How to save a trimmed video to the Media Bin?

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I'm in version 9, and I've trimmed a recording down to about half the original length, and wish to save it in this form. How do you do this?

Is exporting to a local mp4 and then re-importing to add the only possible means of saving this work?
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rNeil

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Hello,

I'd render to AVI to preserve full quality and then bring it back into the project if need be. Render to mp4 when you're all done I would think.

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Ahh, thanks. I see there is a separate option to save to the Library. The AVI suggestion is a good one, thanks.
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Hey rNeil,

Saving to the Library  can be a good option because you don't have to render the video.

However, file size becomes an issue when saving content to the Library. What you should do is change a setting in preferences.
You want to "Link Content to Library".
That way the content won't actually be stored in the Library.

Regards,Joe

  
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Thanks! Just did that very thing from your suggestion.
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Another point, any time you render a video there is some degradation. Even with AVI, unless saved to uncompressed maximum render settings. A 1920 x 1080 uncompressed AVI could run 1 to 3 GB in size per min.

Video editing rule # 1.
Always use the original source media whenever possible.

The Original Media is "Lossless By Default"

I don't know if it's rule #1.
However, it's at the top of the list in formal training.
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when you edit a video project in Camtasia, and "trim" the video content, you do not actually trim the video; the project file [tscproj] holds a record of what has been trimmed, but the original clip, referenced in the project, remains untouched

when you save a project, you preserve the editing trim actions [as a reference to the original clip], but only within the project file itself

if you subsequently delete the original video clip, yet keep the project file; the project will no longer be able to reference the original clip, and so will no longer work

the only safe way to preserve the trimming is to produce as AVI or MP4; or export the project as zip, which puts the original clip and project file in a zip archive; or, COPY the entire project to the Library, which simply copies the original clip and project info into a folder within the Library folder location

if you use the LINK TO CONTENT method of adding the project to the Library, you are doing exactly the same as just saving the project file; and if you subsequently delete the original clip, that Library asset will be broken and no longer work

Timbre4's recommendation is the best way to accomplish what you want; if you can "preserve" the original clip in its original location, then just saving the project file will suffice

but the SAFEST way to have it both ways is to export the project as zip [on file menu], then keep the zip in a safe place; once you have the zip, the original clip and project file can be safely deleted 
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If you don't delete the original footage.
That's best because it's the best footage available. And much faster than
 rendering degraded footage for editing purposes.
Granted, TechSmiths AVI screen 2 codec doesn't degrade all that much at default settings. But it's a down grade from the original.

If you think you need a lifetime backup. Maybe you're going create another video using the same footage in the future.
Or modify the original video.
Then exporting the project as a Zipped project makes for a great safe guard.

Myself personally, Once I've created a video, previewed the end result. I'm done with it.

I don't need to save Zipped projects or render proxy AVI's needlessly.  

You have some valid points.

However, it really depends on what you hope to achieve in any given situation.What's best? There is no one size fits all answer here.
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