Combining audio and video into one timeline

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I have camtasia 8 for the mac, version 2.3.0. All my project have the video timeline and the audio timeline separated. I prefer to have them combined (as in the tutorials). How can I do that??

Thanks.
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Mike Robinson

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Logan S.

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Hey Mike,

Just to be sure, are you using Camtasia 8 for PC, or Camtasia 2.3 for Mac? I see you mention both, and I want to make sure we get you squared away with the version you are using! Thanks!
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Mike Robinson

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Sorry for the confusion. 2.3 for the Mac. Thanks.
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In Camtasia for Mac, when you add a piece of media that contains both video and audio to the timeline, it should be added as a single object with the video and audio combined. You can manually separate them if you want, but otherwise they will remain combined.

There is no way to combine an audio media with a video media. If they start out as separate objects, they will remain separate.

Is there a particular type of file that is not behaving as expected?
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Mike Robinson

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When I create a new recording, the audio and video start out separate. This makes is awkward to delete portions since you can only delete one timeline at a time.

In the tutorials shown for the Mac version, the new recording start out as combined into one timeline.

What am I missing here?
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When you record, you have the option of recording the screen, a web cam, system audio and your microphone. If you record all four, you will get two media on the timeline. The screen recording and system audio will be combined, and the web cam and microphone will be combined.

In the tutorials, they are just recording the screen and the microphone. If you only record a single video stream, and a single audio stream, they will be combined.
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Hi Mike,

Check out this tutorial: http://www.screencast.com/t/OZR75N1xPweI

It shows how to select (and delete) portions from:
- all tracks
- one tracks
- two or more tracks

As far as the media on different tracks: Since Camtasia can record four sources of media (screen video, camera video, mic audio, & system audio) it pairs those on the timeline, like Stephen mentioned.

Camera video gets paired with microphone audio, and screen video gets paired with system audio. So, if you record just the camera and mic or just the screen and system audio, you'll only see one track--which you can separate. However, if you only record screen video and mic audio, they will be on different tracks.

Does that help? Did I answer everything?

Conan.
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The last part there ("However, if you only record screen video and mic audio, they will be on different tracks.") isn't exactly accurate.  In my experience, this is how elements are combined relative to what is being captured/recorded:

Screen + Mic = 1 track with both elements
Webcam + Mic = 
1 track with both elements
Screen + Mic + System Audio = 2 tracks, 1 with Screen & System Audio and another with Mic & Webcam
Screen + Mic + Webcam = 2 tracks, 1 with Screen and another with Mic & Webcam
Screen + Mic + Webcam + System Audio = 2 tracks, 1 with Screen and System Audio and another with Mic & Webcam

I didn't cover all of the possible combinations, but who is really going to record just Webcam + System Audio, Screen + System Audio, or Screen + Webcam?
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Conan,

Perfect. Stephen's comment along with your explanation has made everything crystal clear. Thanks for your help.

Best wishes,
Mike

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