Running Camtasia off an external drive.

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I couldn't find any updated threads on this question, so my apologies if it's been addressed before. Is it possible to move all the components of Camtasia to an external hard drive? I want to be able to move freely from one computer to another without having to worry about retrieving rec files, etc. 
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I doubt it. The first issue is that Camtasia needs to be installed. You'll find that (for example) it adds entries to the Registry which it will need to function correctly.

There's also the question of whether you would be in breach of your licence; a single user can have it installed on only two machines.

However if all you want to do is work on one project on either of the machines that you are licenced for, you should be able to do that.

The problem there of course is the incredibly annoying lack of relative locations for the assets. That's  something which still shows no signs of being addressed (except for being "under consideration") despite people asking for what... half a decade now? The camproj will point to the ABSOLUTE paths of the assets like trecs, mp4s, etc. If you do have exactly the same path on both machines, it should still work. You would therefore need to ensure that the external drive is mapped to the same driver letter on both machines.

If not, there's one ugly but functional workaround that I posted a few months ago which is to dump all of the assets into the same folder as the camproj file. The camproj file seems to look in its own path first and the absolute paths second. This is the method that I've been using to archive completed projects to my own external drives, so that if I need to reopen the project I don't have to spend 10 minutes pointing it to all of the asset paths.

The one issue that you may need to still deal with is if you use library assets. You'd need to make sure that your libraries are in sync on both machines, which Techsmith does not make easy by, oh, dunno, I spitballing here since I've actually been awake for the last decade... providing a cloud sync of library assets. (For Snagit as well, but that's a different long running saga; yet another 5 years and still going nowhere.) In the interim you still have the 1998 cutting edge option of exporting and re-importing to the other machine, but if your library assets don't change very often this will be less of an issue. In my case though I have one machine (my desktop) designated as the Core Library and only do additions or changes there, then export them periodically to my notebook.
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Thanks so much for your reply. It is for only 2 computers, but nodding "yes" to all the issues as you've stated above. I was putting all the assets (rec files) into the same folder as mentioned, so maybe I'll go back to doing that. It's been a huge learning curve on file management with this program and I've made a lot of mistakes, but now that I think I have it figured out using one computer, I was wondering if I could streamline the process when working on 2 computers and hoping to find a creative option. Thanks again.