TechSmith Camtasia Studio: The Clip Bin and The Library
by Kevin Siegel
As you add assets to your Camtasia Studio project (such as images, animations, and audio), those assets appear in the Clip Bin.
Once objects appear in the Clip Bin, you can add them to the Timeline by simply dragging and dropping. (Or you can right-click a Clip Bin object and add it to the Timeline at the Playhead position.) Each Camtasia project contains its own Clip Bin and the Clip Bin moves with the project as you back up the project to a server or other drive.
Unfortunately, you cannot share assets found in one project's Clip Bin with another project. That's where the Library comes in.
If you need to use project assets over and over, consider adding those assets to the Library. Once an asset is added to the Library, the asset is available to any Camtasia project on your computer.
When I teach Camtasia, I'm almost always surprised to learn that even veteran Camtasia developers ignore the awesome array of assets available in the Library. (Or perhaps they just didn't know about the Library's role.) Sure some of the music and effects can be a bit, shall we say, corny, but there's plenty of stuff you can really use in your projects. The assets are free from copyright restrictions so check them out. (As with Clip Bin assets, you can add them to the Timeline by dragging or right-clicking. And you can preview a Library asset by double-clicking... the asset will display in the Preview window at the right.)
If you cannot find a Library asset that you like, don't give up. TechSmith provides access to several additional assets online... free. In the image above, did you notice the Get more media link? If you click the link, you'll be taken to a TechSmith site where you can download a ton of additional Library Media. Did I mention it was all free?
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