Will Camtasia project from version 7 work in version 8 after upgrading

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We are about to upgrade to version 8. We just recently finished a software video library of 20 videos with version 7. Will I be able to open those projects with version 8 and make edits as needed?
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Kelly Mullins, TechSmith Employee & Helper

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Hello,
Yes, your projects can be upgraded to version 8 and remain editable.
Thanks for using Camtasia Studio!
And have amazing fun with version 8.
Kelly
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Baird Hall

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We are about to upgrade to version 8. We just recently finished a software video library of 20 videos with version 7. Will I be able to open those projects with version 8 and make edits as needed?

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Will Camtasia project from version 7 work in version 8 after upgrading.
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Will this change effect Captions? My current captions are set below video.
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Sasha Sibree

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I want to expand on the question above. I too have just upgraded but work with some people who haven't upgraded yet.

If I do a screen capture with version 8, will they be able to edit that in version 7?
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Kelly Mullins, TechSmith Employee & Helper

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Hello,

No, your projects are not backward compatible from version 8 to 7.

Kelly
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Brad, Camtasia Studio QA

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You should be able to upgrade Camtasia Studio 7 projects to Camtasia Studio 8. There are currently a couple of known issues with project upgrading that have been reported. I would recommend downloading our free 30 Day Trial and trying to open a few of your projects with that first to make sure you're satisfied with the outcome.

Of the currently known issues, we're looking into them and plan to have fixes in an upcoming, free, maintenance release. If you do run into issues upgrading old projects, please open a support ticket so we can track them and do our best to resolve the issue for you. You can open a ticket at http://support.techsmith.com You'll have to make a new account there, but someone should respond within one business day.

To answer Sasha's question, Camtasia Studio 8 camrecs use a new codec (our new and improved TSC2 Codec). These camrecs are only backwards compatible with Camtasia Studio 7 if you have Camtasia Studio 8 installed on the same machine (so the camrec can access the TSC2 codec installed with Camtasia Studio 8).

Thanks,
Brad
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Sasha Sibree

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Is there a way to have both Version 7 & 8 installed on the same machine? If so, how would I do that?

I currently have 7.1 installed. Have purchased upgrade but not installed yet.
Thanks,
Sasha
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Baird Hall

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When you upgrade to version 8 it does not "over-write" version 7. Version 8 installs as a stand alone program. I have "upgraded" (installed) version 8, but I am still editing my old projects in version 7.
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Brad, Camtasia Studio QA

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Hi Sasha,

Baird is correct, we specifically build Camtasia Studio so it can be installed side-by-side and run side-by-side with past versions of itself. So you can, in fact, have both version 7 and 8 installed on the same machine at the same time without any problems.

Brad
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We have several staff collaborating who create materials for customers with Camtasia Studio (CS). All have CS7, one has upgraded to CS8 and we encountered the compatibility issue. Will the CS 8 codec (TSC2 ? ) continue to function for importing CS8 camrec files on a workstation where the trial copy 30 day license has expired?

Thanks, Mark
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Mark S

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Update: On a workstation with CS 7, can one continue to import camrec files created on a licensed CS8 workstation using the Powerpoint add-in control, but where CS 8 trial has expired?

Is an installable file with the CS 8 codec available?
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Mark,

The decoder for TSC2 *will* continue to function after the trial has expired. The encoder is only usable from CS8 and its recorder, so you would no longer be able to encode videos. But if you just need playback, that will continue to function.

There is not a publicly available installer at the moment for TSC2. Tech Support may give it out on a case-by-case basis, but the intention is not to allow anyone to randomly install the TSC2 decoder; it's not meant for sharing videos.

Randy
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Thanks, Randy!

If we reinstall CS 7 (or install an update to CS 7) on a workstation with CS 8 installed as well, does that replace the PowerPoint add-in so that it accesses the CS 7 encoder? Or must I remove the CS 8 package from that workstation to restore the CS 7 encoder/decoder function to the PowerPoint add-in, which then removes the ability for this workstation to replay using the CS 8 codec (TSC2)?

This is a bit confusing since the encoder/decoder for these two releases isn't separately downloadable. How can we tell which encoder is operational from PowerPoint? The HTML help from the PPT recorder add-in doesn't have anything in it about versions and looks identical in CS7 and CS8 to me as a casual reader.

Tx, Mark
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For CS 7 workstations, we have installed CS 8, but unclicked the "install PowerPoint Add-in" during CS 8 install. That left all CS 7 workstation PowerPoint Add-in still pointing to the CS 7 encoder.

Thanks for preserving this option! Mark
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I have already installed CS8 and the Power Point Add-In. I too still need to record in CS7.

So I uninstalled CS8 and tried to reactivate the Power Point Add-In via CS7. I get an error message.

Any suggestions?
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Did you try reinstalling CS7 after ? For us, that reactivated the CS7 encoder. Reinstall CS8 and uncheck the "install PPT add-in" in the installer box and you've got CS8 without the PPT encoder link and CS7 on same workstation.

Best, Mark
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Brad, Camtasia Studio QA

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Hi Sasha,

Mark is correct, when you install CS8 that will over write the current CS7 PPT Add-In. To get the CS7 PPT Add-In back you would need to re-install CS7 after you uninstall CS8.

Brad
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Mark S

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Thanks, all. The link to changing the recording codec settings and agreement that our findings were correct was what we needed. We are moving all the people who do any post processing of recorded presentations to CS8. CS8 does upgrade a CS7 camrec file on loading, but we just don't have any who record material originally doing post processing.

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