No relative paths in Camtasia 8.04

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Camtasia 8.04 (Build 1060) automatically inserts http:// in "Jump to URL". Consequently relative paths won't work. - This is a serious limitation.
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George Peschke

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Logan S.

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Hey George,

Sorry to hear you are having issues! We appreciate the feedback, but I would love to get a bit more info from you. Why exactly do you need relative paths? I'd love to be able to fill in the dev team on what our users are looking to do exactly.

Thanks!
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George Peschke

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For math instructional purposes, I generate a large number of short video clips. This involves sequential links between clips as well as cross references. Eventually, the entire clip collection will move from a development server to a production server. Relative paths will remain valid after the move. All absolute paths will break. If I have to work with absolute paths, I will have to manually change hundreds, possibly even over a thousand, of them and then reproduce each and every video, then verify again that everything works. -- Not a good use of anybody's time, especially when relative paths are an existing internet standard which eliminates this problem. - Why do you folks choose to break it?
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Josh Holnagel, Employee

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This doesn't solve your problem, George, but I want to offer it as a potential fix for part of your issue:

Instead of reproducing the entire project in order to update the hyperlinks, you should be able to open the XML file that gets produced and edit the URLs there. It's a relatively simple text edit rather than a whole reproduction.

Thank you for the feedback, though - and especially for the detailed use case. Logan and/or I will bring this issue up if the team hasn't seen this already.

-Josh
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kayakman, Champion

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I use relative links in my end action jumptoURLs and hotspot jumptoURLs productions all the time

I'm not sure I understand the issue here?
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Don Wallbaum

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Editing the XML file from an absolute to relative path DOES work, I have been fighting with the same issue. Since this DOES work on a webserver it seems odd, and irksome, that Camtasia doesn't offer relative pathing out of the box, instead of forcing the user to tweak an XML file. Downside to this is you can't tell if your pathing syntax is correct UNTIL you load it on a webserver, for viewing the content locally throws all manner of warnings saying you are doing something naughty.

So, instead of the XML file having the syntax of:

"http://C:/my project/project_file/project.html"

this gets changed to:

"project_file/project.html"

or whatever your relative path is.
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Don Wallbaum

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But..I agree that having to hack an XML file when relative pathing should be the default is unnecessarily complex. Dreamweaver, for example, uses relative pathing by default.
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Steve Jones

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Camtasia 8.5, the latest as of this post still has the full paths.  I use an external USB HDD to move from PC to PC and am not moving any files off the HDD.  However I keep having to "find" missing assets when the .camproj loads.  I see the primary solution in this thread is to modify the camproj (XML format) file.  Modifying the camproj file is such a hack and is completely unacceptable to place this kind of burden on the user (and purchaser!) of this product.  This thread is 1 year old and there appears to have been 5 updates since then and still TechSmith deems this issue to be less of a priority.  Shame, because as a programmer this type of fix is pretty simple.

-Steve
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Robert R., Online Community Admin

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Hi, Steve;

Sorry to hear of the troubles when it comes to moving projects; are you following the steps in our support article that covers the topic of moving a project between computers (found at: https://support.techsmith.com/hc/en-us/articles/203729068 )?
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Steve Jones

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No but what I do is unplug the external USB drive and plug it into another computer.  No exporting involved.  The project zipping is way too much work and is precisely why I bought the external HDD, so I didn't have to do what you suggest.  The project's home is the portable HDD.

I bounce between two PCs.  One for recording and the other for editing.  One is in my recording studio in a physically different location than my editing "studio" (my home office). 

I am a software developer by career and in contrast you can setup and move Visual Studio projects to other locations with zero impact to the projects and solutions.  No hardcoded, full paths unless you want them.

My solution was to name the drives the same between PCs.  The hardcoded paths remain unchanged because the permanent files are living on this portable HDD.  The only changes to the hardcoded paths was the drive letter which was being assigned with different letters between PCs.  So today I manually assigned a drive letter to match the hardcoded path.  As long as I make sure the portable HDD is the first USB device I plug in, it *may* get assigned the same drive letter.  Silliness, just silliness!
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Guido Leenders

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Hi Steve, I understand your frustration. We have been using Camtasia like 4 years now and I've learnt that it typically takes 3 yrs for a small change to propogate in a release. Too bad, there is not a good alternative that runs on windows. We have worked around it by minimizing use of camtasia and generating more and more of the xml ourselves in our build software and add our own filters to OmegaT for translation so you don't have to use Camtasia. Maybe that helps you.
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Steve Jones

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I bought fraps and use it for some things such as full screen capturing of an OpenGL app.  I am making OGL training videos and Camtasia fails to capture the full screen window created by GLFW.  So the easy fix is to not use Camtasia for that.  This is a low impact because the video course focuses mainly on windowed OGL apps.  For the most part my work flow works with Camtasia and I prefer its editor for the simple things I am doing even over Sony Vegas.  But that is mostly because I am new to Vegas.  A co-worker who is also making training videos chose to use Camtasia for the raw screen capture and minor edits like pan/zooms and callouts.  Then he produces an MP4 and imports that into Sony Vegas for full editing.  He uses After Effects for chroma key, video warping and corner pinning and other post processing effects.  Then he produces and imports those video clips as well into Vegas.

I don't mean to sound frustrated because for the most part Camtasia works and is a fairly simple editor to work with.  That said and the only other beef I have is with the mouse cursor showing as black (instead of white) in the trec recording file for Visual Studio 2013 which is the software editor I use during screen recording.  Not sure if it actually became a TechSmith ticket item but I did mention it in another forum thread.  I guess I need to wait 3 years for that fix.  :)   Someone suggested I use AVI instead of .trec and that is my plan going forward with future OpenGL tuts.

-Steve
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Steve Jones

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Recorded 2 videos with AVI instead of TREC format and the recordings are fine. Turns out I do not need any of the features provided in TREC so it has not impacted my editing or the final video product. As for the relative path problem, I use a portable usb HDD and made the drive letter the same on both PCs I use. Lucky that they remember drive letters.
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Frank Rem

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Why is a feature request for something so simple and obviously useful as relative paths to assets ignored by techsmith for years?
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Fred Grover, Champion

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I cannot answer that question but maybe someone from TechSmith will jump in here and answer it or you that are wondering could send in a question to TechSmith Support and ask them and see what they say back. Post it here is any of you do and let others know what they say and thanks for posting. It would be nice to have this feature for some of you and also hear a response back. Have a great day/night.

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