CAMTASIA RECORDER: Is there a way to just display the VU Meter while recording but not actually record it in the video?

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Need the VU meter to be visible while recording with Camtasia Recorder but not actually captured as part of the video. Even a 2 pixel wide VU meter would work if it could be placed bottom right/left - top right/left (assignable) edge of screen and we pull back recording window guides to avoid it. Just need a way to see audio is actually coming in from web broadcasts, etc., while recording.
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The obvious answer is to use a separate monitor but I'm sure you've explored that. :) 
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Unforytunately, that is not an option. Needs to be one monitor only. We are capturing from a VM :)
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Fair enough.  I require a lot of extra material when I make my videos and I use an iMac 27" with a 5K screen for my main Camtasia platform, a 27" Samsung monitor for my canvas and screen recording, and a big kick-ass 55" 4K monitor for all my other junk like screengrabs, web sites and scripts.

I would highly recommend buying a cheap 27" monitor as an add-on.  You will never look back. :)
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Unfortunately these are virtual machines. There is no second monitor even possible. We tried to shrink it down but it's still too big even just as the controls and vu meter. Would be great if there was an option to make it even tinier. Just vu meters like I said.
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I guess I don't understand.  Do you mean you are running Camtasia on something like Amazon Workspace?  ...or is Camtasia on your local PC/Mac and you are recording on the VM?

If you mean you are running off a VM like Parallels,  you can use Coherence mode.

In any case, you can get an inexpensive 4K monitor and still be able to record 1080 and have space left over for the Camtasia record pop-up.
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only solution I know is to capture less than full screen, and keep Recorder in view, outside the capture area
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Yeah that's what I thought. Need to have an option for just very small Vu meters likes two pixels wide. That would be great.
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Are you recording system sound or mic or both? What sound card and sound software do you have? Maybe a visit to a virtual radio shack may give you ideas.
Given your restrictions, I'd look for an external VU meter and place it in the vicinity of you monitor.
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curious here ... how would you make use of Recorder's meter if you could see it during capture?
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I can plug my old tape deck's "line in" to the "line out" on my computer. No matter what sound is being played in windows (mic, music, youtube) the vu meters bounce to the music. I prefer analog meters, they are more accurate to the ear, digital are better for engineering adjustments.

External meters need two inputs - one from a sound source (line out on a computer) and power. And there are dozens available that can power from USB's 5V or battery. 

As long as the meter selected has a "line in" impedance approximately the same as the "line out" of the sound card/computer's sound chip (normally 120-480 Ω) it should be able to be adjusted to near perfect.

Here are some examples: https://www.amazon.com/vu-meter/s?k=vu+meter

Here's a cheap, digital vu meter and in comes with the 3.5 mm and USB cable:

https://www.amazon.com/Vaorwne-VHM-902-Indicator-Stereo-Amplifier/dp/B081R989R2/ref=sr_1_9?dchild=1&keywords=vu+meter&qid=1592482824&sr=8-9
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