How to listen to my narration (without recording it) WHILE recording the video?

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I prefer to prerecord my narration and then listen to it while recording myself using the program I'm doing the demo of. But I do not want to record that narration while recording the video (it would sound poor as it's a recording of a playback of narration).

So I want to:
1. Listen to my recorded Narration while recording video
2. Record computer sounds but not my narration
3. Add my narration in at the end as an audio track

In this example, someone pre-records their audio but it seems they cannot record computer sounds (otherwise they'd record the audio narration they are listening to, which can sound poor (b/c your recording the playback of a recording)
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Michael Deslippe

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Sure, the recording module allows you to activate or mute 1) system audio and/or 2) microphone. The microphone jack is just a 3.5mm plug and you can stick anything in there from a microphone to an mp3 player to your cell phone or anything else that outputs mono or stereo through a 3.5mm jack. 
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The way I do this if I need to listen to a already recorded audio AND do a video recording at the same time with system/speaker sound requires the use of Audacity (which is free) and a headset.

load your narration into Audacity and set the speaker output to your headset

Now set Camtasia Recorder audio to use your speakers or system sound or both

You should now be able to listen to your narration through Audacity and your headphones and record your video/screencast with system/speaker sound and not record your narration

P.S. I helps to have dual monitors also, But not required. Just makes it easier to work both programs at the same time

Have Fun!!
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Ahh... the trick is that you need to use a USB headset (and I suspect, set that to NOT be the default sound output device).

Worked great.

It would be really cool if Camtasia would also record that usb sound source to a different track  but it's not a big deal to copy the sound in.