Add pause button to voice narration

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I was frustrated that the camtasia recorder occasionally won't record sound so I tried to narrate. I am again frustrated that there is no pause button for voice narration, but not as frustrated as when I found out that there have been numerous requests for the SAME feature over the past number of years. For anyone who is recording more than a few seconds of sound, they will appreciate the pause button to clear their throat, collect their thoughts, preview what is to be said, maybe by sliding the play head to preview what's next (without narrator moving its own internal play head) unless they are pre-cog or have very good memory of long videos etc.

This no-pause feature is yet again showing how contented camtasia developers are. Even the first version of windows I used had a pause on its voice recorder like 3 decades ago. I love the voice narration feature since it inserts my narration right where my play head is. I don't have to import from windows voice recorder etc. Unless someone does something, I won't be able to get this feature so:

Let me challenge the top camtasia developer to code without pause for one minute, at a rate only half of an entry-level typist, without copy-paste or tabbing inside their IDEs, just code what they have in mind with all object properties and methods memorized, for one minute. You'll feel my "pain". LOL
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Ed Covney

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What version of Camtasia? Did you check audio level  before starting the recording? F9 is the default pause for the recording, both video & audio. If you need audio only pause, pick up a mic that has an on/off toggle.

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if you can solve the audio-in-Recorder thing, then use Recorder for voice narration; either set the video opacity to 0% or separate audio/video and delete the video

or, use free Audacity for voice narration work

How To Use Recorder For Voice Narration 2017-04-02
https://www.screencast.com/t/7Wz5vPGh

How To Use Audacity For Voice Narration 2017-03-30
https://www.screencast.com/t/sZJRf1uP91jT

both are older tutorials, but still relevant 
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Hey thanks. I can just use windows voice recorder and later insert the clip where I want. But, this is a camtasia "studio" 2019 so I expect these to be integrated, ridding me from all those steps to record with another app and insert.
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2019 version Ed. I tried but no. While I am voice narrating with the camtasia studio 2019 voice narration tool, F9 is a dud. I have F9 on my drawing tablet's shortcut button so I can pause and resume when I'm recording the whole screen. Very neat but no the voice narration tool has no such feature.
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I too wish Voice Narration could pause/continue; to compensate for not having that, I just make all my VNs as short snippets, throwing away any I don't like; easy enough to edit them into a coherent phrase/sentence
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I've thought about that myself but due to the nature of my recording I can't do that. I have to pause myself intentionally to make room for error/narrate. Otherwise I tend to keep talking and point at places on my screen while I talk. It's a non-stop presentation. I really miss the real classroom.
So I re-recorded the whole darn thing, just now. It does make my presentation more organized the second time around but that's more time lost to technology not pulling enough weight. :)

I hope the developer takes my challenge. In retrospection, I've only been coding in bursts and then change and think and diagram after bursts of coding. Things don't come out my brain at a constant pace as an audio stream. ;)
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Hey John Liudr,

I’ve made peace with the lack of a pause feature.

I was one of those people that used to request it.

I’ve used and still use various video editing programs. From character creation/animation. To both basic and advanced video editors. I’ve used or played around with most programs.

To date, I’ve yet to come across one that offers narration with pause. If I ever do, I may add it to my arsenal?

There’s a major disconnect between audio and video.

Video is captured in FPS.

Audio can be broken down into milliseconds “If desired”

Unfortunately, yet by design. Video editing software is hardwired to FPS. Here in lies the problem. At least, this is the conclusion I’ve drawn.

If you ever come across a program that offers it. I’d love to hear about it. If it comes with a free trial. I’ll give it a whirl.

Regards, Joe

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Joe,
Doesn't mean it shouldn't be there. It's an obviously useful feature.
I'm just finding more issues with camtasia studio. It's a bad Friday for me. Now two clips adding to hour long didn't have their cursor recorded at least from preview the cursor never moved. I've never had this issue with camtasia 7 or 2019 since I got 2019. It's just trying to get kicked out of my hard drive. The cursor was moving with my pen tip so obviously and annoyingly but camtasia failed to capture that.
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I think it would be a great feature, I think you misinterpreted my point.

My point, I don't think theres a snowball's chance that TechSmith will develop the first iteration of it.
A powerhouse like Adobe might.  
Sorry 2019 isn't working for you. I know that older pens and outdated pen drivers cause problems.
See if you can download newer drivers for your pen.
Contact tech support if you cannot resolve it.
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I wonder why nobody from camtasia team come here and clarify this, pause while recording is a HUGE improvement and game changer for content creators, it will save us HOURSSS!!
To make your voice over in audacity is not a solution becuase we need to pause the voice narration and the video playback at same time, if we use audacity we will go crazy with 2 sofware open clicking here and there, plus we have more extra steps to save the audio file, put a name and open it on camtasia studio and verify if it matches properly, if not, we need to do it again!

Techsmith guys,, are you serious? This has been requested since 2012, do you have UX Desingners in your company? do you have community manager? where they are?