Can Camtasia Studio emulate a video production suite with audio playback/video capture?

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Is it possible to lay your narration into CS, then listen to the audio playback while capturing the video scene related to the audio?

We used to do this at the TV station, but I have not successfully accomplished this within CS8.4.4. I have not tried it within Camtasia for Mac.

Any ideas?
It would certainly help me to reduce my production time.

I have and use Jing and Snagit, so if you have a hybrid idea, that would be great too.
The simpler the better.
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steve.hammill

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Kelly Mullins, TechSmith Employee & Helper

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Hi,

In order to get the highest quality recording, I would use Camtasia Studio. You will get your SmartFocus keyframes, cursor data, and keyboard shortcuts when you record with Camtasia as well.

So, why not export your audio as an MP3 file. Then, play that from Windows Media Player that is minimized to your dock, then record your onscreen action with Camtasia Recorder. (Choose File > Produce Special > Export Audio As > MP3 or Wav.

Do you think that will work? Have you tried this and it hasn't worked?

Kelly
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I think you can Step 1 record  script to  audio and set  into  Camtasia only record  audio.
Play Audio leave a gap start  screen  recording start Get your program ready to  record. Focus it to  cover the Camtasia window and  record. Its actually better to do it the  other way  round. Screen record first.
write script to recording use  a Teleprompter (teleprompt+) to record the  audio narration. Then  you can spit the  Audio track  into  perfectly fitting segments. (beware the  Mac  Pop on cuts problem  the solution is  to  cut  on 3-5 sec silences)
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I've tried all sorts of ways to playback the audio, including a foot switch controlling playback from an MP3 player and it is inconsistent at best.

You did say something that got me thinking, Phil. 

Using my PC, I opened CS8, laid in an MP3, then opened a recorder instance from the menu rather than from within the CS8 UI (It did not work when I opened the recorder from within the UI). This enabled me to hear the audio playback and record a video segment timed to the audio. 

It was inelegant, but it worked to simulate the way we did it in our commercial video suite, as well as how I produced soundtracks in my analogue multi-track studio in the 80s. With rare exception, we sync'd video to audio rather than the other way around. 

I'd like to see Techsmith emulate this behavior so that it is more precise and not as klughy. 

Thank you, Kelly & Phil. 

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