Can't Mix Inserted Clip To Mono in Camtasia 8?

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I am having that problem with the narration coming only from the left speaker. But the work-around is not working on clips that I insert into the middle of the timeline. I have selected just that clip, am in the Audio tab, and have a check mark in the box that says "Mix to Mono." But the audio still only comes out of the left speaker! this is very frustrating. How can I fix it?

Thanks.

Ken

btw - I use a Rode mic through a Focusrite USB audio interface.
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Ken,

Reverse troubleshooting, start with the known good first. By that I mean insure that the playback chain works properly with a different source. If there is no output from that side, you have a bad connection somewhere. If that is good move on to check other aspects of your system.

Tim 

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Well this is a known problem with Camtasia 8. See this thread: https://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith/topics/audio_settings_greyed_out_disabled

I was only wondering why the Mix to Mono workaround isn't working on my inserted clips, when it works on clips I recorded that get automatically placed on the timeline.

And the answer about my system and the connections, etc. is yes, everything works fine. I teach audio recording, so I record audio every day in my studio. The problem is Camtasia 8. Things work fine in Camtasia 7.

Ken
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Ken,

Your knowledge and experience noted! One never knows on a forum. I produce scripted audio outside ahead of time so have never come across this workflow issue. I'm curious, if this is a narration from a single mic, why is it not inherently a mono file to begin with?

Tim


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That's a good question, Tim. Though I have noticed that Camtasia does it automatically. I created dozens of videos using Camtasia 7 for a course I teach, and I aways edit the audio in Adobe Audition. Though Camtasia does not show the 2 waveforms you would see in an audio program (and most video editors, I should add), I always noticed that the narration file had 2 channels of audio as if it were a stereo file, which, as you say, makes little sense when using a single, non-stereo mic. I DO need it to be stereo for system audio, though, since much of the content in my courses literally teaches panning and stereo-related topics. So it's probably just easier for the program to have a single mode of recording audio - 2-channel/stereo - since system audio often has music and should be in stereo? Just guessing. 

The problem remains, however, that there seems to be no way to get inserted clips to come from "center stage." At least not that I can find. Like I said in the initial post, you can force audio from automatically inserted clips to come from the center by going into Audio tool and checking the box marked "Mix to Mono." 

Also, it seems that this is only an issue for folks trying to use good quality audio gear - such as a USB audio interface like the Focusrite Scarlett (and similar devices). I think it works fine if you use a lower quality mic plugged straight into your computer's sound card. But then you get low quality audio. Sigh.

I'll do some more experimenting and post back if I figure out how to fix it.

Cheers,

Ken
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Ken,

Stereo program audio makes sense overall, especially given the context of your audio topics. In regards to this defect, if the inserted narration was recorded in mono externally and then dropped onto a track it would completely sidestep this issue! That's my workflow every time:

Script -> AKG mic thru ART preamp into PC -> recorded into Sound Forge -> edited take played in SF while CS 8 records screen track -> audio inserted into CS 8 timeline track below video track -> editing session

I understand there are potentially some audio improvements on the horizon for CS; until then I really don't consider it to be an audio program unto itself. I've been using Camtasia for 12 years and love it; having said that, the audio options provided have been a secondary concern at best.

Regards, Tim

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Tim,

Yes. that would absolutely work, for sure. It just seems like such a large extra step that shouldn't be necessary. But I guess I'll do it that way from now on - at least until they fix the issue in Camtasia. 

Cheers!

Ken
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OK, I found the reason why the original workaround wasn't working - I had not separated the audio from the video in the inserted clip. Apparently, Mix to Mono (the workaround when sound only comes out of one speaker, assuming it isn't a physical problem with your system) only works on audio that has been separated from the video in a clip(?). Anyway, as soon as I separated them, Mix to Mono centered my narration.

Hope this helps someone else!

Ken
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That makes sense; the control (option) is designed to apply to a singular free-standing audio track, not an audio track that is still contained within the video track. With my workflow I'll never run into this but agreed it could help somebody out in the future.

Thanks for the extra effort to circle back and post the additional info!

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Sure, Tim. Don't like to leave things hanging:).

Cheers!

Ken

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