Webcam video replacement

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Hi,

Can webcam video recording be replaced by a video recorded with an external camera?

Thanks!


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Gabriel

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Muscle Whisperer

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Hi Gabriel,
I presume that you are referring to a *.trec file, which records your screen and system audio, and which will add a webcam video if requested by you.
If you use an external camera (preferably with a better audio source than the computer's microphone), then here's what I do:
Set up Camtasia to record your screen and audio.
Make a video recording with an external camera and microphone.
Then, in your editing (*.camproj) file, import the video (*.mp4, etc.) and synchronise the tracks using the audio tracks as your guide. And then you can add whatever transitions and annotations you desire.
I hope I understood you correctly.
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gary_bauer

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What he said. The audio /video sync can be challenging
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Hi MW,

Thanks your your answer.

Yes, I would like to replace the recording made with the webcam with another one made with another camera, with better image and sound.
If I didn't misunderstand you, what I should do is let the webcam recording work while I do the external recording and then change the video files in * .trec. It's like that?

Where is the *.camproj file? I only find the *.trec and *.tscproj files.

Best!
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Rick Stone

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Hi Gabriel

The .camproj or .tscproj files are created when you have a project open in Camtasia, then choose to click File > Save or File > Save As. I think  camproj is an older name format while tscproj is the newer name used.

The "proj" files are the files that keep track of your project. The different elements you have added to the media bin, the splits, things you have added to your timeline, stuff like that.  The .trec file contains the recording information for what you recorded. You use a .trec inside a "proj" type file.

Cheers... Rick :)
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Muscle Whisperer

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The *.trec file is the screen capture file.
Sorry about my error on naming the file extension - *.tscproj is, as Rick says, the project file in Camtasia.
You do not need to use the webcam to record unless you can use it as "Camera Two" and edit between videos. In my experience you only need to record the computer's audio in order to subsequently sync the resulting *.trec file with the *.mp4 file (video+audio) - within the project you are creating (the final *.tscproj file).
As Rick mentions, if you start Camtasia and start recording from within it, when you finish recording Camtasia will have an open *.tscproj file with the *.trec file you just made as a resource, and probably already sitting on Track 1. Its audio may be included, although you can separate the audio from the screen capture.
I then import my "better" video recording, align the audio peaks to synchronize the tracks, do all my editing (carefully, so as not to disturb the synchronization), and the final thing I do is to either silence or delete the computer's audio track so I don't get echoes on the "Shared" output file.
I'm sure that Kayakman will have a 90-second clip to show you, probably by the end of the evening. He's great that way.
Best of luck
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Yes. But if you're going to can the webcam footage anyway, why record it in the place? Add your video to the media bin, size and place as desired.
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I was pondering the same thing myself!