Update media files after making changes to PowerPoint slide

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My apologies if this has been asked, but I can't seem to narrow down a search criterion to less than a few hundred pages of results. 

When I import a PowerPoint file, it adds each slide as a separate image file to my media bin, with the originals in my Documents folder (Camtasia 2018, Windows 10). As I add these from the media bin to my timeline, occasionally I will notice a slide that needs to be changed. When I go back into PowerPoint and save that change, is there a way to update the image file in my project? I saw an Update Media option, but that just points to the directory of images that it created from the original import. I am hoping for a way to "reimport" the PowerPoint file to get new images while keeping all the links in the timeline intact. 
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kayakman, Champion

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try using the update media function

just navigate to the directory where you stored the updated PPT image and select it on an image-by-image basis
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As I said in my question, the directory of images is created when you import the ppt file into the media bin. I need a way to refresh those files after I make changes to the original ppt. If I re-import the ppt into my project bin, I get two copies of everything. I can manually export single slides using PowerPoint, but I was looking to see if there was a more automated way to refresh the media directory of slide images once I make changes to the ppt file. 
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It looks like the best workaround for this is to use PowerPoint to export the slide show into png files instead of importing it into my project using Camtasia. This also allows you to control the destination directory whereas Camtasia puts them into its own directory structure under the recordings destination. Since Camtasia links to media sources by name, once I update my slides, I can just re-export from PowerPoint to the same directory, and my Camtasia project will use the updated files automatically. 
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glad you have it worked out

if you create media files [remakes] that go into the same original directory, and over write the originals [same naming], you can then just reload the project and all the new files will have replaced the original

I often have to do this with photo slide show videos, with 100's of photos, and where "update" [file-by-file] is not practicle
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Hi slc0705,

You are correct, when you import a PowerPoint file into Camtasia, it will generate PNG files for each of your slides. If you make any subsequent changes to your PowerPoint project, they will not be reflected on your Camtasia timeline because the new slides have not been converted to PNG in the Camtasia project.

Thank you for the feedback, that's certainly helpful for us to hear as we think about how to improve the PowerPoint process for the future.

Cheers,

Kelly
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Thanks Kelly. The import PowerPoint feature in general works great for the types of videos I make; and I make a lot of them. The two enhancements I would love to see in a future release are:

1. Allow me to re-import a ppt file into a project without creating duplicate image objects in the project (BTW, your file naming that keeps the slide order intact when sorted by name is much nicer than what PowerPoint does.) This is what we have been discussing so far. 

2. Give me an option to create multiple image files from slides that build from animations. You do that already when the slide uses object animations, but I also need it for text effect animations such as those that use the "appear by line" or "appear by paragraph" animation effect. It should probably be a selectable option since it may not always be desired.

The combination of those would allow me to create videos that can be easily modified to reflect changes a make to my presentations in the future. Using the Camtasia plugin for PowerPoint is good for complex animations and transitions, but it requires a lot more manual work to update the video if changes are made down the road.
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Hey slc0705,

Thanks so much for the insightful ideas and look at your workflow! We love to hear how people are using PowerPoint import so that we can consider how to improve it for the future.

I hear you about the first point, I can definitely see where that could be annoying (though glad you like the naming convention).

On your second point, that makes sense. We've had requests that amount to basically being able to edit the PowerPoint in Camtasia, but this sounds like sort of a middle ground between basic importing and full-on editing of PowerPoint files. That's definitely a neat idea, so thanks for sharing the feedback!

If you have other thoughts you'd like to share about your experience with the PowerPoint import feature, feel free to let us know.

Cheers,

Kelly