How To Rebuild Projects With Interactive Content From MP4s Downloaded From

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Just sharing ...

I recently lost almost 200 project zip archives pertaining to Camtasia tutorials that I've hosted on over the past 6 years; the loss occurred when my primary 3 TB external hard drive died [haven't decided yet to pursue data recovery ... can be expensive $$$]

I needed to revisit these tutorials to freshen them  up, and, in some cases, use CS9 as the platform

I've known how to rebuild projects from the config.xml, but that file is not available from downloads

Fortunately, tech support pointed me in the right direction ...

MP4s produced with a controller will have their config.xml actually encoded within the MP4 itself, as XMP data; all I had to do was download the MP4 and extract the XMP metadate, create a new XML file, and I'd be good to go

So, I used Beyond Compare 4 to do a hex compare on the downloaded MP4, found the XMP tags that start/end the metadata, and copied it out into a Notepad doc, saved as XML; opening the new XML with XMLNotepad immediately presented me will all the interactive medata that describes any markers, captions, quizzes, and hotspots [lots of text]

rebuilding the project using the MP4 and copying/pasting the metadata made project recovery a snap

if you ever have to do this yourself, here's how ...

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