Moving camtasia projects to another computer

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Hi,
My old computer was dead two weeks ago. I bought a new computer now. I take out my Hardrive and transfer the data to my new computer. Now when I open the project files, it requires to find the media files.

In camtasia 8, it expects me to find each file one by one, which will be an amazing job, plus it does not show me the file name when finding the file (only once and when I start looking the folders ... it disapear). Actually all the media files are in the sub-directory, such as the following: (the path from the project root are the same in the old and the new)

Old:
E:\abc\cde\camtasiaprojct\video\sub-topic\123.mp4
E:\abc\cde\camtasiaprojct\video\sub-topic2\343.mp4

New
D:\user2\abc\cde\camtasiaprojct\video\sub-topic\123.mp4
D:\user2\abc\cde\camtasiaprojct\video\sub-topic2\343.mp4

It should have a easier way to do it, but camtasia requires me find them one by one. Do I have any easier way to do it? or I can open the file with text editor to change all the path manually?

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

By the way, I have done some search and some talking about export to zip and then import. In my case, since my old computer was dead, that is not possible for me.
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Samarn Sumrith

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Hi hosais,

do you know that .camproj file is text file? it's means that you can edit it with any text editor. for your case, you open it with text editor and use find and replace function. find old path and replace it with new path. your project will works again.

before you edit .camproj file. don't forget to backup it. hope you enjoy with Camtasia Studio like me. :-)

Samarn
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excellent "outside the box" suggestion

I edit camproj files all the time; you can use virtually almost any text editor; I use Beyond Compare 4

I have some button-style project files with thousands of hotspots; changing the paths for all those hotspots [like from a relative URL to absolute URL] would be mission impossible, time-wise, working within the editor; updating 75 URLs at a time with a single find-replace in the camproj takes 1 second

not for the faint-of-heart, but definitely a skill worth mastering 

you can also use the technique to edit/change text related to captions, markers, etc

but, be sure the original project is safely exported as zip, and do make a safe backup of the camproj before editing
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Hi samarn and kayakman, Thank you for your quick posts. I returned my new laptop yesterday. I will try this soon.

Cheers
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i have the same original question but do not see an answer here? How to import project files from one computer to another?
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Samarn Sumrith

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If you want to edit project in another computer. you must export project as zip from file menu. in another computer, drag and drop zip file on clip bin.
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Jim Strickland

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Thank you. I will try that
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lshoe

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Has the process of moving projects to a new computer gotten easier with Camtasia Studio 9 (or 2018)? I have hundreds of projects from CS9 and CS8 and am not up for zipping and unzipping them one by one.  Is the easiest way still to edit the project file in a text editor?

Thank you.
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Samarn Sumrith

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you can move projects from old computer to new computer with same path and user like old computer (with all files too). so you can open old project with no problems.

if you don't have the same user with old computer? you can create new user on new computer.
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kayakman, Champion

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exporting those projects as zip, and importing those zips into Camtasia 2018, is the practical thing to do; editing all those old project files to change all the paths, and copying over all the media files, would typically be much more labor intensive, and error prone, than simply exporting as zips

I have several thousand legacy projects archived in zips, that I need to maintain access to; can't imagine not having them in zipped format

as a best practice, when a new version of Camtasia is available, I'll import each into the newest version to confirm the old archived projects are still intact, then export again as a new version's zip, for safe keeping

Note: updating old zips usually only works one or 2 versions back, so keeping the zips current is always the safe bet
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another reason why you should always export as zip any projects you will need to visit again in the future  ...

if you have used any Library assets in the projects, those will be lost unless unless you also export the Library assets as libzip files, and import those into Camtasia on the new PC; I've not tried just moving the project and media files and importing libzips, but I'm not sure all the references to the Library assets would survive intact

IMHO better to be safe than sorry
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Joe Morgan

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Yet another reason Linking library assets to the library was such a great feature.

I quit using the library in Camtasia 2018. TechSmith thinks it's new and improved.

All depends on how you utilize it.
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Windows used to have  "Easy File Transfer" built into the operating system.

You could use it to transfer all your files, User name, etc. To a new computer. Then they partnered with a software company for the service.No process is flawless.Including Zipping Projects. I suspect that's why Microsoft got away from the file transferring business.

Well that service Microsoft partnered with. Charges for the program now.

If you have an external hard drive, all you have to do is copy your files to the hard drive correctly and paste them into the same location on the new computer.And your good to go.

You don't have to Zip an Unzip 100's of projects to accomplish this.

A better approach is t use a free program like https://www.easeus.com/free-pc-transfer-software/
Let it transfer your data for you.No muss, no fuss.

A zipped archive of projects that will be updated and re-produced should be stored on a separate HD. That way you've covered your bases.

Regards,Joe

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Thanks, everyone - this is helpful.