Audio inconsistencies mean that my users are turning their volume up and down and sometimes I’m scaring them with uncomfortably loud volume after a previously quiet clip
A colored audio meter on the recorder (with target audio levels) so I can make sure my voice is “just right.”
(edit to original post based on feedback) Another use case with the same underlying problem is normalizing audio across media with a editor based solution
2 questions about Camtasia 9 audio:
1. How do I know what is the current audio level? I edited a video yesterday and I recall I set the volume level to 224 - but now I cannot view it anywhere. I even tried to open the project file in text editor - but could not see it anywhere. Some help will be appreciated here.
2. What is the difference between audio level and audio gain? Which one should be use if we want to make the voice narration a bit louder or quieter?
I often record a video and find that most of it is o.k., but later need to re-record one section. Sometimes (whether because I'm on a new machine or simply messed up the settings), the volume level on the new clip is drastically different. Is there an easy way to match up the levels (I usually record video and audio at the same time). Also, a better built-in tool for this would be a great new feature(if anyone at Techsmith is listening...)
Instead of fixing the problem they added a bandaid
We probably should have broken this out into 2 ideas. Before we know which way to go with this, we’d like to get additional clarity on the problems to solve. This idea got a lot of votes so we didn’t want to wait until the next idea round-up to get clarity.
From the feedback we heard two problems:
While recording screen, I want to know my audio level is in the target range so my users aren’t having to change their volume
I don’t want my audience to have to adjust their volume during my video because of inconsistent audi levels. I’d like a way to normalize the audio levels of some or all my audio media in my project
We’d appreciate if you could help us out here. We’ll update the status on idea once we have that additional information.
With respect, you need to read this entire thread and the threads merged into it. Multiple people have submitted very detailed technical requests, more details in fact than your survey. This thread and the threads merged into it go back multiple years, please read the whole thing, many of us have contributed many details. Perhaps you could ask questions about some of the very detailed requests posted previously. Thank you.
From Wikipedia- Virtual Studio Technology (VST) is a software interface that integrates software audio synthesizer and effect plugins with audio editors and recording systems. VST and similar technologies use digital signal processing to simulate traditional recording studio hardware in software. Thousands of plugins exist, both commercial and freeware, and a large number of audio applications support VST under license from its creator, Steinberg.
Do you ask Camtesia's Customers to record in Black and White and edit in Colors ?
Do you ask your Customers to record in Colors and edit in Black and White ?
And the problem is not to have a vu-meter, a “normalizer“, some colors or not... the problem is to have a sound reference.
I understand Sound is not your speciality and is a problem for Camtesia.
What I don't understand is why don't you allow third party Plugin ?
Hi David D,
To clarify my main need - it is to be able to accurately monitor the level of audio on the timeline within the editor (so an accurate dB meter displaying audio levels of the content in the timeline).
A normalizing tool would also be helpful but does not solve the problem of not being able to see where the levels are at any given point.
To clarify, (taken from Wikipedia) normalization is the application of a constant amount of gain to an audio recording to bring the average or peak amplitude to a target level (the norm).
So normalizing doesn't allow you to monitor the levels of your audio, rather it simply raises the average OR peak values to an entered value.
The issue with that is that you can still have a video that is over unity (aka 0dB) and with no other changes in Camtasia, you'd still have no idea what the actual levels are that you're outputting.
Does that make sense? Happy to elaborate if it doesn't.
I think ideally the audio meter looks like the Apple Logic meter and is on the master bus. It shows Peak, RMS, and most importantly LUFS. Most video platforms such as YouTube and broadcast have a LUFS standard now. Would be cool if you could select the standard and it would show you if you are going over like the logic one below. -14 LUFS is what I shoot for when making a YouTube video and -23 LUFS for broadcast.
But there's no ear that can say if this sound is -12 db or - 18 db.
We need a reference into the editor to know what is the max output YouTube can accept !
*Please forget about “Normalizers“. They are a totaly old fashionned plugin with today's Compressors !