Import or get .asf file into Camtasia Studio 8

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Hi,

I am using Camtasia Studio 8 and am trying to see if I can import an .asf file to work with in Camtasia. Is this possible?

Thanks
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Rick Stone

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Hi there

When you attempt to import media, I don't believe the ASF format is listed. But have you tried typing *.ASF into the field and seeing if it will pull it in?



If so, terrific and problem solved!

If not, all hope is not lost. You do still have the option of playing the ASF and using Camtasia Recorder to record it as it plays. And that should work 100% of the time.

Cheers... Rick :)
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Hi Rick,

Thanks for your response!
Tried to import it by typing *.asf into the field and got an error 'The following file(S) are not supported and cannot be imported:  xxxxx.asf'  :-(

I was hoping I wouldn't have to go the record as trec route, but as you said...at least not all hope is lost ;-)

Cheers!
Marianne
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WMV and WMA media are sometimes referred to as Advanced Systems Format or Advanced Streaming Format files but I haven't come across too many with the .asf extension. As a quick test, try renaming these with a .wmv extension and see if they will import.
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ASF is a container and can use any codec for encoding.

WMV is the most popular codec and it sounds like a viable option.

What is ASF?
ASF stands for Advanced Systems Format. It was developed by Microsoft as part of the Windows Media framework. ASF is most commonly used for streaming media purposes. The format doesn't specify the way video or audio should be encoded. ASF specifies the structure of video or audio stream. Due to this encoded with different audio or video codecs the files will still have .asf extension (just like other container formats AVI or OGG).
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Hi Kevin,

Thanks for the suggestion...I had my fingers crossed, but I did the rename and tried to import the media into Camtasia and got an error on the file 'It is either an unsupported media type or required codecs are not found.'

Marianne
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Joe, I couldn't agree more that conversion is a faster approach. But the one thing I see missing from this thread is exactly what one would convert to. There are a plethora of different encoding options, no? So while I haven't tried it myself, I might imagine that one could easily become very confused in choosing which option to use when converting from one output to the other.

I know I often find myself bewildered in Premiere Pro by the very long list of options when producing a video. And to make matters even worse, in many cases I've tried to gather requirements from places like YouTube and Vimeo in an effort to try and match exactly what they are wanting from a video one produces in order to achieve the best result in the end. And yet, despite making the changes they seem to recommend, in some cases I am met with a dialog or whatever that says something to the effect of the video not being optimally or properly encoded.

So often, it's a big frustrating mess! ;)

Cheers... Rick :)

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