New Idea: Media File Control

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I'd like to make a suggestion about Media File Controls.
1) When reviewing Media Files in a project, there should be an icon indicating which assets are being used in the timeline. I know I can delete unused assets but I'd like an indicator that let;s me see which assets are not being used before I commit to deleting unused assets.

Also, And this is a big one...

2) I'd like to see where the asset is located (Show Folder Location).
After making several videos, I discovered that many of my assets in the Media Bin were saved in a temp file and I ended losing my assets because I could not see they were in a temp file.
It would be outstanding if Camtasia could copy all assets being used to a desired location in some sort of batch copy process.
In other words, I'd like to see where assets are located and if they are not in the root folder of the project file, I'd like an option to copy those assets to the root folder or other desired location to ensure they are not deleted.
Snagit saves files in a temp file and every time I use Snagit to create snips for my project, I have to manually save it to my projects root folder for safe keeping. This should be easier to do in a batch edit process.

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regarding #2, you can right click a media bin clip, select details, and see the location
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Hi Kayakman,
You are correct, I can right click individual files, choose details and see the file location but when I have 50 assets in the bin... arg !
At the very least, I'd like to see the location in the Mouse Over Window.
Ideally, it would be nice to see it in a column and to make the Media Bin frame adjustable.
Because it is so tedious to check on the locations of all my resources, I've been saving them to my project folder individually when I first create/capture them but this adds a considerable amount of time to the process.
That is why I'd like an option to save all assets in the media bin to a desired location in 1 batch process.
That would be much easier, don't you think?
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How exactly are you using SnagIt?
The program is so versatile, I may have a suggestion or 2  to streamline your workflow.

Regards,Joe
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Hi Joe,
I use Snagit to clip anything and every thing. Clips are saved in a temp folder by default and that is fine for most clips. Whenever I need a clip for Camtasia, i can drag and drop from the editor. This is fast and easy. Only problem is it is still in the temp folder and if it is cleaned up, the resource is no longer available in the video.
I learned every time I need a clip from Snagit, I have to save it in the folder of my projects for safe keeping. Currently I'm developing a training program with about 21 videos and each are in their own folder so all the resources are kept in their respective folders.
Sometimes I use images saved from the internet to. This is saved to the default location and that is fine in most cases. I've been manually moving copies from Snagit and Downloads to projects resource folder.
I wish Camtasia would allow me to save all Media bin assets to one location so the whole process can be done in one action instead of doing it manually/individually.
I know I can choose the save location of each clip/photo and I have been but it would be far easier doing it the way I mentioned above don't you think?
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You can create a custom capture profile. Selecting a folder to save your captures to.
Theres auto-naming settings/choices. You can chose the format to save to.
You can set the capture so it doesn't open the Camtasia editor as well. If the capture has a destination, the editor can/will remain closed.
Add a keyboard shortcut if desired.

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OK, I tried this and was optimistic at first. It isn't really working for me because I need to save the file name specifically and you can't chose the file location automatically if you need to choose a name first.
I cannot use the automatic naming feature because I'd never figure out what SNAG-0001 through Snag-0030 is by file name.
The preview thumbnail doesn't help in most cases because I'll have 5 screen shots of the same document in different stages of being filled out.
I also almost always need to use the editor as I typically apply borders and shading to set the clip off the screen or else it gets lost in the background when I'm superimposing a clip over a similar screen shot.
I did however, learn to change my setting to file (I had it set to none) and set it to ask me for a name and choose last file location so that does get me a few clicks closer to a streamlined process.
If they paid me in mouse clicks, I wouldn't care so much, LOL!

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regarding ... "It would be outstanding if Camtasia could copy all assets being used to a desired location in some sort of batch copy process" ...

export your project as a zip; then, in a new project, import that zipped project; all assets will be in the same folder location [the extract location]
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Now that is the closest idea to what I'm looking for.
It's a hack, but not a bad one at that!
TY
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if I recall correctly, many years ago, Camtasia [back then] had a function that would gather all assets referenced in a project, into a designated folder location

I believe that function was dropped because the export-as-zip/re-import accomplished the same thing
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I'm definitely trying this moving forward, Thanks!
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With the new Camtasia Library. You can create what I believe is an unlimited number of new library's? If theres a limitation, I'm unaware of it.
You can create a project folder or multiple folders for different projects, the possibilities are wide reaching.



There are a couple of drawbacks to this approach.
The biggest is that you can end up with a lot of duplicate files. The Library saves content to a dedicated folder as a new file.
The folder is located on the C-Drive by default. You cannot change it's location through Camtasia.

When your done with your project. You could delete the Library contents if desired. If you save your projects to a zipped folder for future editing purposes or archiving. All images in the media bin will be included in the zip. So you could feel free to delete the library assets at that time.

Or select and export them as a .libzip?

For what it's worth,Joe