Add a low-cut filter (at least)

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Hi !
With the new version of Camtasia, I was pretty sure that this oddity would be fixed, but it's still there : There's no audio equalizer... not event a simple low-cut filter !
Sometimes when on the go, my recordings can suffer from hums and stuff (caused by computer vibrations or whatever).
A simple low-cut filter would do the trick pretty quick... but since it's not there, I have to export the audio, process it in another software and import it back in Camtasia.
This is a total waste of time !
So please please please pretty please, can you add at least a low-cut filter, and at best a proper parametric equalizer ? 
Thanks !
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Paul Middlin, Employee

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That's a great suggestion, thank you. It helps to know how often people want to do this and for what purpose.

In the mean time, specific to background hums like you describe, have you tried the "Noise Removal" audio effect?
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Could you give us a step-by-step in detail as how you would do that in Camtasia 9?
Thanks
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I believe it works the same as on the Mac, which is that you just drag the effect onto the clip you want it to affect. There aren't any other steps- it autodetects silence and uses that as the 'floor' to remove background noise.
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No, it is not a known issue. The noise removal filter is supposed to work on both platforms (this thread is about Camtasia Mac though).
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Thanks for your response, Paul. I did not notice it was for Mac though my follow-up question would be the same.
If it looks for silence and there is room background noise, how would it know to remove the room background noise since it is not silence. does it just remove a certain amount of noise from everything or is it selective of certain kinds of noise only?
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it auto-detects the background noise in a spot where you're not speaking, and removes that from the whole clip. So, it does some analysis automatically to determine what that is, rather than you having to specify it. Does that make sense?
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Yes it does and Thanks for the response Paul.
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Hi !
Thanks for your answer Paul, and Bob for your comments.
I havent't tried the Noise Filter actually (thanks for the tip).
But the background hums was just one example.

Actually the most common case for me is when I carry around a cheap (light) USB (voice) microphone, that has excess low frequencies. The overall sound is fairly good but I have to remove some low for it to suit my needs. 
There's no low-cut on the mic itself, and having one in Camtasia would be a huge time saver.

I don't want to be rude here, but I'm very surprised to have to even justify this request... 
My Sony cassette walkman had a 3-band equalizer 30 years ago.
Granted, most people don't know how to use it, but for those who know, it's of great help.

Camtasia is a professional video (thus audio) editor. I don't understand how it's possible for it not to include such a basic feature.
There's a huge range of quality among voice microphones. Some have a perfectly good sound on their own, and some do a pretty good job as soon as you cut some low or revive some highs...

Not to mention the variations that happen depending on the room and so on...

Again, having a parametric equalizer in Camtasia would allow it to adapt to every situation, and not only perform in a studio with a high-end microphone.

Thanks all for your help ! 
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That makes a lot of sense. We're looking into making an extensible system for audio filters (VST) that would allow you to use a wider variety of things, including EQ.
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That's good news ! That way, it would totally take the burden off of you guys, and at the same time offer endless possibilities for external effects.
Do you have any idea about when this could be released ?
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Not right now, but we'll try to keep folks updated if plans get more definite.