Import & Manage Your Project Media (Media Bin)

Import and manage recordings, video, audio, and image source files for your current project in the Media Bin.

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Media Bin Overview

The Media Bin contains any media you record or add to your current video project. To open, select Media tab > Media Bin subtab.
empty Media Bin

Record or Import Media into a Project

Select any of the following options to record or import content into the Media Bin to use in your video:

Record the Screen

See Build Your First Video.

Import Media from Your Computer
  1. Click the Media tab.
  2. Click Add Media icon > Import Media or double-click in the Media Bin.
  3. Click to select the media to import. Control+click (Windows) or Command+click (Mac) to select multiple files.
  4. Click Open (Windows) or Import (Mac).

The imported media appears in the Media Bin.

Record a PowerPoint Presentation

See Record a PowerPoint Presentation.

Import PowerPoint Slides

See Import PowerPoint Slides.

Record an iOS Device

See Record iOS Devices (Mac).

Import Media from a Mobile Device

Send images or videos to Camtasia from your mobile device.

  1. Select File > Connect to Mobile Device.
  2. Follow the onscreen instructions in the Connect Mobile Device dialog.

The imported media appears in the Media Bin.

Import Media from Google Drive
  1. Click the Media tab.
  2. Click Add Media icon icon > Import From Google Drive.
  3. Enter your Google email and password.
  4. Click to select the media to import. Control+click (Windows) or Command+click (Mac) to select multiple files.
  5. Click Import.

The imported media appears in the Media Bin.

Record Voice Narration

See Record Voice Narration.

Add Media to Your Video

To include the media in your video, select Media tab > Media Bin subtab. Drag the media onto the desired location on the timeline or canvas.

 

Get tips on how to position media or assets.

See Position Media on Canvas or Explore the Timeline for recommendations on how to position media on the canvas or timeline.

Manage & Organize Media

After adding media to your project, the following tasks help you view and organize content in the Media Bin.

Change Media Bin ViewClick the Media Bin View button to change the media display to one of the following options:
Media Bin View
  • Large Thumbnails
  • Medium Thumbnails
  • Small Thumbnails
  • Extra Small Thumbnails
  • List View
Sort MediaSelect an option from the Sort by dropdown. Click the Ascending or Descending button.
Sort By dropdown
View Media DetailsRight-click media and select Details.
Locate Unused Media
(Media not located on the timeline)
To remove unused media, right-click media and select Delete Unused Media.
To select unused media, right-click media and select Select Unused Media.
Create a Proxy VideoCreate a proxy of your high definition videos to improve editing performance such as lags or skips during playback.

Right-click media in the Media Bin and select Proxy Video > Create Proxy Video. An icon appears in the video thumbnail when the process is complete.
yellow circle icon on Proxy thumbnail
Delete a Proxy VideoRight-click (Windows) or Control+click (Mac) the proxy media in the Media Bin and select Proxy Video > Delete Proxy Video.

To delete all proxy videos:
  • Windows: Select Edit > Preferences > Advanced tab > Delete Proxy Videos button.
  • Mac: Select Camtasia 2023 > Settings (macOS 13 or later) or Preferences (macOS 12 or earlier) > General tab > Delete All Proxy Videos button.
Rename Media (Mac Only)Right-click media and select Rename. Type a new name.
Create a Reverse VideoCreate a copy of your video media where the events are in reversed order.
Example of reverse video in the media bin

Right-click (Win) or Control+click (Mac) the media in the Media Bin and select Reverse Video.

The new media is added to the Media Bin.

Note: Reversed videos do not include audio.


To cancel a reverse video while processing, right-click (Win) or Control+click (Mac) the media in the Media Bin and select Cancel Reverse Video.

Camtasia Supported File Formats

WindowsMac
Video Files
AVI, MP4, MPG, MPEG, MTS, M2TS, WMV, MOV
Video Files
MP4, MPG, MPEG, MOV
Camtasia Recording Files
TREC
Camtasia Recording Files
TREC
Image Files
BMP, GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, PDF, TIF, TIFF, JSON (Lottie)
Image Files
BMP, GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, PDF, JSON (Lottie)
Audio Files
WAV, MP3, WMA, M4A
Audio Files
M4A, WAV, MP3
Caption Files
SMI, SAMI, SRT
Caption Files
SAMI, SRT
PowerPoint Files
PPT, PPTX
PowerPoint Files
PPT, PPTX
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