Supporting Camtasia on Network Drives

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I would imagine that a lot of Camtasia users are in the higher ed/corporate training, and, as such, they use a shared/network drive. 

To be clear, I'm well aware that Camtasia actively discourages using a shared/network drive, but I'm told by my professional video services team that they edit graphics/video projects from a network drive using Adobe Creative Cloud.

Is this just a TechSmith limitation, or is this a larger limitation of video editing solutions overall?
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I concur. In my previous life I was inside a law firm, creating elearning for all firm employees. For security, it was safer to store and edit material on a network location; and in order to have links to the material on the intranet, the published works HAD to be saved to a portion of the network available to all users. For a software company to attempt to limit that type os use is a bit silly. Microsoft doesn't "recommend only saving Word documents to a private location" right? A buzzword of the decade is 'collaborate', even training and L&D people need to do that.
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Ed Covney

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Camtasia is NOT a DBMS (data base management system), so every instance of sharing files is very risky. DBMS does things Windows cannot. For example, imagine a DB with 10,000 sales records in one large file. Its the DBMS software that allows one user access to a record, then protects that one record but flipping the in-use bit on the record. Once that user is done with the record, i.e. saves it, it's marked as free/in-use bit turned off. So a 100 users could share content of one large file, but any one record is editable by only one user.

So, if you insist on using a shared drive, mark all the files as "read-only". Then as users copy them to a local drive, they can change the read only bit.

If your company has a DB expert, he or she could write a DBMS system around the saved files and all access to them would be via the DBMS.

BTW, from the command prompt 1) go to the windows folder
C:\Windows  then type "dir notepade.exe /s /p"

I have 5 copies of the file because I have 4 cores. It's the only way windows can emulate a proper "sharing".
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Ed, I'll be the first one to admit I'm not as close to the technical details as you are, so I hope my clarification below doesn't miss your point entirely. Apologies beforehand if it does.  

The workflow I'm envisioning is one where the project file, its media bin assets, temporary storage and renders are on a shared location. I'm not envisioning some futuristic solution where people can share video editing the same project/assets as they might a google document today. 

But right now, with Camtasia, I would have to:
  1. edit locally 
  2. save it
  3.  zip up my project
  4.  share it to someone 
  5. That person downloads/unzips the project to work on it
  6. Repeats steps 1-5 over and over. 
Again, if my video editor friend didn't tell me that this was possible in Adobe Premiere Pro, I wouldn't think to ask about it here. 
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I know nothing about APP, but your 5 step process in reasonable and safe.
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The above points are good ones; it's certainly dangerous to have a project modified by two people at the same time. Data loss is likely.
The other consideration is that video editing is extremely intensive. Network drives are much, much slower to transfer to/from than your hard drive is. So, this would indeed apply to all video editing solutions. 
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I am surprised your media people actively edit Adobe Premiere project files from network drives. I would never attempt that with any video editor, but especially Premiere, due to the requirement to pre-render clips or whole timelines to get accurate previews/timeline scrubbing. It is simply a recipe for disaster or disappointing performance or both.
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I've never done this so I can;t speak to how well it works.
But I've looked at the process of Collaborative video editing and Premiere Pro.
It's evolved over the years and seems to be well thought out.

I just thought you might like to take a look.



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David B. Demyan

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Thanks, Joe! I have not tried it yet either but I did watch the informative video. I notice they recommend using a shared local storage device like their JellyFish rather than LAN-, WAN-, or cloud-based. The workflow as documented by LumaForge is pretty well designed with locks and privileges to guard against "disaster," as I called it in my typically overblown rhetoric.
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to add to what Ed and others have posted, I offer the following ...

Issues Affecting Multiple Simultaneous Users Editing The Same Camtasia Project 2019-12-13
https://www.screencast.com/t/ghVWptgwJ