Rename files in media bin

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Basically I'm unable to rename my files in the media bin. I find it mind boggling that this is something not present in Camtasia 9 (for windows). This is such a basic thing that it's unfathomable, unimaginable that this is NOT PRESENT.

I'be been previously using lightworks and it such a breeze compared to camtasia, even though it's a professional level software.

Please, include this feature in the software ASAP.

So far I'm not overly satisfied with camtasia 9. 
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This could be something that could come in useful for some. Myself when I need to rename one of my files I do it outside of Camtasia and just rename the Project. I cannot agree with the comment about Lightbox as it is an NLE (Non-Linear Editing) Software and Camtasia does offer some video editing options but is not considered at least by me as a True video editing software like Lightworks which I have used the free version in the past and it does a nice job for what the purpose serves.

As far as having them add this feature ASAP that most likely will not happen as it will mostly likely be voted on and see how many users may or may not find it useful and what is the top priorities for upgrade versions or maintenance upgrades are made.

With that being said I can say I respect what you are looking for in the software and respect that you posted it here for an idea and gave your feedback on what you want to see. If things like this was not done by users like you and many others then TechSmith would not have any feedback of what their users like or dislike and what to see to make it a better software for everyone. So, thank you for posting and have a great day/night.

Cheers ~ Fred.
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No problem Fred. 
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+1. You can do this on the Mac version. Was sorely disappointed and surprised to find that it was not an option in C:9.
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After capturing, you may realize that you want to change some of your clip names to more accurately reflect their content or purpose. It is easy enough to change clip names in Final Cut Pro, but this doesn’t change your media filenames, causing potential confusion during media management. One solution is to rename media files directly in the Finder, but this causes your clips to become disconnected when you switch back to Final Cut Pro. A more convenient method is to use the clip and file renaming commands in Final Cut Pro.
To rename a clip’s media file to match the clip name
  1. Select one or more clips in the Browser.

  2. Choose Modify > Rename > File to Match Clip.

    A dialog appears, warning you that you are about to modify media files on your disk.

  3. Click OK. You can also select the Do Not Show Again option so that this warning no longer appears.   clck the link Best Essay Writing Service for more essays

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adam.dimitrov

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In tools > options > general >File options you can configure it so that after doing a recording, it asks for a file name, instead of automatically giving it a robotic name. This is the only way I've found that's easing the problem a bit. 

I posted here knowing full well that probably nothing will come out if it. Regardless, I felt that I need to actually post it, so at least my voice gets heard.
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I can't find this in Cam 9....
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it's in Camtasia recorder's tools > options > general >File options
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Adam, I agree, although my files are "always" renamed prior to importing.  However, files have been moved to different folders which is almost the same as renaming them after the fact.

A workaround is to save the project, close Camtasia, make a copy of the project, verify a copy of the project exists  :D, rename the file/folder, open the project, globally edit the project for the changes.

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I've been able to re-name images inside Snagit Library simply by hitting command "i". This brings up the info window and there I can rename the file. Hope that helps.
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+1 Renaming media in the media bin of Camtasia. Renaming in the files system breaks the Camtasia project as Camtasia can no longer find the file. Renaming within Camtasia would address that problem. Seems like a 101 feature to me. Also seems rather simple to implement. Surprising some Camtasia dev just doesn't sneak this feature in... :)
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I have a work around that might help. Add the file to the library. You can rename it there, and then you can add it back to the timeline with the new name.

Not perfect I know. Hope it helps!
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Camtasia project files "reference" files used in the project; when the project is open, files so referenced are locked by the Windows file system; accordingly, they cannot be renamed unless the project is closed

to rename a project file, the project must be closed, then the file renamed in Explorer; on reopening the project, the renamed file can be relocated during the opening sequence, or reconnected using update media

another issue is that files referenced in a project may be located in multiple locations, making the renaming process challenging

my solution is to export the project as zip; close; import the zip [do not open on import], rename in the extracted files folder; reopen; relocate or update media

How To Rename Active Project Files
http://www.screencast.com/t/EH9lxQc2Dp8i
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I just bought Camtasia 9 - I can't believe that this thread even has to exist. Camtasia should decouple the Win file name from the logical file name needed by a project. Not rocket science. I'm managing 6 videos and the media bin naming convention makes it nearly impossible to keep track of which one is which.

Re using the library, if I'm not mistaken, I believe that library items are persistent across projects, so you'll end up a bloated library. And if you have an old project and want to delete library items that will never be used again, I believe that also causes problems...

This is beyond stupid. So many simple things in Camtasia just don't work logically.
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regarding the Library, after you finish a project that uses Library assets, you should export the project as zip; that will put any Library assets into the zip archive; you can then freely delete the Library assets if no longer needed; that will prevent Library bloat.
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+1
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+1 this should be obvious and screenflow does it as well.
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I think the workaround was established above but bears repeating.

click record and when the record box opens select "tools": 

then select "Options":

Then select the radio button "Ask for file name":



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How To Rename Clip Bin Media While Project Is Loaded 2019-04-04
https://www.screencast.com/t/q6o2nIqeVpM

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So you are proposing a one minute complex action to replace a right click > Rename menu that would take 2 secondes? Personally I value my time
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Hi Patrick,

Thanks for the feedback, sorry to hear that we're missing a feature you were expecting to see. We're always trying to improve Camtasia based on user feedback, and it's great to have specific examples to refer to when we're doing that. I understand the general request here (renaming items in the Media Bin), but if you could give me a bit of insight on your workflow, and WHY you're hoping to rename the files, that will help me out tremendously as I try to help the product team understand why this would be a good feature to consider.

Cheers,

Kelly
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Thanks Kelly for your time and answer, but in this discussion everybody needs this rename feature for more than 2 years. We just want to rename a media to something meaningful to us so we can better select and use the media, I guess it is not complicated to understand.
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Understood, Patrick. Like I said, the surface level of this request is pretty simple, I just want to make sure there aren't any other parts of your workflow here that might also be interesting (ex: how you might be trying to organize clips in your Media Bin). If it's as simple as renaming the files, no problem leaving it at that level of explanation. :)

Cheers,

Kelly