Moving Project Files to computers with different versions

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I am building computer training and my workflow requires me to screen capture off a computer with Version 8 Camtasia and then move it to my desktop PC with Version 7.1 installed on it.  When I try to  I get an error because I the files is from a never version. 

I hope there is a solution that doesn't require me to change the version of the products that I have.

Thanks






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Joe Morgan

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Camtasia 8 is not backward compatible with Camtasia 7. You will always receive the same error.

As long as the computer you have Camtasia 7 installed on uses Windows 7 or above Camtasia 8 will run on it.
You can install Camtasia 8 on 2 computers legally. Just activate it using the same activation key used for Camtasia 8.

You can download and install a new or an older version from this link.

https://www.techsmith.com/download/oldversions

 

If you no longer have access to your Activation Key,

You can acquire it by submitting the e-mail address you used to purchase the program on this Web Site.

 http://www.techsmith.com/support/lostkey.asp

 

If you no longer have access to the e-mail address you used to purchase the key. You should contact Support to assist you. https://support.techsmith.com/hc/en-us/requests/new

Regards, Joe

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Hello,

Everything Joe has said is correct. Thanks, Joe for that helpful information.

I am very curious about your particular workflow... why would you be using using version 8 to capture with but version 7.1 to edit with? I am wondering if this is just because you have different versions at home and at work or a client site?
If so, if you own the Camtasia 8 license, then you can indeed install that on two computers.
However, if your client owns the 8 license, then this would not work.

So, thinking about this... you could produce the video you record from the V7 build to MP4. Then, share that MP4 with your V7 computer.

Maybe let us know a bit more about this unique situation and others can chip in and help if necessary with their own tips.

Kelly
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I work in a Large Processing Plant that I run from a control room via a Distributed Control System (DCS). 

I had our programmer install Camtasia on this system so I can screen record myself performing various tasks on the computer (how I operate the plant).  Version 8 was ordered and installed on the system.

I wasn't going to edit the videos on the DCS computer so I had our Network IT people install it on my Network PC.  They subsequently installed the version that our company already owns a license for.  It turned out to be the older version 7.1.  The plan is for me to use my video editing skills ( I do it at home as a hobby) to take the screen captures a build training videos that other process operators could use to learn how to run the plant. 

Coordinating the installation of Camtasia on both our DCS System and my Network computer took months of effort and are not going to get changed easily (or at all).

Can I make this work?

Thanks

Brad

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You could record your screen using the format .avi  and then you can edit that in Camtasia 7.

The default avi recording format is called "Techsmith screen codec 2".
It's not a 100% loss-less format but it is the same high quality format  used when recording to .trec or .camrec.
This ensures that you can produce the same high quality videos you are accustomed to.
 
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If you want to add highlight effects to the cursor you can do that as well. What you need to be aware of is that the cursor effects will be burned into the video and you cannot edit the effects later.
I hope this clears things up for you. Regards, Joe

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I'd recommend a slight variant on this approach... You could also capture on the CS 8 system to AVI using the TSCC codec (instead of TSC2). The TSCC codec is 100% lossless and was the default in CS 7.

TSC2 was introduced in CS 8 and meant for use primarily with CS 8. By comparison, the TSC2 codec is faster with smaller recording file sizes, especially when the content includes real world camera content. But since TSC2 wasn't around during the lifetime of CS 7, the vast majority of testing was done with TSCC AVI files in CS 7. So this format is probably the most compatible if you're planning to recording in v8 and edit in v7.

Hope this helps.
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to add another option to what Joe has suggested ...

capture on the CS 8 system using the .trec format; use that capture in a CS 8 project, and set any cursor properties you want; then produce as AVI [cursor effects will get burned into the video] and further edit that on the CS 7 system

note: you can configure CS 8 Recorder to put each new capture automatically on timeline so you can immediately set cursor effects and make the AVI; this workflow  can go very fast
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Hey, thanks so much for the help!

I'll give that a try :)

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Hi Brad,

Just as another thought, if your company purchased a license that you are using, and you need to work on your projects with another computer, you can install version 8 on your working computer.

You are permitted to install a license on two computers - you just cannot use both of them at the same time.

So, it might be worth it to install V8 at home with the key from the production license. This way you can just record and edit without having to worry about losing any of the benefits from the TechSmith recording file.

If that is not possible, you will need to use the workarounds given to you here.

Good luck!
Kelly