I need help planning a complex editing project

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I'm inexperienced using Camtasia 2018, so hoping to get high-level planning help.  I want to create a montage of audio clips from 15 hour-long video interview recordings. To prepare, I'm generating timestamped transcripts using GoToWebinar so I can identify good soundbites and organize them into categories. I think I need to 1) upload all 15 mp4 files to a new project (will Camtasia handle this?), 2) separate video/audio tracks, 3) delete video tracks (i'm going to add text slides for each section), 4) review each audio track cutting soundbites into segments, and 5) compile segments on a "master" track?  Thanks for any help you can share!  Otherwise, I'm starting an IV and will come up for air in about 4 days... 
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Camtasia will not do well with a 15 hour timeline load of video, depending on your system. I do not know if it will work at all; I've never tried to load that much.

Since your desire is to work with the audio first, you may have better luck with a heavy-duty audio editor. Adobe Audition and Premiere both load very long-form projects and can handle either plain audio (MP3 or WAV) or video with an audio track like your MP4s.

Once you have a 15 hour audio track to work with in an audio editor, you can make your cuts and save the shorter audio file. Import that resulting audio file into Camtasia and start loading the images that match your soundbites.

Good luck and let me know if this works for you!
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Over the past 3-4 years, I've completed several projects with requirements and constraints similar to your description.  I've developed a method for dealing with the files, archiving, logging, etc. and can share a few points.

First:  Be wary of using audio from online recordings -- to reduce the bit rate, systems like Zoom and GoTo crunch the audio and mangle it terribly.  If you are working from video source recordings, a better approach -- which I strongly recommend -- is stripping out the audio first (e.g. via Audacity) and saving everything as single-channel WAV (to retain quality at this stage).  

But you want a visual code reference.  You can do this by using a video editor such as Vegas Movie Studio to create a running time window as a standalone MP4 file, which you can then use in Camtasia as a video source.

Within Camtasia, just drop the running time code and drop the WAV sources onto the Camtasia timeline; you can also add text labels if you wish in order to identify clips.  Then: start removing anything unnecessary.  You can export the whole thing as MP4 for later reference, and/or produce only individual clips as pieces to assemble and juggle later, and/or add individual clips to your library for later use.

I don't know if the short-hand summary above is sufficiently clear; my apologies for the density/brevity, but I'm crashing to a deadling right now and don't have time to expand/refine the key points here.  If you contact me I can explain further.
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If I was going to do this I would use Audacity or similar to capture the sound bites in .wav format. Once all sound bites are captured bring them into Camtasia, order them on a single track and add appropriate annotations or slide images on the second track.
Does that make sense to others?
Good luck with it.
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I'm with you on this; however, I think the OP wants a visual TC reference, and is considering using GoTo in order to generate that -- which would be bad (I think).
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A agree with Carol. Does make a lot of sense to me. That may be your best option and will certainly help you fit it into your available project deadline.
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Thank you all for your very clear, detailed advice! I appreciate you taking the time to do this.
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Why not put 1 at a time of the 15 videos on the timeline and cut out leaving only what you want from the 15 and render each numbering them Section 1, 2, 3 etc. Then created a New timeline with the new 15 .mp4 s and edit from there if needed and then render as a single .mp4.
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