Can I capture video while monitoring a pre-recorded audio track?

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Hi, I've recorded an audio track in Camtasia (Windows) from a prepared script and would now like to play it back as I record screencasts that match the timing of the audio. Is this possible yet?
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neil

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Aha! So the answer stated above and also in the item from 3 yrs ago is incorrect.  It is stated above that you have to use a different audio player (other than Camtasia) to play the audio, but that is apparently not the case (at least not with Camtasia 9).  I guess using another audio player would have been workable too, but just seemed odd and unsatisfying.  The correct answer to the question would have been, yes, you can play an audio from Camtasia while recording video.  All you need to do is double click on the narration in the media pane.  This opens a Camtasia audio player and plays the narration in a separate window.  You can then play the audio while you record the video.  I am a novice with Camtasia, so I didn't know you could just click on the narration to play it--I am only used to playing media from the timeline.  I knew you could preview a media clip with video and audio, I don't know why I assumed that wouldn't work for audio narrations, just hadn't experienced it.

The only thing a little bit tricky about this method is that I have to manually sync the start of the playback and my recording, because you have to start each one separately, but I can get the hang of that.  Pausing for a second or two of silence at the beginning of your voice narration will give you some flexibility to edit them so that they sync up the way you want.  This solution is really no different than using another audio player, other than it saves you the trouble of opening a separate player and finding the audio file to play it.  

However, I think I would still regard it as a nice feature if Camtasia offered a way to start the audio playback and the video recording with the click of a single button, which would guarantee they would be in sync.  This is just the converse of what the Voice Narration function offers, which is a single button to start a voice recording synchronized with a video playback.