Some File Name 1 of 3.mp4
Some File Name 2 of 3.mp4
Some File Name 3 of 3.mp4
Some File Name 1of4.mp4
Some File Name 2of4.mp4
Some File Name 3of4.mp4
Some File Name 4of4.mp4
Luckily I don't usually have more than 4 files, so it's fairly easy to work around it. I either give up on the group-select right-click then "Add to Timeline at Playhead", or I let it add them, then move clip 1 up to the next track, slide all the other tracks to position 0 then drag clip 1 onto the end.
Is there a better way I can name the files (because it's usually me that names them) so that the sorting logic in Camtasia 9 gets it right all of the time when adding multiple files to the timeline at once?
some workaround suggestions ...
manually name every file; use file names that start with a number, and contain no spaces; like 01_SomeFileName, 02_AnotherFileName, etc
after putting the files in the bin, save project, exit Camtasia, re-launch, reload project; this seems to enable logically named files to go on timeline in expected order
this issue also shows up when a multiple selection is dragged/dropped onto timeline
the behavior is flakey; often only the 1st file is displaced, usually to last on the timeline
overall, I now just use numerical names, like 001, 002, 003; or 001_image, 002_image, etc.
I work with many projects that have hundreds of files named like the image approach above; that schema never gives any problems; don't know why
I get the impression that this behavior may be related to Camtasia's auto-naming function in Recorder, and how Camtasia treats the 1st file placed in the bin
I'll try your suggestion of putting the number first (01_, 02_, etc).
Kayakman, I've just thought of another idea to add to your workflow. I'll have a dummy short clip and name it 00_something.mp4. That will be my superfluous file that I drag and drop along with my real files that are numbered from 01_ onwards. Then when the 00_ clip finds itself at the end, instead of having to drag clips around the timeline, I just delete the last clip.
It appears you may have already identified the real problem? "Auto Naming" So, Stop auto naming your files.
I never do or have. You end up with countless files without an identity. I let the preview window open and name my files as I save them.
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You can stick with a failed filing system, wait for TechSmith to correct this.
Let’s see Camtasia 9 was released 2 years ago. Yeah, why
change your ways now? A fix is probably right around the corner?
The problem most certainly resides within Camtasia, not Windows. So lets lay the blame at the foot of the offending software.
Or do nothing and Live with the problem. The choice is yours the way I see it.
GOOD GOD kayakman, why didn't you just report this in the first place?????????????????????????
If you were aware that this has been a problem for "SEVERAL YEARS" You start with that acknowledgment.
You could have saved me and everyone else the trouble of attempting to/or actually reproducing an issues that has existed for years.
Several years involves Camtasia 8 as well.
Now say for a moment TechSmith could correct MS APIs and 3 months down the road, MS changes the API and now 100,000 installations of Camtasia fail completely.
Admittedly, I'm not a very good programmer, but I know enough to appreciate the heck out of the 10 million lines of code that reside in 10,000 APIs - all available to me and 100 million other programmers, free of charge. In fact I think of one of my programs as being a 100 story building, it's my building but all I had to do it put the deck furniture on the roof.
this is a well known issue; affects both CS9 and CS2018; clips do not go on per the sort order in the bin; the order is determined by the file names [or is supposed to]; I refreshed a bug report about this just a couple of months ago
That's what you posted at the start of the post . There's no mention of the issue dating back several years. So I wasted my time perusing the issue.
No you didn't. You brought it up just 2 hours ago.
Ed Covney, I removed my Windows post because when I hit enter to post it.
There was kayakmans with acknowledgment that TechSmith was aware of this and had been for "Several Years".
So Windows was only a possibility in my mind in the first place. Thats why I wrote So the disconnect may be a windows update? With a Question Mark following the sentence.
Had kayakman acknowledged this dated back to Camtasia 8 and Camtasia 9 beta. I would have never bother to comment at all. Let alone create a video.
If it's a Windows problem, so be it.
I finally got an "official" explanation ...
CS9 and CS2018 both use "time-placed-in-bin" to determine sort order when multiple clips are placed on timeline at same time; clip name is not involved, just a time stamp that is associated with each clip
if working on the typical screencast project [ i.e., not screencasting a Camtasia tutorial], the sort issue can be avoided by setting Recorder to "add-to-bin"; if a sequence of captures is then multiple selected, they can be sent to timeline in correct order [again, based on the time they individually go into the bin]
however, if working on a screencast of a Camtasia tutorial, there is only one practical workaround if a lot of captures are involved: use CS8 to initially assemble the project where multiple selected clips need to be placed on the timeline at the same time; CS8 does not have the "time-in-bin" limitation, and sorts are based on clip name; so a sequence of logically named captures works
I've also found that if the project involves lots of markers, and perhaps a quiz, CS8 works better because its new marker function and quiz UI are far better than in CS9 or CS 2018; and I still think the CS8 UI is far easier on the eyes than the UI in CS9/CS2018
Once the project is initially assembled, then it can be opened in CS 2018 for further editing and production
How To Use CS8 To Start Build Out Of CS 2018l Camtasia Tutirial Projects That Use Multiple Sequential Captures