How to edit interview video into clips

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I have several long interview videos that I wish to cut into several small clips that I can then use in various parts of an elearning course. What is the best working process to make each clip a separate camproj file and edit each clip before using it in the course?
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Nancy K

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import 1 clip into Camtasia Studio; put it on timeline; save a a project camproj; edit it

have you watched the tutorials on TechSmith web site?

they are very helpful ...

http://www.techsmith.com/tutorial-camtasia.html
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I'd edit as you go along then select the piece you want to export (so 1st section from one point in the timeline to another point in the time line. Then "produce special" and export just the selected part as your first piece, then so on and so on.
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Hi Nancy,
If you have one long video that you want to separate into different projects, you will need to create the first project with the clip in the clip bin then do a Save As for each additional project you want to have. There is no automatic way to create different projects.

Once you have your projects created, you will need to add your video to the timeline and cut out the part you do not want for that particular project then save it.

This will give you the different projects with just the chunk you need on the timeline.

Each video will then need to be produced separately as well.

Kelly
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Heres How I would do it.
1. open a project. Take all your video and put it in the timeline. Cut out the parts you dont want.
2. take the clips that are left and separate them on the timeline. Leave about 5 seconds between each clip.
3 select a clip with the playhead. drag the playhead over the clip.
4. go to file>produce special>produce selection as.
5. export each clip this way and rename them. Bring the new files back into the project. This way you don't have to have a separate project file for every clip.

Brian
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Nancy K

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Thank you so Brian - I have tried to follow that path but in Produce Special can I save the clip as a Camtasia Project so I can fine tune and the edit the clip? I so not see Camproj in the list. Thank you again for the helpful reply.
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I guess I have to save as an MP4 and then bring it back into a new project to edit it. Correct?
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Nancy, your initial post indicated that you start with several "long interview videos" that you want to cut into several shorter clips so that each such clip can be made into its own [camproj] project

to maintain best editor performance and video quality ...

put 1 long video on timeline
use markers [starting at t=0] to divide it into logical sections

you did not say what the interview videos were; camera videos, Camtasia screen capture clips, etc?

if Camtasia screen capture .trec clips, and you need to edit cursor properties, do so now; if no cursor in the original long videos, disregard

starting at t=0, make a timeline selection from t=0 to next marker
right click selection, and choose produce-selection-as

execute a custom production to AVI [instead of to MP4 as this will maintain best quality]; this short AVI will be used to start a new, short project, just for that section; use an appropriate naming convention

repeat for each segment between markers; repeat for each additional long interview video

use the new collection of short, AVI videos to create individual projects [.camproj]; edit each accordingly, and make separate, final productions [custom produce to MP4 with controller]; after producing each separate project, export it as zip for safe keeping should you need to access that project again

Note: approaching your task this way will keep projects small and simple; this will help with editor performance 
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I would only add this to this topic:

If you have
markers, SmartFocus key frames, keyboard shortcut data, and other
metadata in your larger video, when you produce it out and bring it back in as an MP4 video clip, you will lose the ability to work with that meta data on the timeline.

If you DO NOT have any concern over the metadata, then producing out selections as MP4 files is a good way to go.

Also, working with separate projects allows you to better manage the videos. For example, if you need to edit one video at a later time, you will have all the edits, metadata, etc. in that one project. If this is not needed, then again, producing out selections is a good way to go.

Good luck with your project!

Kelly

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