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How can I rename and save a .trec file?

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This tutorial details how to create and save a .trec file type. The trick is that in order to get a prompt to rename your files as you record them, you need to change a default setting before you record. This is especially helpful if you are recording a lot of videos or if you plan to record pieces of videos and edit them together, later.

What is a .trec file? A .trec file is a high resolution file that allows more editing flexibility within Camtasia Studio than any other file type. It is also the only file type that is compatible with both Mac and Windows versions of Camtasia Studio. Even further, currently, you cannot share .cmproj or .camproj files between the two operating systems. 

1. Switch default setting to "Prompt for filename"

In order to change the filename for your recordings, you need to complete this step BEFORE you create the recording. Otherwise, you will need to rename your files in the folder and THEN import them into Camtasia studio for editing.

1.1. Open the Tools menu option

  1. Select Tools from the menu bar and select "Options."

1.2. Select "Prompt for file name"

  1. Select "Prompt for file name" to deselect "Automatic file name."  This will allow you to rename the file after each recording; if you leave it on automatic, you will not be able to change the file name once the media is added to your timeline.

Back up your files! It is recommended to save your files locally before sharing your Camtasia project or .trec files with the Educational Technology Office.

1.3. If preferred: Change Default Output Folder

  1. Select your default output folder. You likely want to choose an easy to find folder that isn't buried within a nest of other folders.

Back up your files! It is recommended to save your files locally before sharing your Camtasia project or .trec files with the Educational Technology Office.

2. Develop a naming convention for your project

Before you start recording files for your project, you should develop a naming convention that will be used across your files (and any teammates files). This convention will then be used to name your files as you create your recordings.

2.1. Example file naming convention

Module Identifier_Video Identifier-ClipNumber_VideoTitle (which translates to 1.1.1_Introduction to Thermodynamics; next would be 1.1.2_Introduction to Thermodynamics)

Note: The "Clip Number" is especially important if you are doing multiple recordings for one video project. This helps connect the pieces of the video into the one larger video, as often you create multiple video clips and then edit them together.

3. Complete your recording (as usual)

  1. Hit the Record button when you are ready to begin.  For more detailed instructions, visit the tutorial, "How to Record your Screen" for full instructions.

4. Save and back up your file

Remember that saving your files locally on your hard drive is not secure; you want to have safe and reliable storage by using a cloud storage option (preferably with versioning). We recommend MS OneDrive, which is part of your UofT toolkit.

  1. Save your file according to your naming convention for this project.
  2. Confirm that you are saving a Camtasia Recording (.trec) file.

Congrats! You've successfully save a .trec file!

You can and should confirm that your files are saved as expected; drop into the folder to make sure you can see your project files as you record them.

How can I tell if a file is a .trec file? The icon for .trec files is a red filmstrip. If you have your "view" setting on "large icons," you'll see it as above. If you have it on "list" or "details," the icon will be less obvious. You can also make sure that your file extensions are visible.

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