How can I share Camtasia projects between a Mac and Windows computer?

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I am working with Camtasia Studio on a MAC with version 2.8.3 and my colleague is working on a windows 8.4 version. How can I share compleet projects between a Mac and Windows computer.
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Kelly Mullins, TechSmith Employee & Helper

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Hello,
Unfortunately, there is no way to share projects at this time. Only .trec video recordings.

To work across platforms, one of you will need to produce / export your video and share that to the other person to allow them to continue with their work on the other platform.

We understand there are significant limitations / ramifications when working this way.

There is another topic that might offer a bit of good advice for sharing snippets of the projects with others so I am going to merge this topic into that one.

Thank you for using Camtasia.


Kelly
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Kelly Mullins, TechSmith Employee & Helper

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Hello,

We wanted to let you know that a Camtasia cross platform project format is currently under development.

We understand how important this is to those individuals who work on both platforms and the businesses who have employees who need to be able to share their video projects across platforms.

While I can't give you a delivery date on this feature, please know we are committed to getting this out to you as soon as it is possible.
I will keep you posted here if there is any other news to share about Camtasia cross platform project file sharing.

Kelly
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Neal B

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Thanks Kelly. While I am sure that you are looking at all avenues to handle this situation, I would be pleased to start off with a separate conversion app or program. To me this would solve the issue for now until later versions of Camtasia Studio and Camtasia for Mac have complete file compatibility.  
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I'm really looking forward to this. It would be especially nice if I could use the same license key for Mac and Windows mode. 

I work on a team of over two dozen technical writers. Most of us use Camtasia 8 for Windows and it works well for our needs.

The software I document is for K-12 schools. Since schools often use Macs, I'm currently in the process of switching to a Mac laptop for work instead of a PC. I'll run Windows as a parallel/virtual machine. It would be nice to run Camtasia in Mac mode instead of Windows mode (since parallel desktops stress the system more),

I need to be able to share all of my project files with my co-workers who are mostly still in Windows only. Likewise, I need to be able to open and edit their project files. We work as a team, so our software needs to play nicely for all members of the team. So the features between Mac and Windows should be comparable as well. (markers, grouping, visual properties/animations, etc.)

From a cost standpoint, I shouldn't need to purchase a new license/key--since I'm still only using a single computer. If I purchase a key for Windows, I should also be authorized to run it on the Mac version of my single laptop. 
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Jay Tedeschi

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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Camtasia Cross Platform Support...Between Project Files on Mac and Windows.

I am sure this is not a unique idea or request, but as a longtime Techsmith Camtasia/SnagIt user I recently (today) downloaded the Mac version to try out and was surprised that camrec and camproj files from my Windows machines are apparently not compatible. It would make for a very efficient and productive workflow if the files were able to be shared across platforms.

I work in technical marketing for Autodesk, and my team is responsible for capturing images and video of our software in use, and then editing/producing for distribution via the web, print, etc. Point being that at times we are capturing on either platform, but would like the flexibility for someone else on the team to edit/produce on another type of OS.
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Paul Middlin, Employee

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While the project files are net yet compatible, I want you to know that the recording files are. So you can do the workflow you described where you take your windows recording and do your editing on mac, or vice-versa. I hope that helps.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Transfer from Mac to PC.

Is it possible to transfer a Camtasia file created with a Mac to the PC version and to edit it further then?
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kayakman, Champion

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I answered this; what happened to my response?  when merging, all responses should be included ...

https://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith/topics/transfer-from-mac-to-pc
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They merge answers into Oblivion all the time kayakman.

It seems to happen more often when the subject doesn't have a good answer, or easy solution. Like why is Camtasia not a true Cross Platform Program like other programs are?

I respond to a lot of questions.
I openly voice my displeasure with certain features, what I perceive  as program shortcomings.
That's the responses I post and see merged  into Oblivion the most often. You can read whatever you want into this response.  
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Hi, folks!

