Organizing Project Files

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(This idea comes what we’ve heard here in this community as well as from other customer feedback methods we utilize. The feedback we gather here will help us gauge how well it fits our users’ needs. Please let us know what you think)

The Problem
Managing project assets is difficult without ability to designated a single location for all files associated with a project
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David D, Technical Product Manager - Camtasia

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Posted 1 year ago

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MelGrubb

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I've been putting all my video and audio clips, pictures, etc. in an "Assets" folder, but Camtasia still records everything new into the same folder as the project file itself, which gets very messy very quickly. I do my editing, then move the assets to the folder and let Camtasia complain about it and ask me to find the missing media. It's a workaround at best.
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MelGrubb

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I renamed it to "Media" to match Camtasia. Insert joke about hard things in computer science here.
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DrivenMavens

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Question, in the media folder, I have created templates for intros, custom animations, etc...is there a way to put these into subfolders? It get's cumbersome to scroll through my list every time I save to the library.  perhaps I need to just look into the C: drive Camtasia folder and create it there?  
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Mal Reynolds

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A "single" folder is delightfully anachronistic, so I'm not voting for this. You should be able to specify a root folder, optionally in a relative position (you know, just like we've been doing for wwbsite design for the last two decades) and Camtasia should be able to search all of the sub-folders so that you can separate things into various types of assets. There should be a second path relating to a project which can be specified for global (cross-project) assets. At present I dump everything in the same folder as the Camtasia project so that when I inevitably move it (hard disks don't have infinite capacity), at least the project doesn't break while I spend half an hour re-linking all assets. It's messy, it's wasteful since I need to store duplicates of asset files, but at least I know that the project will work the next time I open it.

I doubt we'll ever see this happen, but I'm not voting for the "single location" idea either since IMHO that doesn't fix the issue of Camtasia not handling relative paths. It certainly doesn't fix the problem of Camtasia not doing sub-folder scans.
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marcellusmcmillian

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I can't speak for others but this is becoming more and more of an issue for me. I record Videos Daily now for most of my projects and this folder system is trouble on every level. I have to create the video One file, Edit the video another file, Produce the video another file and try and keep all these separate? OMG! I am going crazy. Now I create a folder for projects that normally have two video folders...Recorded and Produced for the final project but now I feel that is just to much to have to do to create videos.
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Rick Stone

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Hi there

From my own experiences I say "good luck" if you think you will get away from dealing with different files by switching applications.

All video editors I've ever seen have a file that is used to organize the project. The video files themselves (camera recordings, images, other files) are separate files that are managed by the first file I mentioned. The final output file is indeed different from the source and the project file.

About the only "extra" file added by Camtasia is its own recording file (TREC format). 

Cheers... Rick :)
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jmendelson54

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I want to be able to instruct Camtasia to store all of my files per the way I instruct Camtasia to do it. I agree with MelGrubb's comment that having Camtasia designate a sole location for storing files is messy.
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David D, Technical Product Manager - Camtasia

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Official Response
We've updated the status of this idea to Under Consideration.

We are actively working on ways to organize and manage assets associated with projects. We will include the suggestions included in this idea as we progress in that work. We'll provide additional updates here as we progress.
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MelGrubb

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Well, let me summarize my priorities then.

1) Relative paths.
This makes projects portable and enables #2

2) Record new media to a folder called "Media" in the same directory as the project.
This cleans up the project folder, and enables #3

3) An option to delete, or at least identify unused files in the Media folder above.
Maybe I don't need that old intro section from two years ago anymore, but I currently can't tell whether the project is using some part of it or not.
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Drew

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Since this appears to have been moved to "Under Consideration" almost a year ago, I'd like to chime in with a "me too" as well. Having my .trec files all in one big folder while all of my .camproj files are elsewhere is confusing and risks me losing the links between them. It would be great to have an option to set the recorder to store the recordings in a subfolder relative to the project file.