How to manage LOTS of media files

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I am working in Camtasia Studio 9 on a PC. I have over 300 image files as I am creating a slideshow to music. I would love ideas how to manage these files -  a. how do I know which ones I have used already, b. It seems difficult to make folders in the library, would that help?  

Would love ideas or solutions here.

Wendy Stubbs
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Rick, would adding them only to the clip bin as needed suffice?

On a similar last year I wanted/needed to see the images for matching to the music.  For that project unused images were placed on the same track and moved to a lower track when "used".

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Actually, the suggestion should be attributed to ExpertNovice. ;)
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oops ... my bad;

sorry for the mis-credit ExpertNovice
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I've used this method successfully - if you import them all, and add them all to the timeline, you know they're all accounted for and can re-order or cut and paste into the right spots... I also use hotkeys like SHIFT + MOUSE DRAG on clips or on the playhead to move large sections at a time as needed.

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heh.  Wasn't important enough to mention!  :D

It seems we agree it would be nice to reorder, rename, flag, etc. media in the clip bin for better organization.  Renaming is probably the easiest implement and less likely to create lag as it is a one-time change and doesn't require maintaining a list.

If you want to maintain your own list using actual file names this command or batch file will help.

chcp 1252
dir /b "C:\path\*.*">filename.txt

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LOL, you may think so and like you, I'd feel the exact same way.

But I never want to knowingly unfairly be credited with something. Just a personal oddity of mine. ;)
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This is why I think Camtasia needs some basic media management tools.  coming from the still photography world. DAM tools (Digital Asset Management) are an important part of the workflow, and it seems to be a gaping hole in the video world.

DAM tools, like ACDSee and Lightroom do support the basic media file types like Mp4, but they haven't got a clue when it comes to bringing all the disparate components together into an organized workflow. 
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I don't know anything about DAM tools of ACDSee.
I do know this, Adobe's video editing products, Corel Video Studio. And a lot of other video editing programs have a highly versatile system for organizing a projects media and letting you know what's on the timeline.Most let you control the size of the size of the thumbnails among other things.