Audio wave form

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Hi there, can I create a wave form on Camtasia? I'm attempting to create a video for YouTube that was a podcast and need to turn the audio file into a video using a static image and a moving wave form. Looking for a way I can accomplish this with Camtasia if possible. If not, perhaps it can be a future feature!?
Many thanks!
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You cannot "Create" a audio wave form with Camtasia.

You could use a recording of an audio wave form created with another program. 

Regards,Joe
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Thanks Joe. Fingers crossed they can add it in a future version. It would be nice to streamline the number of tools we all use these days. Are you familiar with a program that can accomplish this? Curious if you have any recommendations. I've checked Google and didn't find anything that was worth a monthly fee. 
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Andrew -
What do you mean by an "audio wave form"? Any audio, voice, music, tone generator can be viewed as an "audio wave-form"  on an oscilloscope.  Are you referring to what you could see on an O'Scope?
 
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The only program I'm aware of is After Effects.
Which is not a cheap option.
You can create custom waveforms.
Chose colors, wave form shape, etc.





In the long run, you might be better off using a service dedicated to it?

I don't have much use for this effect.
So I haven't researched the topic much.
Sorry I can't be more help.

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@Andrew Murdoch

For now the free program Shotcut editor can do what you want and it is easy to do
and they are in sync with your video audio.

Just a few examples of the type of waves it can create.
You have alot of control styling them.




Sadly it means using another software but saves time trying to create and then sync your audio wave to your video.


Dubie:)


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Free is Great {:>)

Can you export the waveform with transparency? Just curious.
Remove a color is all Camtasia has to offer to remove the background.
It would be nice to see blending modes added to the program.
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Don't know if it can export it as transparent out of the gate to use in Camtasia.

I will have to do some Experimenting some time.

I can export it as .mov with transparency but need to run it through FFmpeg and convert to the png codec to work in Camtasia.






Audio removed from wave video




Dubie:)



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Thanks, I was only curious.
I think the demand to apply them to video is pretty low.  

With social media currently embracing this Audio/Image trend.
Interest in the effect will probably  increase. 
If you're simply apply this to a still image with an audio track.
Along with some text. 

Exporting, converting & importing a waveform into Camtasia?
Seems to cumbersome for the task at hand. 

If I were creating waveforms in Shotcut.
Thats where I'd complete my work. 
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I have noticed the uptick with having the wave forms overlayed on images and with podcast uploads.

Agreed that creating the waves in Shotcut and then importing to Camtasia would be ... well
a waste.

I was just curios myself if the Shotcut output would retain transparency and work in Camtasia.

Not something I intend to spend any time on though.
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AVI supports transparency.
Camtasia supports the png codec only.
Why TechSmith latched onto this codec? 

Adobe dropped video png output in 2018.
 I've still got CC applications from 2017 installed.
In case I want to create something for Camtasia without conversion required.
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Wow.... thanks for the feedback and suggestions all! Dubie, I will play around with Shotcut as well and see what I can create. I think this is a feature Camtasia should consider adding since more and more people are adding their podcasts to YouTube. After Effects looks like a great option but perhaps a bit overkill for my needs. 
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waveform captured in Audacity

Example Audio Wave Form As Captured In Audacity 2020-02-25
https://www.screencast.com/t/ZwggrE2dis

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Thanks for the example! I wonder if I can do this with a podcast that has already been recorded? I working on an option now. Alternatively, I suppose I can play the podcast and let Audacity record it then but I will lose a bit in quality
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I don't do podcast; don't know a thing about them

but you should be able to play the podcast while recording in Audacity [while capturing the recording activity with Camtasia Recorder]

this process does not involve any podcast video [??]
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Hello all... I can't thank you enough for your input. I seem to have a solution. I created the podcast in Camtasia with a static image and exported it. Then uploaded the file to Shotcut (thank you @Dubie for the suggestion!) I added an audio spectrum visualization and then exported the file. Now it's ready for YouTube. It takes a few steps but it gets the job done until Camtasia includes this feature. Fingers crossed!