How do I play old camtasia camrec files?

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I have Camtasia screen recordings from 2010, and they are files ending in .camrec. How do I play and/or edit them?

I currently have a 64-bit Windows 7 laptop and a 64-bit Windows 8 desktop. I'd love to know about solutions for both environments.
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Edwin Li

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kurrykid, Champion

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You need to open them up in Camtasia...have to tried that?
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Edwin Li

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I no longer have access to the program; it was from when I did work for a previous employer. I could have sworn there was a Camtasia Player or a codec that we could download and install to Windows or VLC or similar that would allow clients, for instance, to view Camtasia recordings without having to have the program itself.
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In prior Camtasia versions, there was a free downloadable "Camplay.exe: that would play any RENDERED Camtasia video, it had the old Techsmith Codec (version 1) baked-in so that the file would play on any Windows computer.
In any event, you should probably download the free trial of Version 8, import the camrec and then render it to the preferred (now) mp4 format.
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Is still the case? Is there no way to view or preview the files on a computer without Camtasia Studio? I remember the player from many years back. Seems like a very useful thing, if nothing exist I wish TechSmith would bring it back! Thanks
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@Chris Johnston, the old CamPlay.exe that Richard referenced was for AVI files only.  It did not play the CAMREC format.  The CAMREC format is a master recording format, meaning that these files are not intended for playback or distribution, but for editing in the Camtasia Studio editor.  If you need to work with those files, you'll need to install a free trial of Camtasia Studio and use it to open those files.  You don't have to edit them if you don't want to.  You could just use the free trial to convert the CAMREC files to MP4, and then you'd be able to play those MP4 files on another computer.

Hope that helps.

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