How to handle many small clips on the timeline (Editing crippling slow)

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My projects often look like this:


When my projects exceed 10 minutes, Camtasia becomes crippling slow. Upgrading from 9 to 2019 made it a bit better, but it's still very slow.
I know the reason is that I have so much on my timeline but I need all of that.
I can't split my projects up because I often copy and paste properties from earlier clips to later ones.

Is there a way to speed up editing without removing anything on the timeline and without splitting my project up into separate parts? Is there a way to just hide elements as long as I don't need them?


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 Actually, 2019 is even worse than 9. Now even the playback is stuttering every few seconds

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Unbelievable that I just paid >100€ for this "upgrade"
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your projects is very "busy"; best to simplify if possible

is the lowest shown track just audio?

if so, export all audio [as a WAV file; on share menu], and replace all the audio clips on lowest track with the new single WAV

that might help
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As what should I export my audio in Audacity? WAV 16 bit or 32 bit? 32 bit creates a pretty huge file.
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Thanks, that's what I have
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It works like a charm, thank you!
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Can I export it like this multiple times without noticable quality loss?
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No, it's audio + video. And as I already said, producing intermediate clips is not an option for me.
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try this ...

using a copy of the project, separate the audio/video into 2 separate tracks; then export/swap the audio?  any help?

I know you mentioned you copy/paste properties, but producing the project to a single AVI [or MP4}, then using that clip in a new project to continue editing would also definitely help; maybe make Library assets for the clips you have to copy/paste properties from?
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also, if there are any "busy" tracks that you don't have to copy/paste from, just produce/swap that track?
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I need absolutely everything on this timeline because I might need to make changes in hindsight. Producing intermediate results is not an option.
What would be an option tho is removing clips temporarily. But there seems to be no option for that in Camtasia. I had the hope that hiding a track or grouping everything on a track had this effect, but unfortunately it doesn't.
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you can slice up the projects [use markers] and put the segments into Library; then just work on one slice at a time, then store back in Library; when finished editing, you can recombine the slices
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these tutorials might be helpful ...

Use The Library To Help With Editing Complex Project
https://www.screencast.com/t/w7dK448RZ4V
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Thanks, seems like this tutorial is what I need. I'll watch it!
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Nevermind, this is way too inconvenient to be part of my workflow. Incredibly frustrating that you have to pay >100€ for an update that doesn't improve anything of the important stuff.
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Sorry, I was a bit frustrated and stubborn yesterday. Now my head is clear again. Stitching the result together (or creating an intermediate sound file) is actually a good idea and I can work around the rest.
Thank you for your help
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Hi Florian,

For ease of editing I would consider grouping elements. I'm not sure if it affects the speed of processing though but just easier to manage lots of little clips.  This article has info on grouping alongside other editing tips. https://support.techsmith.com/hc/en-us/articles/360023729472-Timeline-Editing
With regards to 'hiding' elements, you can disable a track so you don't see of hear what's on the track. Again, I don't know whether this affects the processing but can help editing. Select the eye icon to left of the track.
Hope this helps,
Jayne