Is it possible to export a Camtasia 8 project from Camtasia 9?

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Is it possible to export a Camtasia 8 project from Camtasia 9?
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Hi there

While there is no direct way such as saving the TREC as a Version 8, you could produce the video as an AVI. Then import the AVI into version 8. But if you have any captions and whatnot, those would be burned into the AVI.

Cheers... Rick :)
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I've just now started using Cam 9, but it would seem to me the best way to test it is to export from Cam 8 as a zip file (it's the only way to get ALL associated files from one computer to another) and import it into Cam 9.  If it goes...perfect.  A very simple and quick way to get the answer yourself and nothing gets lost.
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...hummmm...now that I re-read the question, it almost sound like he meant to say import from 8 to 9.  not sure why you'd push a project from 9 to 8.  But even then, try it as a zip file and see what happens 
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a CS9 zip will not open in CS8 because the project file is a CS9 file
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In many cases what happens is that you have an environment where more than one person is using Camtasia. So you find yourself with perhaps adding a new person to the mix and all you can purchase is the newest version of Camtasia. So the desire is to be able for the new person to work on a project perhaps using version 9, then hand it off to folks using version 8 for further editing.
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No. They purposefully made it so you could not....in order to coerce people using the trial to upgrade before they are ready. I made the mistake of trying to test the new version, using the trial, on a work project that involved HOURS of editing work. When I went to render the video and turn in, ONLY THEN do they tell you that it is watermarked....unless you upgrade. Lose your work or upgrade. That's the sneaky way  of trying to force users to purchase before they have had a full 30 day evaluation.

The end result is that I've paid $100 for a BETA build, full of bugs....so much so, that I cannot use C9 on a work project until these bugs get squashed.
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dnashj33,
I don't believe you are the victim of a TechSmith conspiracy to coerce you into anything.

Here's my thoughts on that.
 It might be a good idea if the trial version opened with a "Trial Version" splash screen warning .
 Ideally it would warn you that the trial version is for evaluation purposes only.
Plus,  there will be a watermark if you render a video. 

A document created in Microsoft WORD is "Generally but not always" backward compatible.Meaning you can open documents created in Office 2016 in Office 2010. That's  because the program remains pretty much unchanged from version to version.

That's not the case with video editing.
A video editing program is far more complex. Features may or may not use the same algorithms,codecs,etc.
Not all features will work the same.That's just the way that it is.This makes backward compatibility problematic.
I've used a lot of video editing software over the years and to the best of my knowledge . Not one has the ability to open a projects from a newer version.
Something as primitive as Microsoft Movie Maker "Might?" Although , I think that's unlikely as well. 

Regards,Joe
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Who said anything about a conspiracy? Why would they put a watermark restriction on the render, with no forethought or purpose? It is there for no other reason than to compel trial users to upgrade or buy. So is the inability to get your work in the trial, out of the app.,  They know it's a dead end street, if you start working in the trial version. The user doesn't....until they reach the end of the project.

Too late then. You either have to accept the lost work, or you have to fork over the cash for the upgrade. It's a bad practice. Not saying they have ill intentions, just that on the consumer end, it sucks because you don't know this up front. That part does need to change.

Again, I work for a software company, and we do not have these kinds of limitations. The 30 day trial is unrestricted. We also allow ALL current license holders to participate in evaluating/using BETA builds. Which is ongoing. It helps to reveal more bugs/issues than a small group would. And the whole community knows when an official release is about to happen. There is a period of weeks or so, where all feature additions...small or large...are stopped and the developers just focus on stability by addressing bug reports and known issues.
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That's why I said I think there should be a splash screen warning people about the trials limitations.That screen should pop up every time you open the recorder or editor.

I think there's a fine line between coercion and conspiracy. It's difficult to have one without the other.
 
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No, it's just a matter of them having a bad policy (for both the Trial version restriction and limited community Beta participation) and as a long time customer/user, I'm trying to make them aware of the frustration level it can cause, from our end of things. That's all.

At minimum, if they insist on keeping the watermark on the trial, place some sort of notification of it on the Trial download page. That is a reasonable and common courtesy. Additionally, they should allow the trial user to export a project back to CS 8. I mean for Pete's sake, the trial is only for 30 days. If they are afraid users will try to get over and use v9 > export to CS > render....SO FREAKING WHAT?!!! They can only do it for 30 days, max! And they still cannot use the supposed improved rendering in v9 (without purchasing the upgrade).

Geesh! Are they really that worried? Either they are, or they simply want to compel/coerce...whatever term you want to use...the consumer to purchase now, rather than use the full 30days to see if the app delivers and is stable enough to use for work.
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I have the same problem. Download the trial of Camtasia 9, and now I would like to export without watermarks. My plan was to import to our 8 version and to export the move. Can I do it somehow? please help
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Camtasia 9 projects are not backward compatible.
You could play the video in Camtasia 9 and record that while it plays.Then edit that recording in Camtasia 8.
The .trec recording you used in Camtasia 9 originally will open in Camtasia 8 without issue.Then you could just re-edit that recording from scratch.In the long run, that would yield the best results in most cases.

Regards,Joe
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