Using Camtasia 2018 on a Mac and Windows PC.

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Hi all, I've read previous questions about this but they're all pretty outdated and the answers not definitive. I use Camtasia 2018 on Mac and PC. I store my Camtasia project files (and all related images, audio clips, screen recordings etc) on OneDrive to facilitate working on the two platforms. 

In an ideal world, I'd just like to pick up where I left off by opening my Camtasia project on either the Mac or PC. Is this possible or do I need to 'export for Mac/Windows' every time I wish to switch platforms?

Thanks for your help.

Anthony
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davemillman

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You should be able to open the same .cmproj file from either Windoze or Mac Camtasia.

I don't know how OneDrive works. I mirror everything using DropBox. Ideally in video production, you want all your files locally, which DropBox does. Otherwise there can be substantial delays importing and rendering large files.
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The Mac and PC version don't use the same file format. This by choice of TechSmith. Why I don't know. Maybe its because as Most software companies do they don't take Mac seriously and think they wil die any day.
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I'm pretty sure this got fixed two versions ago...
https://support.techsmith.com/hc/en-us/articles/227309908-Camtasia-Mac-Moving-Projects-and-Recording...

I believe that Camtasia project files can be created and opened on either platform. This was a long time coming, but we were sure happy when we got it.

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No, I'm afraid pjonesCET is correct- you cannot just open the project files across platforms. You do need to use the exporting features in order to pass the projects across. In fact, even the extension is not the same (.cmproj vs .tscproj).

I assure you that it is not because we do not take the Mac platform seriously. It is for a much more frustrating reason:
On Mac, you can make what are called "document packages." In reality, these are folders full of files, but they act like a single file. You can double-click on one, and it opens in your application (instead of opening the folder contents). But, the files are stored separately- all those huge recording files lie inside. 
Unfortunately, such a thing does not exist in Windows. Instead we have the project file and an accompanying folder full of media, plus we often link to media outside of these folders. 

You might wonder why we don't just jam all of these files into one big project file that you could move around. The time it takes to modify large files like this (by putting recordings/media in and out of them) is not performant. Editing would be inefficient at best.

That's probably more information than you wanted to know, but perhaps somebody was curious about the technical explanation ;)
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Thanks, Paul. Excellent answer. This was exactly the detail I was seeking. I guess that Export for Mac/Windows option is there for a reason hey! :) 
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Thank you to everyone who took the time to reply. It's greatly appreciated!
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PRLMD6989

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Anthony, I routinely go back and forth and acutally use onedrive to transfer the file.  Yes, you need to export to a zip file based on the platform change.  Then you unpack the zip file and open on the alternate platform.  It's no big deal and while an extra step, I'm thrilled to be able to go back and forth across platforms.  There are some effects/annotations/behaviors not supported as you do this but you quickly learn what they are and again, it's no big deal. 
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Unlike PC the Mac is able through virtual Machine Software such as "BootCamp", or Parallels  to run windows and therefore windows software. So you could buy Parallels and windows install the PC version of Camtasia.  and be able to send back and forth to a PC version.  OF course by doing so you subject your mac to all the dangers of using Windows. all the Malware, viri, worms, Trojan horses that affect Windows.