Many cuts during movie editing cause the editor to suddenly shut down and the project to be deleted

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Hi everyone,
I use Camtasia version 8.6.0 as a movies editor for some years.
There is a recurring "bug" which is extremely frustrating -
Every time I make a lot of cuts in the movie during editing (20, 30 cuts - more or less) - The editor suddenly shuts down, the project is deleted, and I need to start editing all over again. It happened to me dozens of times so far, and it causes me to waste a lot of time and effort. Very frustrating! I don't even know what I do wrong.

Is this a bug only in 8.6.0 version?
Do I need to download updates of 8.6.0 version?
 Will it be solved if I upgrade to an updated version of Camtasia?

Can you please help me?

Thank you, Ofir
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Joe Morgan

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Camtasia 8 is a 32 bit program.
Its possible to overwhelm RAM memory when using it.
If you open Task manager and keep an eye on Camtasia 8's usage. It it approaches 2GB. You should save the project.Close Camtasia and re-open it.
RAM usage should have dropped significantly.  Continue to edit ,rinse and repeat as needed. I had to do this many times with Camtasia 8.

If your experiencing RAM crashes. A new 64 bit version of Camtasia will help .As it can leverage all the RAM available.
You need to be running a 64 bit operation system.

Regards,Joe
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Thank you very much!!
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when using 8.6, you can improve the editing experience by simplifying the project; make interim productions to avi or mp4, and use the new production in a new project to continue editing; just add in any cursor effects at the get-go, and leave any interactive stuff for last

alternatively, break up the project in to sections, put the sections in  Library, and just work on one section at a time; you can re-combine all the separate sections at the end
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project edits add to the complexity of the project file [basically, a text file]; the more complex the file, the more stress on the editor, and on system resources

this tutorial might be helpful in understanding why simplification can be helpful ...

How Edits Affect Project Complexity And How Production Can Greatly Simplify 2019-11-08
https://www.screencast.com/t/vvm5UBbUhy

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Thank you very much!!
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I use v8.6 and can confirm that there is no upgrade within v8 -- it's all 2020 now.  And I experience the same kind of crashes that you describe.  It's annoying and frustrating.

A few tips that have helped me:

1.  Save frequently.
2.  Keep all of a project's resources in only a few folders.  If possible, avoid long path names to the files.
3.  Avoid resizing multiple clips at different amounts (or, if you do, try to make sure they are all the same resizing amount, e.g. 67% going from 1080 to 720).
4.  When a crash happens, use the Windows file explorer for recent files and double-click on the Camtasia project file; sometimes the program will restart and then ask if you want to recover the most recent, un-saved version of the file.  Say Yes to this.

I cannot wholeheartedly agree with our very expert champion Kayakman regarding saving interim versions; I have done this, and there is an unavoidable quality degradation if you export an MP4 only to import it later as one piece in a "master" project.  This degradation can be visually noticeable if you export at a quality level below 65%, and it is especially noticeable for audio (better to save the audio as a separate WAV file if exporting pieces for later import / reassembly).

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Thank you very much!!