Leaving you in a position where you need to juggle your library assets endlessly.
This is what's fascinates me.
TechSmith re-invented the 2018 library so you can create endless versions of the library's within the library. Storing all the media you want. Giving you easy access to custom animations, profiles, Blah, blah, blah,etc.
Then turned it into a one dimensional filing system that can create bottlenecks.Especially when compared to working with multiple fast drives. There are several advantages to storing the Library on a separate drive.
For the most part, I won't use the new library.
I use the Library extensively and constantly; I have many sub Libraries; it works great for me, as-is
I don't try to store simple media files within the Library as there is no advantage to doing so vs. using the Windows file system; accordingly, I never have to juggle my library assets endlessly; so no bottlenecks
- COPY the library folders to the new location (copy, just in case something goes wrong.)
- Completely exit Snagit so it is not running in the background (the Editor too; anything related to Snagit needs to be closed)
- Goto Registry Editor (press start and type regedit)
- Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER
- Find the Software folder, then TechSmith
- Click on the 18/19 folder then in the right-hand pane scroll down to "DataStoreLocation"
- Delete that entry. Yes, delete it.
- Relaunch Snagit and it will ask you where the Datastore is.
- Select your new drive and folder
1 - Back up the Camtasia Studio folder.
2 - Uninstall Camtasia from the C: drive (Consider using a tool like Revo Uninstaller free version for this, to make sure all traces of the old installation are gone).
3 - Reinstall Camtasia on the other drive (E: in The BigE's case).
4 - Copy the backed up files into the appropriate places in the new installation.
I'm asking because this should work, but I've never had to do it, so I cannot say for certain. It may be necessary to import Library assets, but I would expect the project files to work fine. If you get any messages about assets that can't be found, you can browse to the new location and link to them.
Getting old C content to a new drive is easy, but may be a bit costly. Windows 7 - there's a free version of Acronis called "Disk Director 11". I hated Acronis tho, because if you upgraded Windows 7 to 8 or 8.x to 10 you had to buy new licenses.
So when Acronis tried to soak me moving to Windows 8, I found what I've used for 5 years now, "AOMEI Backupper Pro" - chinese company, perfect copies and NO reboots. $50 for 2-installs. If your a pro and derive income from your computer, a necessity. I clone my C-drive every three months, whenever windows wants to update me, or I'm installing software I don't fully trust (yet). BTW, my 400GB C drive, 85 GB used, takes about 9 or 10 minutes to clone.
But the greatest thing about AOMEI is that I can mount anyone's boot drive as a removable on my system and clone it to their new SSD. Also, AOMEI knows how to take care with all NTFS partitions, old & new, FAT, FAT 32 and xFat.
For the most efficient editing possible. You want the Operating System and your Programs on the C-Drive.
Then, you want your Project and Media files on another drive. That would include Camtasia's Library, if you could move it.
Temporary recording files are a bit of a toss-up. Provided you’re going to record yourself using Camtasia. For myself, I always send them to a third drive. So theres no conflict possible.
I use Premiere Pro and After Effects. So my Media Cache & Scratch files are sent to the third drive. These are pre-rendered video files for timeline playback and optimizing performance within those programs. That’s where I render my videos to as well.
It's always best if you don't have to share available read and write resources with other functions. Especially when your dealing with large video files.
I just recently upgraded all my drives to 1TB Samsung 860 EVO SSD’s.
So my Operating System and all my programs reside on my C drive. I have a lot of Programs.
My Media files reside on my Media drive.
I have the third for Rendering, Adobe products, etc.
2 of my recently removed 7200 rpm internal hard drives now reside in docking bays. Plugged into USB 3.0 ports. I can access them to move files around when needed. Storage/Download/Etc.
And this one fact will never change. One of the ways to achieve efficient video editing.
Is never store your source media on the same drive as your operating system. This includes the Library.
I doubt they will and a third drive is still good for rendering and recording purposes as I stated above.In my opinion.
Now I'm just me and following Adobe's playbook. Who know far more about editing video than anyone in this forum, or anyone that works at TechSmith for that matter.
Now, this is not an official Adobe video.But these are some people that did extensive benchmark testing of Premiere Pro using 3 SSD's back in the Fall of 2016.
Here's their recommendation on how you set up your drives for the the best results. Perhaps you'd like to dispute their findings as well? Here's the article https://www.pugetsystems.com/labs/articles/Adobe-Premiere-Pro-CC-2015-4-Storage-Optimization-854/
This Video. Which basally back ups what I've been reading for years. Just puts it in perspective from people that have deep understanding on the subject.
If you think this same arrangement wouldn't work well with Camtasia. I'm at a loss at to understand why.
Because I assure you,TechSmith didn't reinvent the wheel when they created Camtasia.It creates video using the same basic principals all editing programs use.
What's good for the Goose, is good for the Gander.
I got TechSmith’s tech support involved yesterday.
I pointed the technician to this forum thread. So the technician is fully apprised as to everything going on here.
Although redundant, I went into great detail of how I felt about utilizing system drives and following Adobe’s lead.
With all the back-and-forth on this subject. And so many topics being batted around on the subject. It’s best that I generalize the final conclusions by the technician.
Rather than sticking the name of the technician in the middle of these discussions. I’m going to keep the name of the technician anonymous, because that’s really not important. It’s a well-known name that most forum members would recognize.
Consider these generalized guidelines. For someone like myself running three SSD’s, which was my discussion. And if you look closely enough at the advice, you will see that it would apply to someone running 2 SSD’s as well.
The first sentence of the response was as follows........ To put it simply, I agree with you 100 percent.
So, Camtasia should be installed on the C drive. Because installing it on another drive can potentially lead to many issues.
All projects and imported media should be stored on another drive. Not the C drive.
Changing where you store the temporary recording files is optional.
TechSmith doesn’t do the extensive testing that Adobe does. So they don’t have any hard numbers to back up this information because it isn’t something they’ve officially tested. However, from their personal experience working with thousands of customers. This is the best way to go.
And if you want to reject TechSmith’s advice, along with Adobe’s and Puget Systems. I don’t know what else to tell you. I don’t know what other evidence you need to see?
To date, nobody’s presented me with any evidence to back them up. Or contradict any of my findings. At this time, I’m done trying to present/prove my position.
Hopefully, I’ve done enough to help those that need a definitive answer to this question.
How To Leverage Library Disk Space Using Update Media With Complex Assets 2018-12-12
keeps library storage at a minimum while assets remain in place, ready to use
offered as a possible workaround in the "for-what's-it-worth" category; perhaps worth considering?