Is Camtasia 2019 backwards compatible with Camtasia 9?

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Is Camtasia 2019  backwards compatible with Camtasia 9?
There we several reasons why I never upgraded to 2018.
one o them was backward compatibility
another was ?? can no long export or import Mp3??
I am looking at the new feature list and still not convinced to do the upgrade.

Appreciate some feedback here as WHy you upgraded  Thanks
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Bill Coughlin

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Hi Bill,
I use cam 9 but got a beta copy of 2019.0
I did a little test and found that I could add an mp3 without any issue in 2019.
I also found that Smart focus is "smarter" than it used to be but still needs some work.

I also attempted to load a 2019 Camtasia file to Cam 9 but it won't open it.
It's message;
This project was created in a newer version of Camtasia and cannot be opened. To open this project please download and install the current version of Camtasia.

Another little test was the reverse where I got Cam 2019 to open a cam 9 with an mp3 in it.
It needs to convert the file before it will load the file.
Here's the msg

Ignore the file name!

So it appears it can add mp3's
In Camtasia 2019 can open Cam 9.1 files but it will convert them which will prevent them being used in Camtasia 9.  Perhaps 2 copies are required?  Old and new.

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I have always upgraded so that the program stays compatible with the newer and faster operating systems. My camera shoots 1080 HD and I found some of the earlier versions did not perform well when trying to edit or convert my videos. Not sure why you would want to convert back to Cam 9.
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Bill Coughlin

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I have 900 videos and I did not want to convert them all.
If I make the switch there would be no going back .. so better be enough value to do so
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THANKS, damianrx for your great post..I really appreciate the time and informative post
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Ha, I just upgraded a Camtasia 8 project file in 2019 without a problem.
How did TechSmith not include this as a new feature in the release notes?????????

The mundane and frustrating process of leapfrogging a project through versions upgrade it to the latest one was insane.
If your unfamiliar with the process. A version 7 project would have to upgraded in version 8 first, than 9, then 2018 and lastly 2019.
And it's not even mentioned.
30 April, 2019: Camtasia (Windows) 2019.0.0
  • Added ability to automatically adjust audio levels with defined Loudness Units Full Scale (LUFS) normalization.
  • Added new mouse cursor effect to smooth out cursor movements.
  • Expanded number of customizable product hotkeys and shortcuts.
  • Added new Block Text style for annotations.
  • Added properties to adjust vertical and horizontal text spacing in annotations.
  • Added Whip Spin transition .
  • Add ability to include logos and images to Themes.
  • Added additional device frames for download in TechSmith Assets.
  • Added “Open in Camtasia” option for TechSmith Asset downloads.
  • Improved SmartFocus functionality.
  • Updated Canvas preset sizes to match more modern devices and platforms.
  • Added support for importing and using PDF files.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause the Camtasia Recorder to record a black frame at the beginning of recording.
  • Fixed an issue preventing H.263-encoded mp4s from playing back properly.
  • Fixed a problem that impacted editing performance on systems with Intel Integrated graphics processors when scaling down large images.
  • Fixed a problem that impacted editing performance on systems with Intel Integrated graphics processors when applying Behaviors to text callouts.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur while editing a clip with both a stitch and the clip speed effect applied.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause audio clips to seek incorrectly across splits.
  • Retired FTP output.
  • Retired ability to add new Legacy Callouts to a project.
  • Update mp4v2 resolving: CVE-2018-14054, CVE-2018-14325, CVE-2018-14326, CVE-2018-14379, CVE-2018-14403, CVE-2018-14446.

BRAVO damianrx You enlightened all of us I believe!
That's good news.

As far as backward compatibility goes.

Theres no such thing, its a Unicorn. New features are introduced and therefore going back makes no reasonable sense.
TechSmith and Software manufacturers make video editing programs not backward compatible for very good reasons. Its not like your opening a WORD document filled with text.

Theres a Hack available in this forum that outlines how to that alter a 2018 . tscproj file and open it in Camtasia 9.
It would probably even work with Camtasia 2019.
However, all the new features of 2018 and 2019 don't  work in Cam 9. So what's the real point?

If you own 2018 or 2019, why hack backward and potentially break a project?

Or for that matter be careful not to use any of the new features in 2018 or 2019, essentially using it as if it were Camtasia 9? Just in case you want to hack backward?

Thought Including the whole new feature might help. Makes me wonder if theres any other hidden features?


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@ Bill Coughlin

you can easily convert a Camtasia 2019 project into a Camtasia 2018 project or into a Camtasia 9 project, provided the original did not make use of any "new version" features; the downgrade involves changing a single value in the tscproj file, easily accomplished with a text editor [I use Notepad++]

I do this all the time; I have never experienced any "project corruption" issues; you can always make a safe backup copy of the tscproj before proceeding 

In the tscproj files, near beginning of file, Camtasia 9 is "version" : "0.5",; 2018 is "version" : "2.0",; 2019 is "version" : "3.0",

This backwards compatibility is easily tested

Save a new, empty project [or, if you like, one with a single callout], in 2019; exit 2019; change the tscproj version to 2.0; open in 2018; exit 2018; change the tscproj version to 0.5; open in 9; if the project loads/opens OK, the downgrade is OK

For me, there are numerous practical reasons why this is helpful; one big one is that I can edit a project in 2019 while another 2019 project, downgraded to 2018, is being produced in 2018; this seems to work fine on my modest Lenovo i5 laptop

So, you can take advantage of 2019's improved editor when doing your work, and you can greatly increase your productivity [edit while producing]

Again, if you don't use any new version features [and I never do}, this works just fine

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Bottom line, am I missing any MUST have features by still using Cam 9.
Is it worth the upgrade??

I gave up on Cam 2018 ad reverted back to Cam 9

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That's a personal decision to me Bill.
You either value the new features or you don't. There all spelled out in the release notes.

Camtasia version history 

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In addition to Joe's advice, this is precisely why trial periods exist.

Download it. Kick the tires. Put it through its paces. Try the things that frustrated you before and see if they have improved. ;)
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Yes I agree with Rick and Joe. I always no matter what software I am looking into purchasing try the Trial Versions if they are offered and put it through the paces to see if it will work for my purposes or what I am trying to accomplish before dropping the dime to purchase the software.
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Official Response
For the record, altering the tscproj json and moving / swapping files that are part of a Camtasia project are not recommended or supported actions. It may cause unexpected results at present and there's a good chance it will corrupt your project now, or in the future. Changing these values may trick older Camtasia projects into being compatible with newer versions of the software, but it also bypasses important project conversion code. They are your files and you are welcome to do what you want with them, but we don't support that behavior and hope you will not recommend altering projects in this manner to other users.

Thanks for the generous donation of your time and knowledge--I know our team and fellow users really appreciate it.

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