sessions on-line, but not everyone can attend, so I want to capture the training session with a screen capture and after it's over, I cut out bits of extraneous matter then take what's left, slice it into chunks according to the agenda and then post each segment as a lesson and thus people can come back and watch all sessions or just the ones they missed. Camtasia supports the screen portion part, and I even seem to be able to cut out the extraneous matter, but it doesn't seem to support the rest, at least not in any reasonably easy manner and I can't seem to find tutorials or even help files that deal with these functions. For example, I'm looking at a 6 hour track. So I move to a place in the track and I hit the "split" key. I now have what I consider two clips (none of the program language seems to support this use of the word, but that's what I call them). Now, if I move to another point on the track to try and make another split, it is grayed out, the "S" key doesn't work etc. (although I did find if I right-click on play head and select "split all" it will make a split, but that seems illogical when "split" makes perfect sense). So, it seems a track can only make one "split". Is that right? Next, I have these "clips", I can't seem to do anything with them. You can't drag them into media bin or the library and you can't save them. How do you control the clips? The only work around I've had is to load the file, delete everything to the right of the clip, ripple delete everything to the left of the file, then save it. Then I undo (CTRL-Z) my way back to having the whole track and repeat the process until I've hacked out each segment, then I go back and load each saved segment and work on the chunks as if they were individually recorded. Is that how it's supposed to work, or am I missing something. Also, there doesn't appear to be a way to renames each "clip". I can rename each track on the far left of the screen, but the clip name(s) always say "Rec 10-30-16 (Screen)" and they all have the same name, no matter how many of them I make. Is there a way to rename these clips? I did find I could put markers in, but they don't stay put if you cut or edit anything, so they don't make good place holders. I realize these are vary, very basic actions, but I can't figure out how to make it work in a simple fashion without having to take hours doing and undoing and saving. The program must work better than that. Also, does the recorder have a timer? I couldn't find one. I would like to not have to be present, but program it to start at a certain time and turn off, either at a certain time or after a specified duration. For instance, I's like to set up my desktop to come on and capture fullscreen starting at noon, record for 5 hours and then stop. Better would be a schedule, like start at noon, stop at 1:15, start again at 1:30, stop again 3:15, start at 3:30 and stop and save at 5:00. Then I'm on auto-pilot and can do other work while Camtasia is recording the conference. (my job has nothing to do with what the company does and sitting around for hours and days listening to them talk business is a real pain). In any event, any help or advice would be appreciated. If I bought the wrong product, please let me know and tell me what I need to do this job. It seems pretty simply to me, but then I'm not a programmer either.
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Michael Deslippe

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some quick input ...

you can split a clip as many times as you want; the clip must be selected on timeline the the split function will work on that clip

once a project is split into sections, you can make a timeline selection across the section, right click, and produce-selection-as

you cannot rename a clip once it is a project; rename using Explorer before importing into Camtasia

markers will stay put if you make them media markers

Recorder does not have a timer function as you've described

you should watch all the excellent Camtasia tutorials on TechSmith web site; there is lots to learn if you want to be proficient
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First, on Split: that command splits the currently selected clip. This way you don't have to split everything at the playhead; you may want to only split one of multiple things you have stacked up at that time (like a callout on top of your video, for instance).

Next, why clips? Sometimes, you don't want a whole video, so you can split it and delete the unused portion. Or, you may want to show something else in the middle, so you can split it, make some room, and do something else in between.

Your workflow for making multiple projects for each part of your split-up recording is fine. You could also select a range, and produce just that selected area out as a video file. 

You're right, you don't name the clips you have on the timeline (they just show the original video file's name from the Media Bin). 

I'm sorry this workflow isn't very smooth; most of what Camtasia is tooled for is working on one project; where you have what you need to assemble a good final video. Breaking up a recording into many projects can be a little annoying.
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regarding working separately on parts of a project, watch tutorials here pertaining to "Library"; they start at #150

http://www.cookbookplus.com/Videos/Menus/TechSmith-CamtasiaStudio-HowTo.pdf
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I watched many, many of the tutorials. None have helped even a little. They are all basic to help beginners. Basically if I am reading you all correctly, my surmising Camtasia had any of these capabilities was a mistake. It does none of these things. So I appreciate the feedback, I've just got the wrong product. Two people mentioned one function that is no where to me found on any of my screens in Camtasia 8 or 9. Could you provide me a little more detail on how to find the "and produce just that selected area out as a video file. " function. Someone else called it the "produce selection as" function. It is in none of my menus, it doesn't pop-up right-clicking on audio, video, single or multiple selection, right-clicking the playhead - so far I have had no luck seeing that option active or grayed out in any thing I do. I'm sure I'm missing something elementary, but I can't find it.
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Right click on your selection

**You have to select a section to produce with the playhead **

Camtasia 9


Also with a selection made, you can go to Share at the top menu as chose produce selection as



In Camtasia 8

Right click on selection



Or with a selection made go to File>>Produce Special>>produce selection as
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The answer was in your screenshot. Apparently "selection" has multiple meanings and only one of them works. I was selecting , as in four clips on screen, no border, click on one and a border appears, thus, it is "selected". The actual answer for this purpose is the clip needs what videographers call a "cut in" and a "cut out" point. When the in and out markers are selected, it shows on the menu. At least this functionality saves me from having to remux an MP4 file out then use AVIDEMUX to cut it into usable clips.  Thanks for the response.