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

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I'm a new user of Camtasia: Mac (version 2.8).

The multitrack timeline leads me to believe that I should be able to do this, but I cannot find a way to record a video track while playing back my previously-recorded audio track. 
This is, of course, a core feature of all multitrack audio or video editors, and Camtasia is SO close to those tools in other ways, it would be great if this ability could be added.

I prefer this workflow because it allows me to record narration while looking at an outline or a script, without worrying about the on-screen demo. Then once I have the pacing and narration finalized, I can make the on-screen demo match the narration.

If I've missed something and there is a way to do it, please advise!
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tom.richards

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charles walton

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You could always record a screen while re-doing commentary. You can right click your media and select separate audio and video. (On the multi track)
So you could keep doing this and just delete the video out and place the audio track in line with your video. That's an easy way to do it. Its how i cut out certain parts of commentary or add parts in. 
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Thanks for the response!
I think what you're describing works great for re-doing the audio, but I'm essentially looking to do the opposite, in a sense, because I want to do (or re-do) the video while I'm listening to the final audio track for timing.

So I started out by recording my audio narration, following an outline I had written out. I did a few takes and edits until I was happy with that. What I hoped to do next was to overdub with the screen capture; i.e. while listening to my commentary for timing, I'd do the navigation/typing/etc. to show the app.

In desperation I did as someone else suggested -- exported the audio track and used another player (e.g. Audacity) to play the audio track while I recorded the screen capture on a new track. It worked, but it's kind of a kludge. 

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Tom, did you figure out an easier way to do this yet?

I just started using Camtasia Studio 8 for Windows and I would like to make my video exactly as you suggested, Tom. The community seems to recommend recording audio and video separately with camtasia but I do not see how it is simple to synch separate audio and video tracks together, especially when the videos are 7-12 minutes long.. 

What am I missing??
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Marisa, I never found a better work-around than what I described in my "in desperation" paragraph... 
And I'm surprised that more people don't prefer working in this audio-driven process. Maybe we're just weird... but I found I could produce much tighter, concise recordings if I perfected the audio track first, and then created the screen recordings to match the pace.

Doing it the other way around, I found I often had to split video into segments and stretch or shrink their durations, to match my audio timing. 

How about it, Techsmith? Could you enable monitoring of an audio track while recording the new video capture?
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Thanks Tom!  I used your strategy and while I agree it seems like  "hack" it allowed me to get my work done in less time. Thanks for the work-around!
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There have been several topics posted similar to this one.  Can anyone from TechSmith indicate whether this idea is being considered, or not?

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