How may I open a tsc2 video file trec in other editing software like Sony Vegas?

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Hi, I'd like to open trec files from Camtasia and edit them in Vegas.
These files are encoded with a video codec called tsc2
I think that stand for TechSmith Screen Codec 2
The audio is encoded in mp4a
What I want is to drag and drop the trec file directly into the Vegas timeline and start editing it.
Or in the worst case converting trec files into a file format understable for vegas.
Any idea about how may I do this?
Cheers
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This works if you are using Camtasia 8. You didn't say if you are using Windows or MAC. I don't know if MAC has this feature but here it is.

You can extract the contents of a .trec file and you get a .avi file for the video.
 You will also get an audio track for system audio if you've recorded your voice with a microphone. The  audio containing your voice is attached to the .avi video.
You can extract a webcam recording as well.
I prefer to create a folder on my desktop to extract to because there is more than on file. 
You get to select what you want to extract before extracting anything.

Place the .trec in the clip bin. Right Click and choose "Extract Recording Contents."
Choose what you want to extract.
Create or choose a folder to extract the contents to.
Extract the contents.
 That's it.

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Regards, Joe

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Jesús Sánchez

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Hi, the problem with that Joe is that avi file is encoded with the tsc2 codec from Techsmith, so when you open it in a videoplayer,  you get some problems. In VLC Media Player I get only a green screen with a terrible sound.
HOWEVER, SEEMS TO BE I'VE FOUND AN EASY TO USE UTILITY !

Bigasoft Total Videoconverter 5

As simple as drag and drop the trec file this utility and select a format for conversion understable by your favourite editor, like SONY VEGAS, Premire or Avid Media Composer.

I like Camtasia a lot and the editor is very nice, however, some projects requiere special quality, games captures for example, and you like to add special effects you cannot find in Camtasia, like motion blur movement, color retouching, etc. You only find that advanced editing in VEGAS or Premiere, for that reason I want to edit the trec file in VEGAS.
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Hi Jesús Sánchez,

When you install Camtasia, it comes with the tsc2 codec and adds it to your system.  Other apps should be able to utilize it for decoding and encoding purposes. 

The tsc2 codecs are added here: ( C:\Windows\SysWOW64 )



Will your other apps decode the AVI properly if you add a copy of the 64-bit version to C:\Windows\System32 ?

Regards,

Aaron W.
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I just want to expand on what Aaron has said here.

When I extract a trec file I have no problem opening the.AVI file in Sony Vegas 12, Premier Pro, After Effects, Animator 2 Pipeline and Boris Red 5.

I've also played the file in VLC media player, QuickTime player, Windows media player and Classic Media Player as well.

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Hi Aron, I've located the dll with the codecs. They are as you said in C:\Windows\SysWOW64
Before dealing with the system32 folder (risky place) I want to be sure I know what I am doing.
Right now I cannot drag and drop a trec file into SONY VEGAS timeline it won't recognize it.
Also, if I extract the recording inside the trec I get an AVI encodec with tsc2_codec64.dll
Okay.
What you suggest me to do is to copy this dll to C:\Windows\System32 so when I drag and drop an AVI file encoded with the tsc2 codec from Techsmith, it (VEGAS) should be able to recognize the AVI encodec with the tsc2 codec and play it properly.
Is this right?
I'd like to know this in detail, before copying anything to System32
Cheers
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If it were me I would run a repair install of Camtasia.
It won't change any of your personal preferences or the program in any way.  It will just attempt to install any missing features like a codec, registry errors, etc..
You can run a repair install from the control panel and it takes less than 5 minutes in most cases.
I expect Aaron is probably off work for the weekend and may not respond right away.
I looked in Windows  System 32 for the tsc2 codec and it is not in the main folder or in an obvious location on my system. There's so many folders I didn't try to locate it.

The repair install should do it. I'd like to know if it works for you. I've fixed a lot of program errors over the years running a repair install on  different programs.

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Hi there, I've found a very easy way to convert TREC files without having to do all that operative. You only need an utility called:
TO CONVERT FROM TREC TO OTHER FORMATS
Bigasoft Total Video Converter 5.0.10.5862 Multilingual
Or the newest version. It works fine, and convert easily a TREC file without having to mess a lot with DLL and stuff.
I think Techsmith should be more open minded in the sense of video sharing. Some projects require extra quality and you need that mobility, you like Camtasia to record, apply call outs and stuff like that, but later on, you want to move your project to a final step in VEGAS or Premiere, to give it, that special touch with filters.
Limiting the way CAMTASIA share video files... is not a good idea in my opinion.
Cheers
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We definitely aren't trying to limit your options. The TREC container format is private, but we provide multiple ways to use other formats, so you can fit Camtasia into your own workflow.

With Camtasia Studio 8.6.0 (the current version, as of today), we install a 32-bit and 64-bit Video for Windows TSC2 codec. These are used by Camtasia Studio, but can also be used to decode an AVI in 3rd party apps (e.g. Vegas, Premiere, etc), provided those apps support the use of AVI files with 3rd party codecs (e.g. TSC2). Aaron was trying to help troubleshoot above, but you shouldn't need to copy any files. Both the 32-bit and 64-bit codecs have registry entries that point to their installed location. Please don't copy or move the files in the SysWOW64 or System32 folders. These are best left alone.

So let's explore some options for your workflow. I just downloaded a trial of Sony Vegas Pro 13.0 (build 453, 64-bit) and tried it with Camtasia Studio 8.6.0 on a 64-bit Windows 10 laptop. All of these options worked for me:
1. Record to AVI (TSC2 codec) in Camtasia Recorder. Import AVI into Sony Vegas. Note that system audio and webcam are not supported with the AVI format in Camtasia Recorder. But this option might work if you only need screen video and microphone audio.
2. Record to TREC in Camtasia Recorder. Produce to AVI (TSC2 codec). Import AVI into Sony Vegas. The TREC format supports all features, including system audio and webcam. But this workflow also requires a production step, which adds a little time to your workflow.
3. Record to TREC in Camtasia Recorder. Produce to MP4 using a quality of 100%. Import MP4 into Sony Vegas. I tried MP4 since it's generally more compatible with other video software these days. Since this is a temporary file that you'll only use inside of Sony Vegas, you'll want to use a high quality format. The file size of this file will be large, but it's the visual quality we want to maintain. The file size will come back down when you do your final render out of Vegas. This workflow also requires an extra production step, but it is probably the most compatible option since it requires no special 3rd party codec support from the other software.

Hope this helps.
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Hi, I just recorded a video in Camtasia Studio 8.6.0 and it automatically saved to .trec format and then crashed. When I try to open the video, Camtasia throws an error that states "Unsupported media type or codec is not found." I tried uninstalling and re-installing Camtasia and this did not resolve the issue. How can I resolve this?
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This is on PC using Win7 by the way...
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Lynda_K

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I also tried running a repair and continue to get this error. Please help.
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Kelly Mullins, TechSmith Employee & Helper

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Hi Lynda,

I'm sorry you are having trouble.
To help this topic stay on track, please see this official topic on getting help with your situation.
https://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith/topics/camtasia-corrupt-files-crashes-hanging-and-projects-...

Kelly
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Well I uninstalled and reinstalled Camtasia a second time and now it works as expected. Not sure what actually solved the problem, but it is solved now. Re-recorded and no crashing and I can edit file now.
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my camstsia 8 stop working before i convert my video.help me