Several projects open in Camtasia Studio

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I would like to have two Camtasia Studio projects open at the same time. Today, whenever I open another project than the one I am in, the first one closes which is annoying. As in Word or other software, it is highly valuable to compare two projects side-by-side when editing. They might be based on the same basic recordings, but then Saved As... into different projects.
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Unfortunately, CS only allows one project open at a time. I can't say whether that was an explicit decision or just a consequence of the application design.
I will say that the most expensive part of having a project open are the resources being used to generate the preview. That being said, one way I could think of to accomplish this is to allow the data model for a project to remain in memory, but to only allow one project at a time to be previewed. Given that you're looking for side-by-side comparison, it seems like that wouldn't be very useful. Switching between projects would probably take long enough to be annoying. If we can get some more users behind the idea, it would definitely compel us to look into it.
Out of curiosity, I just tried this in Sony Vegas and they also throw out the current project to open a new one. I would assume it's for the same reason: rendering a project takes a lot of juice.
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If you want to have multiple projects open at the same time in the CS Editor, use this technique ...

Add each separate project to Library as a sequence object; be sure no tracks are locked when you do this; save each sequence appropriately.

In a new project, right click a project in Library; add to timeline.

Send play head to end of project.

Add another sequence from library.

Repeat as required.

For easier navigating, add a marker [of caption point], with understandable text, where 1 project ends and the next begins.

I have loaded as many as 40 separate projects this way.

Move around sections to perform work as desired.

Note: if your projects are each full of many objects [splits, callouts, etc], you will get better performance if you first make an AVI from each project, then send those AVIs to Library as sequences.
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Thanks for the tip. However, even if this does provide an overview of what could be two different projects, you probably bump into problems when you will produce them as separate projects, or? If project A is followed by project B on the timeline, but I only want project B in the produced version, how do I proceed? By deleting project A, producing, and then Undo the delete?
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There is no problem with producing 1 of the "projects'.

Just make a timeline selection across the desired project, right click, and execute a "produce selection as".

Or, make the timeline selection, right click, and "crop to selection" [make a nackup 1st]; Do a normal production. Immediately after producing, in the CS Edotor, do an UnDo; that will reverse the "crop to selectiom".

I've used these echniques thousands of times with excellent results.

These screencasts might be helpful ...
http://www.cookbookplus.com/temp/Tech...

http://www.cookbookplus.com/temp/Tech...

Both were produced for internal purposes, when the CS 7 Library appeared.
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Thanks Kayakman! This will help me with some of the issues.
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I Absolutely agree with this request and funny enough was discussing it with a co-worker about an hour ago. It would be great to have more than one instance of studio running simultaneously.
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I worked on more than 20 projects.
Having to open them one at a time to produce them now... is quite annoying.
How about a "bulk produce" option too?
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you can use batch production against multiple camproj project files and produce a bunch of separate videos in same production effort

see menu tools|sharing|batch production
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Super! Thanks!!!

Could you help me out with the rendering setting too?
I'm looking for the best quality possible (no compression if possible) but I don't know much about exporting video files.

I'm going with:
File format - MP4
Controller - No controller
Size - Use editing dimentions
Video settings - Frame rate - ???
Video settings - Keyframe every - ???
Video settings - H.264 profile - ???
Video settings - H.264 level - ???
Video settings - Encoding mode - Quality 100%
Audio settings - Bit rate - ???
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as a first cut, set up the production specs using custom production, accept all video setting defaults EXCEPT set quality to 70%

MP4 is a compressed format, but it still looks great
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Thanks!
Is there any way to have a non compressed render?
When I upload the videos online they will go through compression, so I guess the less compressed they are during rendering the better.
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producing to AVI is uncompressed, but the files are huge; it's not recommended

give the MP4s a try
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Camtasia - I want to be able to see two projects at a time.  Right now I have to put one on a laptop and the other on the desktop - that's silly.

Also - while it's nice to go get a drink of water and say
 Hi
 to someone while the project is rendering - it would be just as nice - and at times nicer - to be able to move on to something else in Camtasia - anything else - right away.

@MadelineHere
Http://www.MadelineHere.info
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if the projects are not too large or complex, load both into Library; then put both on timeline at different locations [like 1 at t=0, with the other loaded to start 5 seconds after the end of the 1st
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I would like this as a feature also. I can have multiple Visual Studio instances open, why not Camtasia?

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