import several different projects into one project

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Hey! I want to be able to import several different projects into one project. When I try to open a saved project to copy in, the project I am working on is closed. How do I do it?
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Thats because Camtasia only supports one project at a time.
Its not set up to open more than one project at a time.

Theres some convoluted workarounds I've seen posted.
I don't recommend them.

Regards,Joe
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Thanks for your reply. So crazy, I need to put together several small films into a longer instructional film.


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One way you could do it would be to produce the individual projects as MP4 files, then aggregate them in a new project.

If you still need to edit things in the "smaller" projects, you could select all of each of the smaller projects and group them. Then add to the library. Then create the aggregate project and add them from the library to create the larger project.

Cheers... Rick :)
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Now, theres no reason you can't render small projects separately.
I recommend to avi so video quality is maintained.
And import them that way.

Or simply do everything in one big project. Theres no limit to how many video clips you can work with.
What you can't do is open more than one project "Complete with edits" at the same time.
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Thanks for your reply Rick. I've tried, but it doesn't work. I have background music and talk at the same time in the various projects. Unfortunately, when I put them together, the background music doesn't fit

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Thanks for your reply Joe. What do you mean by AVI? I have already completed each of the smaller instructional films and want to put them together as a whole. It is there that it does not work.




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If I were working with individual clips. Editing them for use in another project. I would render them to AVI format.
The reason I would do that is because the videos quality would be higher. Allow you to render it in another project without degradation.
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How To Use The Library To Build Out Large Projects From Multiple Small Projects 2017-04-01
https://www.screencast.com/t/2WOFIA1G

tutorial was made with Camtasia Studio 8; but concept still valid for Camtasia 2019

you can use this technique to aggregate as many small projects as you want into 1 large project
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Thanks Kayman, I'll be watching tomorrow and I hope it can help me further. Thank's again!


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now available ...

How To Combine Multiple Small Projects Into A Single Project In Camtasia 2019 2020-03-24
https://www.screencast.com/t/TBE8zUsBf4M

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 I thought media that was trimmed down / cut out on the timeline. Wouldn’t be saved to the Library.

Apparently, every second/frame of the medias original file is saved right along with it.

Which is handy from an editing standpoint.

As you can fully edit all the individual clips/projects.

 

Unfortunately, it’s an incredible waste of disk space and inefficient to boot.

I used to link my media files to the library.

I store my media files on separate drives.

I pretty much gave up using the Library when they took away “Link-to-Content”. Which gave me the same flexibility as copying media it to the library.

The change came in Camtasia 2018.

 

 So yeah, a viable workaround for sure {:>)

I sure wish they would bring back link to content.  

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one would/should delete the imported small projects, as well as the Library assets, as you go along;

the small, unzipped projects can be deleted [their extracted files in folders] as soon as placed in the Library; the Library assets can be deleted as soon as the final composite project is made, produced, and zipped [?] for archive purposes

so, in the end, no extra disk space need be consumed


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Yeah,

However your still re-writing to disk.
Which ages them, especially SSD's.

Its also playing musical chairs with files unnecessarily. Which can create a whole host of other issues.

The Library is stored on the C-Drive.
If you use separate "Internal" fast drives.They are more efficient and can/will speed editing processes.

To me, its still a pretty good workaround.
But alas, a workaround just the same.   
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if you're fortunate enough to be able to keep all your media files on internal fast drives, and leave them where they were when used in a project, then you only need to keep the tscproj files somewhere, as they will reference the media wherever you imported it from; so no additional media storage required, whatsoever

compared to media files, tscproj files are tiny

I do empathize with your missing the relative referencing of Library assets; on one occasion back in 2015, I worked on a series of video projects where the source media took up about 200GB per; I had to revert to using relative Library assets as the media was larger than the available space on my system drive SSD
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if you do not have enough space on your system drive to accommodate adding  all the small projects to the Camtasia Library, then this alternate method may be useful ...

How To Combine Multiple Small Projects Into A Single Project Using Copy Paste In Camtasia 2019 2020-03-25
https://www.screencast.com/t/DtEVkItgdpJp

the media files are referenced from wherever they reside, and, no media files are copied until/unless you export the final composite project as a zip
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Thank you for your help, It works! I'm so grateful :)


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if you want to store and use your "project assets" from a location that's not in the Camtasia Library, then this "beyond-the-envelope" technique might be useful?

the method relies on copy/paste from "asset project" to "main project"

these "project assets" do not need to consume system drive space; there's no need to maintain duplicate copies of media files; one can also organize these "pseudo Library" project assets in any directory schema desired

https://www.screencast.com/t/eZqc0xFHYv

this tutorial describes how to move existing Library assets to another directory location, and, how to use them directly from the new location

however, new assets can simply be initially created as standalone projects, with no need to use the Library

the described technique is not as seamless as the Camtasia Library, but perhaps it might be useful in certain situations?