Learn about the Camtasia for Mac file formats, how to share files across computers and operating systems.

File Formats & Sharing

The recording and project file formats in Camtasia Studio for Windows and Camtasia for Mac are not compatible across platforms at this time.

Camtasia Studio File Formats:

  • Camtasia Studio project file (.camproj): Saves all media in the Clip Bin, clips and effects on the Timeline, any editing completed on the Timeline, and the selected project settings.
  • Camtasia Studio recording file (.camrec): Default recording file format. Proprietary TechSmith file format used to store screen and camera recording plus metadata about various streams into a single package. To add markers, apply SmartFocus, or record a Web camera, you must record with this format (Camtasia Studio only).
  • Audio Video Interleave (.avi): Record .avi files to share the recording outside of Camtasia Studio. To change the recording file format in Camtasia Studio, choose Camtasia Recorder > Tools > Options > Capture tab > Save as .avi.

Camtasia for Mac File Formats:

  • Camtasia project files (.cmproj): Saves a copy of the recordings, library files, and edits completed within one file. When you save a project, enable the "Create standalone project" option to include all source files within a project to allow you to share the project with other Camtasia for Mac users.
  • Camtasia recording files (.cmrec): Screen recording file recorded with Camtasia for Mac. The recording files may also include audio and camera video. Recording files are automatically saved to Users > Movies > Camtasia temporary recordings folder. You can apply SmartFocus and Window Spotlight effects to Camtasia recording files.

Share Your Project on Another Computer

In Camtasia for Mac, save your project as a standalone project file to:

  • Transfer the project to another computer or a new location
  • Share the project and source files for collaboration with others

Save as a Standalone Project File

  1. In Camtasia for Mac, select File > Save As.
  2. Select the Create standalone project option.
  3. Click Save.

Share Your Source Files Between Platforms (Windows & Mac)

The recording and project file formats in Camtasia Studio for Windows and Camtasia for Mac are not compatible across platforms at this time.

Use the following recommendations when sharing recording and source files between the Windows and Mac platforms:

TechSmith only supports importing files between Camtasia for Mac version 1.0 or later and Camtasia Studio version 6.0.3 or later.

Camtasia recording files (.cmrec) created in version 1.1 cannot be imported into Camtasia Studio version 6.0.3 at this time.

Import Camtasia for Mac files into Camtasia Studio:

  • Screen video, camera video, and audio components from Camtasia recording file: In Finder, select the Camtasia Recording file (.cmrec). Control-click and select Show Package Contents. Import screen.mov (screen video), camera.mov (camera video), and audiotrack0.wav (audio).
  • MOV files exported from Camtasia for Mac: In Camtasia for Mac, select Share > Advanced Export > Export to QuickTime Movie.

Import Camtasia Studio files into Camtasia for Mac:

  • AVI recordings: In Camtasia Recorder, select Tools > Options > Capture tab > Save as .avi.
  • Extract AVI from CAMREC recording files: In Windows Explorer, right-click on the .camrec file and select Extract. An .avi file is created in the same folder.
  • Video files produced in Camtasia Studio with AAC audio and H.264 encoding (.mpeg-4, .mov, or .m4v): Produce the contents of the Camtasia Studio timeline in the Production Wizard.

Title Category Level Format
000 - Getting Started 1: Recording Basics Getting Started I Video/Written
001 - Getting Started 2: Editing Interface Basics Getting Started I Video/Written
002 - Getting Started 3: Media Bin Basics Getting Started I Video/Written
003 - Getting Started 4: Canvas Basics Getting Started I Video/Written
004 - Getting Started 5: Timeline Basics Getting Started I Video/Written
005 - Getting Started 6: Effects Basics Getting Started I Video/Written
006 - Getting Started 7: Audio Basics Getting Started I Video/Written
007 - Getting Started 8: Sharing Basics Getting Started I Video
008 - Add a Marker Timeline II Video/Written
009 - Add a Table of Contents Additions III Video/Written
010 - Adding Effects to Media with Filters Effects II Video/Written
011 - Adding Polish with Transitions Effects II Video/Written
012 - Adding Zooms and Other Actions Effects II Video/Written
013 - Adjust the Canvas Dimensions Canvas II Written
014 - Captions Audio III Written
015 - Change a Clip's or Shape's Color and Color Properties Additions II Written
016 - Create a Title or Credits Additions II Written
017 - Direct Viewer's Attention with Callouts Additions II Video/Written
018 - Editing on Timeline Timeline II Video
019 - Embed a Flash Video on a Webpage or Blog Share III Written
020 - Export a Video with Captions Audio III Written
021 - For Camtasia Studio Users: Feature Comparison Chart Reference II Written
022 - For Camtasia Studio Users: File Formats Reference II Written
023 - For Camtasia Studio Users: Media on the Timeline Timeline II Written
024 - For Camtasia Studio Users: Previewing Your Video during Editing Canvas II Written
025 - For Camtasia Studio Users: Record a Region Record II Written
026 - For Camtasia Studio Users: Selecting Production Dimensions Share II Written
027 - For Camtasia Studio Users: Show a Specific Window or Region Canvas II Written
028 - For Camtasia Studio Users: SmartFocus Effects II Written
029 - For Camtasia Studio Users: Timeline Tracks Timeline II Written
030 - For Camtasia Studio Users: Title Clips Additions II Written
031 - For Camtasia Studio Users: Transitions & Effects Effects II Written
032 - Improving the Quality of Your Video Troubleshooting III Video
033 - Insert Media Between Clips on the Timeline Timeline I Video/Written
034 - Modify Your Media's Properties Properties II Video
035 - Prevent Black Bars and Borders on Final Video Troubleshooting III Video
036 - Record a PowerPoint or Keynote Presentation Record II Video
037 - Recording Tips Recording II Written
038 - Replace a Section of Audio on the Timeline Audio III Video/Written
039 - Select an Area to Record Record II Written
040 - Share Over the Internet with Screencast.com Share II Video/Written
041 - Share Video to iPod, iPhone or onto iTunes Share II Video/Written
042 - Share Video to YouTube Share II Video/Written
043 - Show a Specific Window or Region Canvas III Video/Written
044 - Syncing Audio and Video Audio III Video
045 - Watermark a Video Additions II Written
046 - Working on the Canvas Canvas II Video/Written
047 - Working on the Timeline Timeline II Video
048 - Working with Audio Audio II Video
049 - Working with Text Additions II Video/Written
050 - Working with Timeline Tracks Timeline II Written
051 - Zooming in with SmartFocus Audio III Video/Written