In this video you'll explore organizing your project, so you can spend your time telling your story instead of pulling your hair out. One of the nice things about Camtasia 8 is that as you import files, they are automatically organized by file type. Or you can undo Camtasia's file structure and sort by file type, name, or date.
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- [Voiceover] We're going to take a look at organizing your project, so you can spend your time telling your story instead of pulling your hair out. Now, one of the nice things about Camtasia is that, as you import files, they are automatically organized by file type. So, that's one thing you don't have to deal with, folders and all that crazy stuff. But, there are still somethings you can do to customize your clip bin experience. If you prefer KS to Order, you can undo Camtasia's file type grouping structure.
If you just right click anywhere in the clip bin here, and uncheck show in groups. Boom. There are all your files, just throw in to a basket together. Now, if you like the chaos method, but still want to be able to sort, you can do that, too. Right click in this area, and you can sort by name, type, dimension, duration, all of those. Now, personally, I really like that Camtastia just organizes things for me as I go. So, I'm gonna go ahead and put that back to show in groups.
Now, let's say I've imported all these files, but when it comes down to it, I'm only gonna use that. And, I'm gonna use that, and I'm gonna use that. That's all I'm gonna use, and I have all these other files there, which aren't necessarily hurting anything, but they may be causing confusion for me. Well, I can get rid of them very easily. I can right click, and say remove unused clips. And, I can always re-import those if I need to, but this helps clean up your interface. I'm going to undo that because we might need those.
I'm also gonna delete these, so I can demonstrate my next approach. Now, the timeline is another place you can choose your organization strategy. As you bring in your TREC files, your video files, your image files, your voiceover music and sound effects, it can get a bit crazy. There's certainly no hard-and-fast rule that says things have to be organized. I mean, all that really matters is the final project, right? No one's going to see your timeline, but if you have a method of some sort, you can probably save yourself a lot of time and hassle.
And, let me show you what I mean by that. We have all these tracks here with no name. First of all, I like to name the tracks. If you just right click on any track, you can rename it. And, name it whatever works for you. I'm gonna call this one TREC that way I know it's where my TREC files go. Let's call this one... video. And, let's call this one sound effects. I like SFX. Alright, there's three. Now, I can add my video to this track.
Can add my TREC files to this track, and I can add my sound effects... to this track. If I need more tracks, I can, of course, just click this icon here and add more tracks. Let's go ahead and add a voiceover track. I like VOX. Some people use VO. Whatever works for you. Now, you could add and name these tracks before you start your project at all. A lot of people like that way. Or, you can add the tracks as you go along.
It really makes no difference in the end. Let's say you've added your tracks, and you decided, "You know what? I don't need a voiceover track." In fact, let's pretend here that I also added another sound effects track, and I ended up not needing them. I've got two extra tracks. They're not really hurting anything, but they may be adding a little confusion to my organization. I can delete tracks in two ways. I can right click and say remove track, or if I have a whole bunch and I wanna get rid of them all at once, I right click and say remove all empty tracks.
I really like this technique. Now, these are some techniques that I use. Do whatever works for you, and don't be afraid to change your workflow or even go against conventional wisdom. My current workflow is nothing like it was five years ago, and I'm sure a year from now, it may be significantly different. For now, this is what works for me. I hope you've picked up a few ideas for organizing your project in Camtasia 8.
- Exploring Camtasia Studio and Camtasia Recorder
- Patching recording and audio errors
- Capturing video on your smartphone with Fuse
- Organizing a project
- Adding and animating effects
- Grouping clips
- Removing green screen
- Improving audio
- Editing the visual properties
- Troubleshooting in Camtasia
- Exporting and sharing video and audio