Camtasia Recording Recovery | How to Retrieve Camtasia Projects/Videos

Jean updated on Jul 22, 2019 to Data Recovery Solution | How-to Articles


Don't be panic when you accidentally deleted Camtasia recordings or lost Camtasia projects due to program crash. On this page, EaseUS will guide you to restore deleted Camtasia videos from recycle bin, temp file folder and use EaseUS file recovery software for help.

How to Recover Camtasia Recordings/Screen Captures

"Here is the thing. I was using Camtasia to edit a video that was supposed to upload to YouTube. All things were perfectly done until my computer suddenly turned blue.

At first, I didn't sense the problem. I remembered the recording file was saved before the BSOD error. However, when I turned on the computer, I couldn't find the video. I've lost a piece of screen recording which was saved as .camrec. Can anybody tell me how to get my video back?"

Losing Camtasia recordings or screen captures is a common issue that most users would have to face when you accidentally closed Camtasia without saving projects, Camtasia program crashes or deleting a wrong recording on PC. 

On this page, you'll find 3 solutions to restore deleted or lost Camtasia projects, recordings and videos use reliable file recovery software or retrive them from a local temp folder, recycle bin and for help. Follow the workable solutions to get back your Camtasia video recordings immediately.

Method 1. Retrieve Lost Camtasia Projects with File Recovery Software

Applies to restore lost or deleted videos, projects, and recordings created by Camtasia in 3 steps.

Fro an effective and 100% workable solution, using a reliable data recovery software shall be the optimal choice.

EaseUS file recovery software - Data Recovery Wizard supports almost all types of file recovery, including Camtasia CAMREC files. No matter how you lost the files, the software is able to restore them as you wish.

Follow the steps below to retrieve your Camtasia videos in 3 steps:

Step 1. If your lost video recordings are saved on external hard drive or USB, connect it to your computer firstly. Run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, and select the location where you lost videos. Click "Scan" to scan all lost files.

select a location and click scan

Step 2. The software will start to scan all over the selected hard drive for all lost video recordings immediately. When the process finishes, you can click "Filter", and choose "Videos" to quickly find video files.

scan for deleted data

Step 3. Check and preview lost video recordings before recovery. Then, choose the wanted files and click "Recover" to keep the files into another safe location instead of the original drive/device.

Restore lost videos

If you have lost Camtasia recordings on your Mac, you can use the recovery software for Mac to help you restore lost, deleted or unsaved Camtasia recordings or screen captures with ease. 

Method 2. Recover Unsaved or Lost Recordings from Camtasia 

Applies to disaster recovery when Camtasia shuts down or suddenly closes.

Here are two options that you can try when Camtasia suddenly closes or shuts down.

Option 1. Camtasia Built-in Recovery Option in Camtasia Recorder

Camtasia Recorder has a built-in disaster recovery feature that can assist you in recovering an unsaved recording:

  • Step 1: Open Camtasia Recorder.
  • Step 2: Click "Recover" to bring the recording back.
  • Recover unsaved Camtasia recordings.

Option 2. Auto Recover in Camrec Folder

Sometimes, with the autosave feature is enabled, people find the lost Camtasia recordings or projects from a local autosave folder. How to enable AutoSave feature?

  • For 8.4 and earlier: Open Camtasia and  go to "Tools > Options > Program". Under "Program", there is an option called AutoSave. 
  • For 8.5 and later: Go to Preferences under Edit tab in Camtasia > Program > Check "Enable autosave every 2" minutes.

With the autosave feature enabled, you can perform auto-recovery of lost recordings in Camrec folder:

You can directly follow the path to locate and find the lost recording or unsaved project: C:\Users\ADMINI~1\AppData\Local\Temp\ or C:\Users\Admin\AppData\Local\TechSmith\Camtasia Studio\9.0\Auto-Saves.

  • camtasia recording recovery auto save.

Or you can also follow steps here to restore lost recordings from Camrec folder:

  • Step 1: Press Windows + R keys to bring up Run window, type %temp% and click "OK".
  • Open local folder for restore camtasia video.
  • Step 2: Locate and open the Camrec folder.
  • Step 3: Recover and save the recordings.
  • 8.4 and earlier: import the AVI or other formats of recordings to Camtasia and save it as a project.
  • 8.5 and later: Drag the TREC file into Camtasia and save it as a project on your PC.

Method 3: Undelete Camtasia Videos from Recycle Bin

When you accidentally deleted a video created by Camtasia, you can also undelete it from the recycle bin:

  • Step 1: Double-click on the Recycle Bin icon on Windows Desktop.
  • Step 2: Locate and right-click on the deleted Camtasia video, select "Restore".
  • Step 3: The deleted videos will be restored from Recycle Bin to its original locations.
  • Undelete photos from recycle bin.

To sum up, on this page, we've collected three ways to help you recover lost Camtasia recordings by using file recovery software, undeleting the files from the recycle bin or local Camrec temp folder.

We'd also to recommend you be careful while using Camtasia to edit videos. Also, Ctrl + S is more practical than enabling the autosave feature.

Camtasia AutoSave feature doesn't really work properly since auto-saved project files are deleted automatically when you do a manual save or exit.

If you fail to find the lost recordings from recycle bin or autosave folder, don't worry. You can always go back to the first method, using EaseUS file recovery software for help.


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