Moving trec files after a project has been started

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I am just now learning video editing.  I have started my first project in Camtasia 2019, and all my recordings (i.e. trec files) have been automatically saved to the default Camtasia folder in my Documents folder.  So that's all fine.  But now I have learned about the importance of creating a file folder directory before I start my project in order to help keep me organized.  So, even though I've already started my project, I've created a file folder directory in my Documents folder.  (The folders in the directory include, for example, Saved Projects, Video, Audio, Non-original Media, Exported Movies, etc.)  My question is:  Is there a way to now move my trec files from the default Camtasia folder into the folders in my directory without screwing up my project?  In other words, can I move the trec files in such a way that Camtasia and my project will still know where to find them?  Thanks!!
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Joe Morgan

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Not really,
there may be some convoluted work around for this.
Bottom line, Camtasia looks for media in the location it was stored when last you saved your project.

People have been requesting relative paths that can locate the media where ever it resides.
Problem is, I don't think the Windows operating system has a system to support this.
Why would I say this???

I use a lot of programs, it doesn't matter what program I'm running. If I've moved a file,  I have to point the program to the new location to update that information. To the best of my knowledge, none of the programs will find them automatically.

Regards, Joe
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Joe - "convoluted"?  Apparently you've never created a virtual folder or drive.

#1 - Create a virtual folder - X:\ , then   ( " Subst X: D: " )

#2 - Put all Camtasia's files in THE VIRTUAL folder   X:\proj101\A  &  X:\proj101\B  &  X:\proj101\C.

#3 - All project 101 files in X:\proj101\  are really in D:\ but addressable as X:\ where Camtasia put it all.

#4 - I run out of room on D:\ and put all into a new larger E:\
#5 - re-Create a virtual folder - X:\ 
        a) subst X: /d removes the old virtual folder
        b) subst X: E: 

Now move everything in real D: (real) to a new actual E: (real) or virtual X: - I promise Camtasia won't know anything about the move.

NO re-pointing Camtasia anywhere - it's proj101 files still exist in "X:" (virtually), but in reality, you are in 100% control of where they actually lie. 

I admit, this is NOT for the faint of heart, so plan and test.

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No, I've never created a virtual folder or drive.


you closed your posting with this.............

I admit,
this is NOT for the faint of heart, so plan and test.


Which by definition. Is a Convoluted workaround from where I sit. 



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Joe - actually you have created lots of virtual space. "C:\" is an alias for a port (#), head (#), track (#) and offset or sector (#).  "www.google.com " is an alias for  "172.217.11.228" a DNS conversion. So you use hundreds, maybe thousands of "Aliases". "Subst" is command.com's version of an alias.
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The easiest way to do it is export the project in zip format from within Camtasia. That will put all the files together in a zip file. Then you put them where you want and unzip them. There are more options than this. But by exporting to a zip file, it will pull the file together and put them in one spot.
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Thank you both for your replies.  I really appreciate your help.   Cpr2010chas, I do have a question for you.  I want to be sure I understand your suggestion correctly.  Once I put the exported zipped trec files in the proper folders in my directory, they will trace back to the new copy of the project, is that correct?  Then I could just delete the original version of the project?  Is that the idea?
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If you delete the originals after you you zip the project then unzip in a new folder, Camatasia will look in the local folder but only if you delete the files from the original location. Camtasia will look for them in the old location but if it can’t find them it will then automatically look in the local folder.
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there is another approach if you do not have a large number of media files in your project

use the update media method [right-click media file in media bin, or on timeline]

relocate copies of your media files into whatever folder structure you want, keeping the originals in place so you don't break the project;  but first, be sure and export the original project as a zip [file menu option] to create a safe backup copy of the project and all its files

then, working with the original project, with the media in their new locations, go through the bin and use update media to point the project to the new locations; update media will change all instances of a file at same time

perhaps do a quick test to see how it might work for you

I use the method all the time and have always had excellent results


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if your project is based on a large number of media files that are organized in sub folders, and, you relocate all those media sub folders, you can quickly redirect the project  to point to all the new sub folder locations by find/replace editing, en mass, the file paths in the tscproj file ...

How To Relocate Project Media Files That Are Organized In Sub Folders 2020-04-23
https://www.screencast.com/t/u6MhN5OrZBe

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Terrific.  I really appreciate everyone's help.   You have given me several useful strategies.  Thank you all!