Camtasia Mac to Camtasia Studio PC compatibility

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Can the Mac working format be transfered to the PC to continue a project? I have a Mac at school and a PC at home. Both with the software on it.
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Shoey

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Dave O'Rourke, Senior Software Engineer

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Sorry, no. The recording and project file formats are not compatible at this time. It is possible to export (a.k.a. produce) a video from one product in a format that can be imported into the other.

More details can be found here: http://techsmith.custhelp.com/app/ans...
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Glenn Hoeppner, Employee

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Here is the link to our new support site, the one in Dave's post is now obsolete:
https://support.techsmith.com/entries...
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Any chance the files are now compatible...9 months later?
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Dave O'Rourke, Senior Software Engineer

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Sorry, no. You can export to MP4 from either editor and bring the resulting video to the other platform, as described at the link above.

Amy, if you'd be so kind, we'd love to hear why this is important to you. We have a huge thread going, and we'd love it if you added your voice here: http://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmi...

Thanks.
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This is really disappointing. Unfortunately, we have already invested our time and money in Camtasia for Mac, and are now in a situation where we need both. Working in an environment that uses both PC for recording and Mac for editing and not being able to use the files cross-platform leaves me in a situation where I am looking for new software to use.
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One suggestion I have is to use a program such as Parallels on your Mac. This allows you to run a Windows environment on your Mac. I recently set this up on my Mac laptop and it is very slick. You can run the Windows version right on your Mac without having to reboot into that environment (like you need to do with Bootcamp).

Now I understand there could be licensing issues but it has certainly solved my issue for running Windows versions of my software and I picked up the current version of Parallels for under $30.

HTH
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The reason this is important is that the Mac version is an inferior product. I have used Camtasia since version 5 on the PC. For instance, the addition of something as simple as a title slide is not obvious at all on the Mac version. Why aren't the versions more closely aligned in look and feel. The only reason I need to even use this app on the Mac is to record demos for iOS development. Therefore, something like Parallels is a non-starter.

By the way, being able to export a "movie" to the PC version is also a total non-starter as you lose much of the interactivity when you do that.
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Martin Chambers

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Hi there,
Is Camtasia 8 cross platform?
So will a project created on a MAC work on a PC and vice versa?
Thanks.
Martin

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Camtasia Studio 8.
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I would also like to know if the programers can be more intentional about making Camtasia for Mac either identical to Camtasia Studio, or at least as close as possible to it in terms of features and functionality.

Or, are there technical/language/operating system issues that don't allow for it?

I want to believe that could be possible if everyone involved puts their minds together and keep customers like us in mind.
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This is a 3 year old thread yet there is still no development on this VERY important compatibility issue?    Is Techsmith working on this?  Do you have a resolution time-frame?  
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Brian Bennett

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Hi Geoffrey,
In May of this year, TechSmith released versions of Camtasia which have cross-platform recording formats (.trec). The project files are still limited to each OS, but it's something that takes a much longer time to develop properly.

Here's the Mac version history (2.8.0 is cross-platform recordings) and the Windows history (version 8.4).

Regards,
Brian
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Gerald

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It has always been possible to finagle Camtasia to allow cross compatibility of the source files.

The incompatibility of the project files (.camproj) is the real issue and that hasn't been fixed although one can see requests for it that are 3 years old.
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Geoffrey,

The path to cross platform projects is a long one. The only way to get there is with iterations that bring us closer to that goal. The cross platform recording format (.trec) is a step along that path. For some, this was all they needed. For others, we knew this wouldn't be enough.

While full cross platform project compatibility remains a goal of ours, it would be helpful to understand why you'd find a solution to this problem valuable in your workplace? Do you have a team of people working together, on different platforms? How do they share files? I ask because there may be ways for us to break this large problem down into smaller pieces, and deliver these in a shorter time frame. But it starts with us understanding the problem from your perspective. I would be grateful for any insight you'd be willing to share about how you (or others on this thread) see this being used in your work.

Thanks, and please keep the feedback coming.
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I am collaborating with someone to edit a set of videos.  He has a mac and I have a PC.  He will be sending me part of the project, I'll do some edits and send it back.  The only way we can collaborate is for him to install windows in boot camp.  

I do a lot of cross platform collaboration and I have never run into a problem that I couldn't get around.  So can you define long?  Is it time for me to look for other software and come back to Camtasia in a decade or so? 

"Thanks, and please keep the feedback coming."
I would be helpful to have feedback from Camtasia as well on what they are doing to improve their product.
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I also collaborative with people using both Mac and PC. For example, someone might record a presentation on a PC and I am tasked with editing the presentation but I work on a Mac. Also, I might start a project but then want to have a co-worker take over the project. I think the Mac and PC compatibility is a very important feature for a work environment where people work on both types of computers. All other programs I use ie-Microsoft Office,and Adobe Products have cross platform compatibility. 
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[I do not use the mac version, however ...]

does the mac version create AVI?

have your mac colleague send you your part of the project produced as AVI; start a PC project with that AVI; do your edits [but no markers, captions, hotspots, quizzes]; after finishing your edits, produce as AVI; send that back to colleague to be incorporated into final project

is that a viable current workaround?
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No, that doesn't work  

Let me give you an example:  

What you suggested is like writing a document in msword.  Saving the page as a jpg image, then sending it to a collaborator to edit for grammar.  
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OK; thanks for the clarification [you really want or have to be able to edit project objects]

I don't know about Macs, but powerful PCs are really cheap; maybe just bite the bullet and double up on system types for now?   Dave's response above suggests it will be a while before what you want might be possible?

Personally, I do not need to collaborate to do my screencasting, but I've lost many high-value archived projects over the years [so the base project is no longer available]; I've never found that to be a bar to my being able to reconstitute the ability to edit a new version of the project made from a surviving video file

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