In Camtasia, how to do save a segment of video separately from the main video capture?

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Camtasia studio - I have a small portion of a video capture that I would like to save as a separate project/file from the main video.  How do I do this?
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Hi there

Select the portion you want, right-click it and choose to save the selection to the library. Then create a new project and insert this portion from the library.

Cheers... Rick :)
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Hi, Rick,
I have Camtasia 8.4 and I've tried to save selections to the library.  It keeps telling me "Add playhead selection to library" and then tells me the file is over 100mg and recommends a link.  I'm only selecting a small section, but it's grabbing the entire file.  I've tried using markers, I even looked at a tutorial video that says I should be seeing "save to library" but I don't.  Any help you can give me would be great!
Thanks,
Carol Kaufman
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This should work, See Image Below, Click to enlarge.

Regards, Joe

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although you are just selecting and "sending" a portion to library, that process will copy all the base clips involved in the selection; that is why you see the warning re >100MB; ignore the warning and save to Library; recommend you do not use the "link" method

when finished using the library asset in its own project, zip the project [if appropriate], and then delete the library asset [to recover disk space]
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I will add this. 

If your selected area contains any Callouts, Images, Audio, etc. that you do not want saved to the library.

 You can " Lock" the tracks containing those Items . 
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I'd seen a tutorial (can't find it now) published by TechSmith where they showed how to create sequences and save them to the library, one at a time, but when I created markers and tried to select the section between the markers using Ctrl+Shift+right bracket, and the right click, I never got the "save to library", only the "Add playhead..." message.  Perhaps that was for an older verison of Camtasia?  I'm using PowerPoint as my media...with audio.  Would like to create segments and save them, screen by screen  so I can reuse them in future projects.  I'm open to whatever would be the best way to do this.  It's for a few classes I teach...
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Just use Right Click with the cursor hovered over the selected " Blue Area" of the time line.
You don't use Ctrl+Shift+right bracket at all.
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I have a HUGE secret to share with you. (looks around suspiciously)

(begin whispered hush) This may surprise many, but...

Camtasia is...

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Like all software, it sometimes has issues when one version changes to another. Even upgrading a minor version. There's an ever present risk that any upgrade will totally fix one problem, only to introduce another problem with something that was working just dandy before the upgrade.

Yeah, I know it's obvious and I shouldn't have to point it out. But sometimes we all tend to lose sight of that niggling little fact. (Myself included).

Happy Holidays! Rick :)
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perhaps this tutorial might be helpful ...

http://www.screencast.com/t/2bkaWe3hc7z
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It helped, but I had to do a sidebar on how to create a media marker versus a global one.  But I still get the message about >100mg, for every selection I make and it saves it as "Group...." not "sequence, like in the tutorial.  Anything else I'm doing wrong?
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the asset name that is automatically created can vary in format, depending on what timeline content is sent to Library

you can give the asset any name you want; right click it and use rename, or select it and use F2 to put it in edit mode; I always name my assets using a logical schema that makes sense to me

FYI, if you first group all the timeline objects in the selection, you can select the group, right click, and rename the group to something that makes sense; then, if you select across that group, when you send it to Library the default name will be the name on the group

regarding the 100MB message, you are getting it because each selection is grabbing part of a large file, so the entire file needs to be copied to Library for each selection; as I recall, there should be a check box on the warning dialog letting you not to show the warning anymore?  you could use the reference method, but that can be risky should you accidently delete any files that are referenced in the asset [you can then get a broken asset]; that is why I personally only use the copy method; Library assets are copied to your system drive, so just keep an eye on free disk space; best practice is to keep the Library cleaned out after you are finished with assets
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That makes sense  Thanks so much, Rick
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Though not as slick as working with the Library, I've often do this when pulling a segment:
  1. Change any global markers to media markers (as kayakman demonstrates)
  2. Copy the segment
  3. Open a new project
  4. Paste the segment
I love working with the Library, but most of my snippets are >100MB. Though somewhat cumbersome, this workflow is usually what I use. Good luck to you!
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Sounds effective to me. Thanks for sharing that.

That's what's great about working with most software programs. There really isn't a right or a wrong way if the technique works for you.

 And there's  many ways to skin the "Proverbial Cat"
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Thanks to all of you.  Will try some of the above and report back!
Carol
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Thanks, Mary.  Tried to comment on your post, but it wouldn't let me so thanks, Joe, for letting me use your comment field.  Mary, I'll give that a try...such complications for a one hour video tutorial!

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