update old project file

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I have several proj files created in Camtasia 5.  I've downloaded Camtasia 8 but when I attempt to open the files I tells me 
"Unable to upgrade project.  To upgrade a project, a backup file must be created...."
How do I create a back up file without opening the project?
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Joe Morgan

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The old workflow required updating a Camtasia 5 project in Camtasia 6.
Then the version 6 project has to be upgraded in version 7.
Then version 7 can be upgraded in version 8.Whew!

But thats the story.
Camtasia 2019 can update older versions without this workflow.I can't tell you how well it warks as I don't use the feature on a regular basis.

So for  you, you need to install the appropriate previous versions 6,and  7. Activating them with your Version 8 key.

You can download and install a new or an older version from this link.

https://www.techsmith.com/download/oldversions


Regards,Joe
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Wow...Okay hopefully I have a key for 8 somewhere.  I'm on 2018 now.  What a horrible workflow.  I cannot get the older project files to open in 2018 at all.  I get an error that tells me I have to open the project in Camtasia Studio 8, upgrade and save the project.  Then try again.  Thanks for the tip

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Your post says you downloaded Camtasia 8, not 2018. So you would need to use version 9 as well.
Your Camtasia 2018 key will work, I didn't know you had version 2018 }:>)
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I would first try this ...

download the Camtasia 2019 trial; use it to try to directly upgrade your old project

if the upgrade is successful, and the project opens OK in Camtasia 2019, then export the upgraded project to zip, for safe keeping

then, in Camtasia 2018, import that zip, setting the zip import option to NOT OPEN THE PROJECT AFTER IMPORT

then, navigate to the extracted project files, and open [now] .tscproj file with a text editor [like free Notepad++]

at the beginning of that file, change the line ...

"version" : "3.0",   

to read   

"version" : "2.0",

save changes; close; drag/drop the ,tscproj into Camtasia 2018; the project should load/open

please let us know if this works out


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janelle,

Be aware that if you follow kayakmans suggestion, you're taking a risk. TechSmith doesn't recommend altering project files, for many reasons.
https://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith/topics/is-camtasia-2019-backwards-compatible-with-camtasia-...

The post is about backwards compatibility, which going from a version 2019 to 2018 update would be.
Heres what the Camtasia Technical Project Manager said about this just 3 odd months ago.
The person hes referring to in his statement is kayakman, when he requests he doesn't recommend doing this.

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For the record, altering the tscproj json and moving / swapping files that are part of a Camtasia project are not recommended or supported actions. It may cause unexpected results at present and there's a good chance it will corrupt your project now, or in the future. Changing these values may trick older Camtasia projects into being compatible with newer versions of the software, but it also bypasses important project conversion code. They are your files and you are welcome to do what you want with them, but we don't support that behavior and hope you will not recommend altering projects in this manner to other users.

Thanks for the generous donation of your time and knowledge--I know our team and fellow users really appreciate it.

Brooks
Camtasia Technical Product Manager
Mobile Technical Product Manager
TechSmith

You needed to be made aware of this. That's why I'm posting this . To save you possible grief.


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@ janelle

Joe is INCORRECT regarding their being "RISKS" in doing what I suggested

I've done it hundreds of times without a single issue

editing a "copy" of any project file cannot possibly corrupt anything associated with the original project

if you'd like, and you have a zipped copy of the CS 5 project, upload the zip file to screencast.com, post me a link to it; I'll download it and try it myself

I take it on faith, that what Joe said about Camtasia 2019 being able to upgrade any earlier project version, like a CS 5 project, is correct; if he's wrong, so be it; and you can do the upgrades in steps as previously described

I've personally not tried to upgrade, using 2019, any project earlier than Camtasia 9, as I don't have any such projects anymore

but I downgrade 2019 projects to 2018, and also to 9, all time; never had a problem; works great for me

please let me know




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How To Down Convert Camtasia 2019 Projects To Camtasia 2018 And Or Camtasia 9 2019-08-08
https://www.screencast.com/t/GWCOIJxB

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I was curious about the upgrade path as well. So I created a next to nothing Camtasia 5 project. Saved it and tried to upgrade.



I couldn't open a Camtasia 5 project directly in 2019. It had to be upgraded to Camtasia 8 first.



I upgraded it in 8.



And presto, it opened in 2019.



For what it's worth, I'll give one last reference as to what Brooks has posted.
For the record, altering the tscproj json and moving / swapping files that are part of a Camtasia project are not recommended or supported actions. It may cause unexpected results at present and there's a good chance it will corrupt your project now, or in the future.

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first ... down-converting a project does not involve any moving or swapping of files that are a part of a Camtasia project

second ... down-converting cannot possibly "corrupt" the original project

IMHO, the above " ... one last reference ..." by Joe is nothing more than fear mongering

I have Camtasia 8 installed

Again, I'd be glad to try the upgrade of the CS 5 project to CS 8 then to 2019 then back to 2018