Captivate user now learning Camtasia

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I ama brand new Camtasia user.  My previous development experience is with Captivate and the synthesized voices.  My typical workflow is to record the software demo first and then work the text to fit the flow of the procedures.  Now I am reading suggestions that tell me to write the script first and then record...am looking for suggestions on how to flip the process.
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travelintrish

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Naomi Skarzinski

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The way I work is to use the pause and resume keyboard shortcut extensively. I do a step in the screen capture recording, pause the recording, write what I just did, resume play, pause, write, etc. Once that process is done, I read through the script and tighten up the script for the spoken word. I then record my audio by reading the script, throw the video recording and the audio into Camtasia. and edit the video portion to the audio.
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I like Naomi's workflow and I'll give it a try on my next video. 

I haven't found the idea of recording the audio first to work well, as I inevitably forget something in the script. Once you start re-recording, especially if you have to do it on separate days, you get into differences in your voice (at least I do). Recording audio is best done is one session, in order to maintain voice consistency.
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This has been my experience too, with recording audio in multiple sessions.

I've even seen differences in sound when recording new audio in Camtasia, moments following the original capture session, mostly due to levels not matching... so you'd need to be careful to adjust levels between clips from different sessions before applying any other processing.

My preference is to record video and audio at the same time, and if I need to make a correction, just "keep the tape going", and do the retake, then edit out the mistakes later.

Whether you do that, or use the pause/resume keys.... don't be moving the mouse cursor around until you are recording again!!  ;-)
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travelintrish

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Thanks...Do you use Camtasia or another audio recording device / app?

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Naomi Skarzinski

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I record my audio in Adobe Audition, completely separate from the Camtasia video recording I am doing of the screenshare. I don't worry about having any audio when I am recording the screenshare. I'm only interested in being accurate in each of the steps, writing the script as I go along. Finessing the script.  Doing the audio recording in Audition in one long take, edit the audio in Audition, save the file, put it into Camtasia.

If I ddidn't have Audition, then I would use the free Audacity for recording.
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travelintrish

the suggestions above are all excellent

since you are new to Camtasia, perhaps this tutorial might be helpful ...

Kayakman's Screencasting Best Practices
http://www.screencast.com/t/BBnRZSJMo8e