Audio ducking

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Automatic audio ducking would be a huge help - to enable the background music to be quietened when there is a voice over.  This feature works great in the Apple Clips App on iOS.  Really helps give a professional feel to the video.  (I don't have the time to do it manually.)

Note: This conversation was created from a reply on: Camtasia Feedback Feature Request Round-Up.
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Jenny Chan

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YES!!! Please. That would be the best EVER and would save so much time! 
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David D, Technical Product Manager - Camtasia

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Official Response

Thanks for submitting the audio ducking idea and those that voted. Audio ducking is something we’ve had on our minds. There are a few ideas that are audio related in this round-up. We are evaluating a collection of audio related features and audio ducking is included in that discussion. We’ll share here and on the other audio related ideas as we have more updates.

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Here is the overall vote count for the rest of the Ideas in this round up.

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I know that Screenflow supports Automatic Audio Ducking.  It's a huge timesaver.  Doing it manually would be very fiddly and make it a real pain when you needed to make later edits.
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Craig Klemme

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First off, I'm quite amazed at the usability of this product. I've been a Screenflow guy for a while, but this has it beat in NEARLY all areas.
The lack of audio ducking is the one thing that makes me keep Screenflow installed. It's that useful, and frankly, essential to what I do. The addition of a low pass filter dial/slider/value box to the ducking would be icing on the cake. 
Your Voice Narration and Noise Removal features are staggeringly effective, and SO perfect for recording audio directly, yet I still find myself having to go to outside software to get the full package due to the lack of a ducking feature. Truly a shame. This software is almost perfect. Here's hoping for a (near) future update. Keep up the good work!
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Just my opinion,

Probably because I'm an amateur, all of my productions feature massively chopped-up narration tracks. Like 100+ clips, tweaked endlessly for timing and normalization, etc. Here's an example (click to enlarge):

So while automatic ducking would be great if it worked, it would save me just a few minutes after hours and hours of simultaneous audio and video editing. So it's not a priority for me.

(Track Audio 1 reserved for music in example above.)
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Key for me is that audio ducking would save time on the first edit (when adding the background music) and then every subsequent edit (to re-arrange flow or add additional sequences).
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Joe Morgan

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Audio ducking would be a nice feature and a perfect fit for Camtasia. Narration is probably utilized by the majority of Camtasia users.

In the meantime, wait for it.Ugh.....Workaround........

You can export your audio tracks one at a time. Just shut off unwanted audio tracks first. Click the track(s) Eye Ball on the timeline to disable them.

The key is to apply ducking at the end of your project,when all the editing is done.That way your not spinning your wheels needlessly. Just replace the timeline audio with the new audio. Or silence the other audio tracks and leave them where there are.Add the new audio to it's own track.I would export from Audacity as a .wav file. 

Then you can use a program like Audacity which is free to apply  Audio Ducking. Adobe's Audition has audio ducking and I'm sure there's a whole host of applications out there to chose from.Free is easy to get on-board with.


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Rick Stone

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I'm always amazed and astonished at the disdain so often expressed for "workarounds" or "hacks".   

Sure, in a perfect world the software manufacturers would immediately hop right on everyone's whim and hours later offer an immediate upgrade to a new version that now contains the desired feature, we all know all too well that things are rarely perfect.

So what we are left with are workarounds. And as I see it, workarounds are what most support forums are all about. Sharing with one another our own ways and suggestions for overcoming flaws or implementing features we would love to see, but aren't yet there in the product.

Personally, I'm always fond of seeing and learning about workarounds. I thankfully embrace them.

Cheers... Rick :)
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Joe Morgan

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Well Rick, for me it's simple to define what's wrong with workarounds. Why there's disdain so often expressed for them.

Workarounds usually require additional steps. When you can work within a programs features, the steps required are generally fewer.No exporting,importing,deleting,replacing,etc.

There's  Hocus Pocus and getting creative.I've seen some overly creative workarounds posted in this forum that actually work.
Ones that would take forever to actually use. So there not practical. Just because you can jump through hoops doesn't mean you always should. I like a good workaround,that's why I posted that one above, but they can come at a price.

Additional steps lead to longer production times. Increased production times incur higher production costs.

Time is money.

A good workaround can actually save time, most don't come with that luxury attached.
There's nothing wrong with a good workaround and I'm not suggesting people shouldn't post them.

Program functionality is where it's at. Disdain for workarounds  is pretty common in my peer group.

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I've been using Camtasia for years now and the ONLY thing that drives me crazy is the lack of audio ducking.  I've voted for this year on year too, but no luck so far. 

There are so many software packages on the market that have been doing this for years, that I really wonder why Techsmith just won't go there.  I record product feature videos on a daily basis and the amount of time I have to spend in Camtasia ducking the music volume when the narration kicks in is just horrible.  I end up having to finish the videos in other software, just so that I can have the audio ducking done automatically for me.  Please Techsmith, make Camtasia my number one go to software and get this sorted!


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So the audio leveling in Camtasia 2019 tells me that they know how to work with audio, so why they don't have ducking is beyond me. This isn't a new request, but I hope it's one that comes to Camtasia soon. 
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Hey folks,

Audio ducking is tentatively planned for this next major release cycle. No guarantees, but we're planning on taking a stab at it. Hope that cheers up your Friday afternoon.

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I recently edited an 8 minute video and was reminded how great it would be to have audio ducking available.  So if this is planned for the next major release, that is brilliant.