Is there a way to use a proxy file workflow with Camtasia 2018?

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I primarily use Adobe Premiere Pro these days, and a big part of that is that it supports the use and creation of proxy files during the ingest/import and editing process.  
Is there any way to accomplish the same thing with Camtasia 2018?

Thanks!
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Hi Jim, 

My understanding is that the need that proxy files serves is allow the Premiere Pro to take massive raw digital cinema camera files (4k/8k that might be several gigabytes per minutes) and use a lower-res/lower file size as a stand-in for editing, during rendering, the larger version comes back in for a final, high-quality product. 

What issue would that be solving in Camtasia? Are the file sizes you're coming across so big that a smaller stand-in version would help you in the editing process?   
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Absolutely.

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I can tell you from personal experience that more color and clarity around your Camtasia experience will help the TSC team understand how this enhancement would serve their customer base.

This is not to push back on your idea. There’s a reason Premiere Pro uses it. But Premiere Pro is, despite its shortcomings, a professional NLE.

Camtasia is neither a professional nor a prosumer tool. It’s a consumer tool - and the workflow you’re suggesting would either be A) pretty complex for the average TSC user or B) require a fair bit of UI tweaking\backend work to make it understandable/user-friendly.
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Fair enough. In the interest of clarity though, I wasn't really looking for an enhancement. I was just looking for an answer as to whether that functionality exists or if someone in the community had discovered a method to make it work.
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My apologies. If there is, I am absolutely not aware of it.

I often see folks recommending a converter software, such as Handbrake, to use PRIOR to bringing the video file into Camtasia. 

Note, the above workflow is for third-party video that wasn't recorded natively using Camtasia. 

You could technically do that for a Camtasia screen recording, but you'd need to either A) export as an Mp4 first or B) extract the AVI from the TREC file and pull that into handbrake. 

 As far as I know, there's no functionality for Camtasia to marry the lower-res/file size version you edit to with the high-quality original, so the above workflow is more for making a video file that's smaller and/or easier to edit in Camtasia.
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long shot ...

if looking for a smaller file size that shows same media, maybe make a production of that clip at a lower frame rate, use it in the initial editing, them swap in the actual media using replace media?

I haven't tested this, but it might help?
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OK; just tested this theory; it works

took a MP4, produced to reduced its file size to less than 25%, used it in editing the project; then replaced the "proxy" w/original; that worked ...