For what it’s worth, I always record my audio and video at the same time.
How do I do it? I wear a headset microphone for starters. Because you have to have free hands to operate the keyboard and computer mouse. Plus, as you move your head around. A microphone that sits on your desk. Will not pick up the sound of your voice properly. Because the sound will trail off as you turn your head away from it.
For scripted tutorials, I have the script on one monitor. And do the video recording on my primary monitor.
If I have to be very precise in my wording. I will rehearse my lines a bit. Read them aloud a few times to get them clear in my head. I may even practice actions on screen when utilizing software. Undoing my actions, helping the recordings go more smoothly.
I have the pause button of the recorder mapped to a handy key. I also have the recorders tool bar set to minimize to the system tray while recording. In that mode, when it’s paused, it pops back up on screen while paused. So I always know if I am recording or not.
There are people that record the audio first. Then try to time their movements on screen to their audio. If you can make that work for you that’s fine.
When I’m talking, typing and moving the mouse naturally, everything is smooth and in time by default.
I would think you can waste as much time in the editor extending frames, slicing and dicing the audio and moving things around. To accommodate these mismatched recordings. As you would rehearsing your actions.Winding up with a choppier production overall to boot.But that’s just my perspective.
There’s more than one way to get things done.Regards, Joe
Sometimes the audio turns out great with some editing but TechSmith's audio still needs more editing features in my opinion. I use Lavalier Mics, and USB Headsets and also have a Pro Recording Setup as I record my music too and never had problems using an external mic as long as you stay focused on where it is placed and prepare ahead of time for getting your audio levels set correctly etc.
Everyone has their own ways of recording their screencast videos and audio so there would be many things and options to consider and just do some experimenting with to see what works best for the user and what makes them feel most comfortable.
Thanks for posting and have a great day/night.
How do I go about recording only audio first or only video first and then adding the others? I've seen several poss here about problems syncing the two. If I understand things correctly, I can stretch out the audio segments if they are too short for the video. Is that practical?That's exactly the workflow I almost always use. I can either invest a lot of time rehearsing the narration and actions to get them right or I can invest a lot of time clipping and snipping the timeline. For me, the results are better with the latter, mainly due to the improved overall timing and quality of the finished product. This is well-covered in my book, E-Learning with Camtasia Studio. http://amzn.to/1qiy47d
Here is a high-level view of the workflow that works best for me.
- Storyboard the whole thing with narration and screenshots or sketches. Get it approved, if required.
- I like to create a "shot list" and record the video first, either with or without talking through it. If you get the timing close and the steps exactly as outlined in the storyboard, you will be ahead of the game and prevent changes later on. Both my book and some of the TechSmith resources I have seen cover the concept of using a shot list.
- Get voice talent (sometimes me, sometimes a colleague) into the sound booth and do a read-through while recording in Audacity.
- While recording, when there's a flub or mis-read, back up to the most recent significant vocal pause (end of sentence or phrase) and just keep recording from there. When working with someone else as vocal talent, I use a backward twirly finger motion to let them know to back up and re-record that part.
- Edit the Audacity project file using the Effects menu to remove noise, apply EQ, and compress the peaks and valleys out of the stream.
- Edit the Audacity project file a second time to remove excess pauses between blurbs to about 3/4 second. This timing will be used later to help create splits in the Camtasia project timeline where needed to adjust timing there.
- Export audio as WAV and save in the project folder. Use WAV format to prevent over-compression in the final video.
- In the Camtasia project file, lay the audio on a track below the recorded video.
- Use the clippers, splitters, delete selection and other Camtasia timeline editing tools to adjust both audio and video tracks to match up so actions match narration. HINT: I use the clip speed adjustment a lot.
- Add your zooms, pans, callouts, titles, transitions and background music, if appropriate. If you do use BG music, use the Camtasia audio edit points to create dips and swells as required to get a good mix. I always use high-quality headphones to get this right.
- Export as high-quality MP4 and enjoy!
As above, leave any animations, zooms and annotations to last.
Another option: Regularly the Subject Matter Expert will record the screen and talk at the same time and later a different person will record the audio via the script and the video is then matched to th new audio.
I make sure that there is minimal mouse movement when not required to aid any cutting of video and annotations an zooms etc can be used to highlight or focus on the required section of the screen.
The script and the voice should be the focus and the screen action should be there to support what the speaker is saying.
The recording studio is on the fifth floor of a six-story building. There is no power line above it. Audacity has a lot of menu choices that I don't knowt he meaning of. I used to get a very large waveform. I don't know what changed but now, yes, I get an almost flat line.