How can I quickly Copy/Paste a screenshot into a camtasia project?

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I often need stills of my screen, or specific applications in my camtasia projects. However, when I take a screenshot (with the Print Screen Key) there is no way to simply paste this on the timeline (I do this all the time in Word/Powerpoint). 

The only way I found is to open an imaging application, paste (CTRL+V) into there, save the image as a file, move the file into the clip bin, and then finally add to the timeline. Seems awfully complicated for something that literally takes less than a second elsewhere.
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kayakman, Champion

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it's easy if you use Snagit to make the screen capture; Snagit has a Campasia Studio add-in [output] that will put the capture in the blip bin; then, just drag it to timeline where you want

I use it constantly; works great
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Same with me; I can be in a project and realize I need a still and quickly capture it, add an arrow, box or text and then click the Camtasia share icon to pop it into the clip bin for instant use on the timeline.
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Ronald,

There is a reason you cannot paste an image directly into Camtasia. The editor links itself to files that already exist. These files must be in a  location that is accessible by Camtasia.

A file on the clipboard exists on the clipboard and hasn't been saved to a file. When you paste an image into WORD you still need to save the WORD file in order to save the image permanently.

How you choose to save an image is up to you. I use SnagIt myself, I can hit a keyboard shortcut to trigger a capture. That image is saved  automatically and sent to Camtasia.I rarely use it for that myself but it is a handy feature.

Regards, Joe
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As Joe says, you have to have a saved file that it can reference.  I often capture using the snipping tool in windows then paste it into a blank word document that I keep open just for that purpose, then right mouse click on the image and 'Save as picture' where I want it stored (very quick)
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Thanks for all the replies. I hoped there might be a quick workaround, but I inderstand that I either need to buy Snagit, or do as I have done so far. I have found that I need stills quite often when I need to add a voice-over that is longer than the original video/audio. I have tried to use the Extend Frame function, but that seriously messes up later elements on multiple tracks.
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I'm curious by what you mean by "seriously messes up later elements on multiple tracks"?

I do a lot of after-the-fact voice narrations, and I usually have to patch them in over multi-track projects]; I use extend frame to make the placeholder video media; there are several ways to do this without issues, like insert time, ripple drag, etc.
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When I do extend frame to make room for extra narration only the current track extends, which then causes trouble with multitrack sections later on the timeline. I tried to insert time, but this splits the track rather than stiches it. I also tried grouping all elements in sections later on the timeline so I only have one timeline to manage but this makes editing more complicated. I would like to be able to extend any frame and have all tracks shift accordingly. Then add the narration and adjust the extended frame to the exact length of the narration. Wonder what I do wrong ;-)
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Thanks for the example ;-) I did not realise I could first do a short extend frame, and then drag the extension out with the mouse. This will make life a lot easier.Thanks ;-)
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I honestly use SnagIt 25-100 times a day. Well worth it as an addition to your toolkit IMHO. 
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I'll give it a try ;-) And then hopefully convince corporate purchasing to get me a copy :-(