Merging topics is a way that we (TechSmith) can work towards managing the forums. By merging the topics we can point opening posters (and those following the topic) towards other posts that have already addressed the topic in question. At a quick glance it appears that the replies are lost, however simply clicking the topic name in the italicized notation at the top of the post (the one declaring that the topic was merged), will bring you to the original post. That original post will include any replies that were made; this is a function of the forums that we use, though taking a step back and looking at the topic it was merged into will yield a response to the original merged topic. If there is information in the original post that is not in the new merged post, clicking that link will allow you to review that information and if necessary (which in most cases it is not necessary), copy/paste it into a reply on the new consolidated thread.

Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions!
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That's good to know. I'm guessing that most people are  unaware of this.

There  are 79 responses to @Jay  Tedeschi's original question that are for the most part. Gone, unless you are aware of this feature.

@kayakman has been around much longer than I. He must not have realized it either.
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As the regular posters here like Joe and Kayakman know this feedback is powered by Get Satisfaction, so we accept their functionality (or lack thereof).

I don't _want_ to "merge replies into oblivion" but it certainly happens. Ideally we'd be able to merge messages into existing threads before anyone takes the time to respond, but it doesn't usually work out this way.

I can't speak to the other TechSmtih admins, but whenever I merge I will take a look at the comments before I merge. If there's duplicate information I'm going to merge. If there's something useful in the thread, I will post a link to the existing thread and close the duplicate thread.

What I would really like is for Get Satisfaction to provide me with the ability to merge comments. I thought there was already a feature for this in their own feedback forum for this feature that I had voted for, but I was unable to locate it. When I get a moment, I'll open a new topic with them or locate one that already exists and link back to it here.

Hopefully this gives you some insight into the issue.

-Glenn
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Does TechSmith have an ETA on being able to share project files across Mac and Windows. I just moved from a Mac to Windows desktop and have switched to Snagit for Windows because of missing functionality in the Mac version. I don't not want to have to recreate all my project files. I didn't see a response to Neal B's question about a conversion app while we wait for cross-platform compatibility. thanks.
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I can't give you an ETA but I would like to ask which things you used (or most commonly use) in your projects. As you know probably noticed, not every feature on Mac yet exists in Windows (and vice versa). Also curious what you'd expect to happen if you used something that isn't supported on the other platform.
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hwyss

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My project files are currently in the Mac version. I thought most of the Mac functionality exists on the Windows side. It's Windows functionality that doesn't exist on the Mac version. 

First of all, let me say that it's really annoying that the Mac version did not have the same functionality as the Windows version. For example, being able to sharpen an image after reducing the file size is a function I used all the time in the Windows version and was dismayed that it wasn't available in the Mac version.

From reading the forum comments, it looks like there are quite a few customers who use Snagit on both Mac and Windows. I would send a simple survey to your customers with a grid of the feature differences between Windows and Mac and let your customers respond with which features are most important to them. 

As for what happens when features are used in a project created on one platform that aren't available on the other platform, that's a difficult question. I think my approach would be this, in this order:
  1. Provide customers a grid of functionality differences between the two platforms. This is crucial so that companies using both platforms know how to set up standards for creating screen captures. For example, I would tell my writers not to use the "curl effect" because that isn't supported on both platforms, which means I won't have a common look and feel across my company products.
  2. Make the two project types compatible. This is a must.
  3. Eliminate the platform functionality disparity.
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Daniel Schrader

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I wish there had been some warning that work started on a Mac cannot be completed on a Windows machine.  We just lost a number of hours of critical time . . . . not happy . . . .
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Protocol for sharing Camtasia project between Mac and Windows?.

What is the best protocol for sharing a project among both Mac and Windows using the latest versions?
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So it looks like Techsmith has just announced project file compatibility between Windows and Mac on the next release. Here's the announcement: 

https://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith/topics/techsmiths-camtasia-future-roadmap
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Opening windows camproj on OSX.

How can I open a camproj file created on a windows machine on OSX?

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