What is a CAMREC File?

How to Open, Edit, & Convert CAMREC Files

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A file with the CAMREC file extension is a Camtasia Studio Recorder file that was created by the Camtasia Studio program.

Camtasia Studio is used to capture video of a computer screen, often to demonstrate how a piece of software works; the CAMREC file format is how such videos are stored.

This file extension is unique to the Windows version of Camtasia Studio; the Mac equivalent uses the .CMREC file extension.

How To Open a CAMREC File

CAMREC files can be viewed and edited with the Camtasia Studio application by TechSmith.

If you don't have access to Camtasia Studio, you can extract the recorded video from the CAMREC file. Just rename the file, changing the .CAMREC extension to .ZIP. Open that new ZIP file with a free file extraction tool like 7-Zip or PeaZip.

You'll find several files inside, including Screen_Stream.avi - this is the actual screen recording file in the AVI format. Extract that file and open or convert it however you wish. See What is an AVI File for more information.

Note: The other files inside the CAMREC archive might include some ICO images, DAT files, and a CAMXML file.

If you find that an application on your PC does try to open the CAMREC file but it's the wrong application or if you would rather have another installed program open CAMREC files, see my How To Change the Default Program for a Specific File Extension guide for making that change in Windows.

How To Convert a CAMREC File

The Camtasia Studio program can convert a CAMREC file to another video format like MP4. You can read how to do this at the TechSmith website.

You can also convert a CAMREC file without Camtasia, using one of these free video converter tools. However, you have to first extract the AVI file from the CAMREC file because it's that AVI file that you have to put into one of those video converters.

Once the AVI has been imported into a video converter tool like Freemake Video Converter, you can convert the video to MP4, FLV, MKV, and several other video formats.

You can also convert the CAMREC file online with a website like FileZigZag. After you extract out the AVI file, upload it to FileZigZag and you'll have the option to convert it to a different video file format like MP4.

More Help With CAMREC Files

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