How do I work between Camtasia and Adobe Premiere?

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Hey there,
Is there an easy way to work between Camtasia and Adobe premiere? Currently every time I do this I have to go through and export each file individually through .mov format. I am wasting time exporting each file individually and I believe I am losing quality through every export. Is there a way to export everything I recorded all at once without losing quality?
I thank you for reading this and will keep an eye out for your suggestions and ideas,
JC
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*Bump*
Does anyone who records with Camtasia and edits in premiere have some tips?
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Likely part of the issue here is that you are on Mac platform. While I know there are users of Camtasia for Mac, I would think they are still in somewhat of a minority. Then you factor in the number that are working in the manner you seem to be wanting and i'd be willing to bet that number is tiny.

Cheers... Rick :)
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To export any arbitrary collection of tracks, including just one track, turn off the unwanted tracks (eyeball icon near track name) and export (share) as usual.

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Thanks for this. I always thought I had to delete the track in order to hide it. Also, this only works for individual track exports, not multiple track exports?
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You can turn on or off as many tracks as you want. Just the "ON" tracks will export. 
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To build on to your response. If I export 2 or more tracks will it convert it into 1? Or will it maintain the 2 tracks? 
For example, some file formats can have multiple audio tracks. Like "mkv" and ".mp4"
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When you export from Camtasia (Share), you get one file, no matter how many tracks you have active. I think the answer is to extract the raw video file from the TREC file, see my other answers on this thread. Hopefully somebody here knows how.
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ExeJC,
What exactly are you trying to do? I use Camtasia and Premiere on Mac. My workflow is simple: use Camtasia unless I need a feature Camtasia doesn't have (import PNG sequence, reverse video, motion mask), then use premiere to create the clip with that feature and output a high-rez video back to the Camtasia timeline.

You are correct that if you arbitrarily export back and forth you may be losing quality. So please be very specific and tell us what you want to do. 

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Thanks for responding,
What I want to do is record through Camtasia and use Premiere as the main editing program. I record high-resolution games and do a lot of editing, but the Camtasia platform does not supply features I highly use (motion tracking, photos, etc).
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EzeJC, 
So on windows, I think you can configure Camtasia to record to .AVI instead of .TREC, which would work for you. But on the mac that option doesn't exist. 

However, the secret of the .TREC file is that it is actually a folder with several files inside, including a raw video file. At one time I knew the trick for getting to that raw video file, but I can't find it anymore. Can someone else help EzeJC with this information?


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I'm on a Mac OS as well. I think the .Trec files are in a format similar to .mkv but limited to Camtasia programs being the only ones caple of reading the files.
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I just looked up .MKV files. Yes, it appears that .TREC files are a similar container file, proprietary to Camtasia.
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If only Camtasia Mac had .AVI files. This feature would have to be requested though and may never appear...
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In Camtasia for Windows you can right click a .trec file in the media bin and select "Extract recording  contents" and you get a .avi file and separate audio file if you recorded a microphone and system audio.

I don't own a MAC so I don't know if you can extract your .trecs or not.

This feature existed for .camrec's  as well. It vanished when .trec's were first introduced replacing .camrec's.

I'm one of those people that edit Camtasia recordings in Premier Pro. So I caught the problem right away.
https://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith/topics/extract-the-contents-of-a-trec-recording

It took TechSmith over a year to fix this shortcoming.

Regards,Joe