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I am using the File > New Recording function to record some onscreen demos. Once recorded, the recording is listed with the other media. However, there doesn't seem to be any way to watch that recording apart from putting it in the timeline and playing.

If you've just recorded something, you probably want to re-watch it in order to quickly check it for mistakes, ie to know if you want to start over.

So: how do you watch a recording after having made it, without putting it in the timeline?
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Matt Morrisson

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I'm not aware of any way to watch a recording without dropping it on the timeline first.  Camtasia is not a video player primarily, so it needs to be on the timeline before viewing it.  

If I have a number of things on my timeline first, I'll just slide the timeline over to the right far enough to get a free spot, drop the recording on there, and review it.  There, I can make cuts/edits, if needed, or delete it altogether if I just need to start over.  
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Mal Reynolds

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I won't go anywhere near a Mac so I can't confirm that it's the same as on Windows, but I'd be surprised if it isn't; in Windows all you need to do is double click on the media in the Media Bin to cause it to play in a pop-open window.
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Matt Morrisson

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I just tested it out.  Double-clicking on media does NOT play it on my Mac.  At least not on version 3.1.5
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Mal Reynolds

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Is there a "Preview" option when you right click on it (option click or whatever it's called in Mac)? There is in Windows, that may be the way to it on the Mac.
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Matt Morrisson

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If you hover over the media, it will play in the thumbnail, but since the original poster was wanting to watch their clip to check for errors in a demo video, I doubt that size of a viewer will allow them to see that much detail. 
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In 3.1.5, if you place the mouse cursor over a clip in the media bin, you can scrub through. Or, Just place and let go, and it will play/loop through in the Bin. 
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Matt Morrisson

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Yes, but since the original poster was wanting to watch their clip to check for errors, I doubt that small thumbnail view will help much. 
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Frank

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Camtasia generates ".trec" files temporary recordings. This is more kind of a hack than a real solution but you can change the file extension to ".mov" or ".mp4" temporarily  and use MPLayerX for watching (QuickTime wants to convert and will fail). Don ́t know why TechSmith handles it that way as common ".mov" files can be simply previewed by macOS when selected with a hit on "spacebar" which works with all common file formats supported by QuickLook. 
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Actually, ".trec" stands for "Techsmith RECording", because at the time it was named, we had visions of supporting these files in multiple products.  That's still possible.  But as of this writing, these files are only supported in Camtasia, on both Windows and Mac.  The format was designed to allow recordings and projects across platforms.

TREC files are based on the MP4 container, but the screen video uses our TSC2 codec, and the file may contain up to 4 streams (screen, camera, mic audio, system audio) as well as other metadata streams that are leveraged by Camtasia.  These files are meant to be the master recordings, with the highest quality we can achieve during recording.  TREC files are meant for editing, not for sharing.  The custom streams make these files less portable to other players.  So while some players may be able to decode some of the streams, the files are really meant for Camtasia, and the TREC extension is meant to signal that.

Hope this helps.
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Frank

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Thanks for the info.
The initial question remains: how to quickly review ".trec"-files without having to load them into the timeline? Any suggestion?
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Matt Morrisson

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I think the general consensus is that there isn't a very good alternative to putting the clip onto the timeline.  What I do is just scroll the timeline over to get to an unused portion, drop it there, tweak it as needed, and then move it to its final destination.  Or, if the timeline isn't too cluttered, I drag it onto the timeline, and then just hide and lock the other channels while I preview it, or make tweaks, then unlock the channels again, and I'm good to go. 
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Frank

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What at least work either is to open a second project window just for reviewing. ;-)

Cheers