Library location

  • 2
  • Question
  • Updated 4 years ago
Hi - i notice as i add to my library in Studio my C: drive is rapidly diminishing. Can i move the library to another drive?
Photo of gus carusi

gus carusi

  • 7 Posts
  • 0 Reply Likes

Posted 6 years ago

  • 2
Photo of Logan S.

Logan S.

  • 2813 Posts
  • 153 Reply Likes
Hey Gus,

As long as it's a local drive, you shouldn't see any issues. If you try to move it to a network location, you might have issues.
Photo of gus carusi

gus carusi

  • 7 Posts
  • 0 Reply Likes
Hey Logan - do i literally just cut and paste the library folder? i don't see any option to change the path anywhere.
Photo of kayakman

kayakman, Champion

  • 7082 Posts
  • 2325 Reply Likes
Logan, Gus, I don't think you can move [relocate] the Library folder? Or at least I've never figured out how. If it is possible, I could sure use a heads up on how ...

But as you add assets, you can export them as libzip files then delete those assets in Library to free up space on your C drive
Photo of gus carusi

gus carusi

  • 7 Posts
  • 0 Reply Likes
thanks kayakman. otherwise best i can tell , it does appear the library is hard coded to the install drive.
Photo of Logan S.

Logan S.

  • 2813 Posts
  • 153 Reply Likes
Whoops, in my mind, I read this as moving to another computer. Thanks Kayakman!
Photo of kayakman

kayakman, Champion

  • 7082 Posts
  • 2325 Reply Likes
if you are confident with managing file folders and CS ...

here is a "off label" way of managing the Library that works well when your Library holds focused collections of assets [just proceed with caution] ...

as the Library folder gets full [and C drive space limited], with CS closed, rename the Library folder with some easily managed schema [like C:\ProgramData\TechSmith\Camtasia Studio\Library 2.0-MyPersonalStuff]

copy that folder off to a different drive

delete the original folder on the C drive

re-launch CS and a new, empty Library folder is created

repeat as you fill the new Library folder with assets

when you need to work with a relocated Library collection, first, and with CS closed, rename the current Library folder [like to Library 2.0 temp], then copy the one you need back to C:\ProgramData\TechSmith\Camtasia Studio\ and rename it back to Library 2.0; open CS and you'll be good to go

if the folder you renamed is large and you need C drive space, move it elsewhere

I use this method often because is it faster than exporting and importing libzips

the Library is a great tool that can extend the CS Editor by an order of magnitude

this collection of 13 Library tutorials might be of interest ...

http://www.screencast.com/t/22PyVrhGvl
Photo of Rick Grunwald

Rick Grunwald

  • 1418 Posts
  • 981 Reply Likes
You could move the library from Appdata to another drive then create a junction from the new location where the original files were 
Photo of Mary Vivit

Mary Vivit

  • 99 Posts
  • 27 Reply Likes
I'm snagging this thread for a library-related question. I'm breaking up a large file into logical chunks for editing. I've been copying and pasting sections into new projects, but I've thought about simply adding to the Library.

I'm leaning toward using the Library because I will need to create two versions of each segment, and having one Library item to use multiple times is great. I'm concerned, though, if I delete the items from the Library when the project is over. I may still need to open the project files to grab video snippets. When I try to delete an asset from the Library now, I'm warned that "Deleting assets from the Library may cause some Camtasia Studio projects to break." 

Is this a valid concern?
Photo of kayakman

kayakman, Champion

  • 7082 Posts
  • 2325 Reply Likes
yes; deleting library assets that may still be referenced by unzipped projects will break those projects

best practice ... if you think you may need to access a library asset sometime again, export the asset as a libzip [right click option]; once exported, you can then delete the asset from the library; import the libzip if you need to use again

if you want to learn more about using the library to maximum advantage, this series of tutorials may be helpful ...

http://www.screencast.com/users/cookbookplusman/folders/Using%20Library
Photo of Mary Vivit

Mary Vivit

  • 99 Posts
  • 27 Reply Likes
Sounds like a very solid practice, kayakman. I'll export to keep a copy of it in the project directory hierarchy to use later, if necessary. And thanks, again, for the nice tutorial series you have done. They help a lot.
Photo of sean.mcclelland

sean.mcclelland

  • 1 Post
  • 3 Reply Likes
I think what we really need here, is a feature request, not a work-around. We need the ability to change the default location of the Library. Period, end of story ;-). Is suggesting it here enough to get it in the feature request queue?

We have Camtasia in a student lab, and our computers are deep freeze protected, so each time the computer is restarted, it's wiped clean. Students must store their projects on external hard drives. This means the Library feature is virtually useless... and we really need to be able to merge projects.
Photo of medotsteve

medotsteve

  • 1 Post
  • 0 Reply Likes
This is an important feature request as Program Data is not intended to store HD media content. It's purpose is to store specific data that is used by an application to execute required tasks. 
Photo of Ian Batchelder

Ian Batchelder

  • 10 Posts
  • 0 Reply Likes
I agree with Sean on this.  In-fact, we have multiple users of the software in my environment and we could really use the ability to share the library over the network.  We are able to export and import assets as a workaround, but it sure would be nice if I saved an asset to the library, my office-mate could access it, as could the other content creators.  Will probably set-up dynamic links or junctions to address the growing issue, but it would be nice to simply be able to have a shared library.
Photo of kayakman

kayakman, Champion

  • 7082 Posts
  • 2325 Reply Likes
have you tried copying/pasting the entire Library folder to various team members?  might be faster than exporting/importing assets; you are still limited to the Library folder being located at its default location

this may provide some insights ...

http://cookbookplus.com/Temp/TechSmith/HowTo/MultipleLibraries/MultipleLibraries_player.html

This conversation is no longer open for comments or replies.