Convert Stereo to Mono in Camtasia Studio

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Camtasia for Mac added a "Mix to Mono" feature in version 2.5.

+1 to vote for implementation of this feature in Camtasia Studio.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Convert mono to stereo in order to play in both speakers..


Can I (or how can I) convert a mono audio track (right speaker only) into a stereo track that flows through both speakers?
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Neal Culiner

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I need this feature "yesterday".  How can you provide Camtasia for Win that has audio only on one side?  I'm no expert at this, I use both my Mac and Windows to do Camtasia recordings of my software products for tutorials.  I use a M-Audio mic (awaiting on my heil pr40) and a USB preamp.  The Mac side saved the day so I can convert to mono but Windows doesn't have this and needs it desperately.  Or, provide us guidance on how to record audio using Camtasia such that it is not coming out only on the left speaker.

Thank you.

Neal Culiner
NC Software, Inc.
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It is strange that this feature is not implemented the same way as it is on the MAC platform.
I use a Steinberg CI2 USB interface for my AKG microphone, which like most XLR microphones is mono only.
I had hoped I could use the Tools-Options-Inputs-Audio Setting to select mono recoding. But that button is greyed out.
A simple merge feature or option to copy one audio channel to the other channel would help a lot.
Now I have to File-Produce Special-Save Audio as, and do the merge with an external tool (I use Adobe Auditiotion for that). And then Import Media back to Camtasia.
Unnecessary and time consuming steps.

I'd really like to see this little feature in the Windows version soon!
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Neal Culiner

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I think this is a major bug that renders Camtasia 8.4 for Windows essentially useless.  I look forward to hearing from Techsmith on this issue.
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Thomas O'Duffy

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Team @ Techsmith,

I like your software, but considering the use cases for Camtasia and it's premium price, I'm AMAZED that you've omitted this feature.  

Right now, if I use a mono mic, it gets recorded on the left channel only.  This means I can't use Camtasia without doing post production in another video editor, and recompressing compressed videos tends to reduce final output quality.  For a tool that is supposed to save time, this just makes the whole workflow silly. 

If you had someone inside your team who was really interested in great sound, you'd never have made this choice, BECAUSE, the best sound requires a high quality microphone and  high quality audio interface - and that will usually involve an XLR connection that offers phantom power.   The vast majority of high quality microphones output in mono, which means that, when recorded in stereo by default within your software, they get mixed to the left channel, not a centre channel (i.e. mixed to stereo).  

Thus, it is not possible to use Camtasia Studio with a high quality XLR microphone that produces a decent signal to noise ratio - i.e. is intended to pick up your voice versus all the ambient sound of a room - that outputs in mono.  

Please fix this ASAP because good screencasts require good sound.  

ALSO:  If there is enough demand for the lower priced Mac version that you've implemented this already, why not just add it to the development timeline for Windows, instead of making us ask for it.   Whoevers idea that was is paying too much attention to process instead of just using common sense.  If users on any platform have clarified why this is important, and you didn't get this right in much earlier versions, you should implement it cross platform immediately.  
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Jessie O'Donnell, Influencer Relations Coordinator

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Hi Thomas,

We appreciate you taking the time to add your thoughts on this feature. Camtasia teams for both Windows and Mac development have a common goal of reaching feature parity, but it will take some time before that transition is complete.

Please keep an eye on this thread for future developments. I am very sorry for the inconvenience this has caused in your workflow. Please let us know if you have any other feedback or questions for us.

Jessie
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Henning Gustavsen

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I ́m using Camtasia for Mac a lot and I really miss the library that you find in Camtasia Studio. I hope you can add this to a new updated version of Camtasia for Mac. 
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W. Lemaire

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Just adding my vote to this issue, I too need the stereo to mono thing! Or the ability to copy one channel to both, whatever...
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icnatejackson

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Another vote to add this feature.  Need to be able to pan audio channels and/or control volume of left and right channels separately.

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I just purchased Studio 8.4 because I am recording and publishing a lot more live presentations and speaking engagements. I use a top of the line Cannon Rebel T5i and a VidPro XM-55 Shotgun Microphone which produces fantastic clean sound.
 
The challenge is when I export a .mp4 and upload it to YouTube the sound will not play on a "smart phone" because of how the audio was translated.
 
Translation = without additional editing Camtasia 8.4 videos recorded using high end equipment are "NOT" mobile compatible when exported with Camtasia 8.4 and uploaded to YouTube which is a problem since the stats show:

- Online video now accounts for 50 percent of all mobile traffic and up to 69 percent of traffic on certain networks. (Bytemobile Mobile Analytics Report)

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eMarketer expects 4.55 billion people worldwide to use a mobile phone in 2014. Smartphone Users Worldwide Will Total 1.75 Billion in 2014.

- 92 percent
of mobile video viewers share videos with others. (Invodo)

- Mobile and tablet shoppers are three times as likely to view a video as laptop or desktop users. (NPD)

- Globally, online video traffic will be 55 percent of all consumer Internet traffic in 2016. (Cisco)

- Consumers give up on an online video if it doesn’t load in two seconds. (University of Massachusetts Amherst and Akamai Technologies)

So, video needs to be fast and efficient as well as have sound when viewed on mobile devices. It is never a great solution when you have to jump through hoops or use an external program when competitor programs take care of this "out of the box".

You can't imagine my surprise when I realized that this has been discussed for over 2 years and has been integrated on the Mac side but is still not available on the Windows side???

One would have to ask a couple of questions in light of mobile devices taking over desktop/laptops... What does Techsmith not like "Windows Video Creators" or "Mobile Smart Phone Video Viewers" to not have already solved this well identified issue?

This needs to be a TOP Priority in development!

Unless that is you do not believe the Smart Phone mobile viewing trends...

** Admittedly, I am being a little harder with this request because it should have already been fixed 10+ months ago...
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Also, I can not believe that there are only "7" votes for this enhancement so far when I see hundreds of users talking about this "literally all over the Internet"...
 
Must be a keyword problem. Let's see if we can fix that:
 
how to fill right audio with camtasia 8
how to fix mobile audio not playing in camtasia 8
mobile audio not playing on YouTube with video exported from camtasia
no mobile audio from uploaded camtasia video
mobile audio not playing on camtasia video
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It does appear to be a phase issue from a mono source split into an out of phase stereo pair when recorded. With headphones or speakers you don't notice it, but when a Smart Phone recombines the two to play out of it's mono speaker you get the unrecognizable garbling. Most people are fixing this in other software by deleting either the right or left channel and then center panning it to solve the problem.
 
My challenge is that I expected this capability to exist in 8.4 when I purchased it. If I can not do this in Camtasia 8.4 how should I approach this problem to fix it?
 
It would be acceptable for the time being to have a step by step process to do this manually - i.e.

Step #1 - Export the Audio as a .mp3 (with the following bit rate)
Step #2 - Use XXX program and...
Step #3 - Import the audio file back into your project and manage as you would any other file

Problem temporarily solved - we are working on integrating this into the software...

Is this possible?
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I'm not sure if you know but you can use a program such as Adobe Audition CC2014 to take the WAV file from Camtasia and with one click convert t a mono recording.
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I'd like to add my voice to have this feature on v 8.4 for PC. The hassle to export audio and convert in another program to mono in order to hear out of both left and right channel is not something that should have to be, considering the price of the Camtasia software.
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I would like to see this in Camtasia, but it's just not a high priority for me at this time. Most of the projects I produce don't seem to cause issues. There are a handful, however, that require more audio editing features than Camtasia contains. At that point, I pull the audio out to Audacity. All-in-all, Camtasia audio editing capabilities are "good enough" for me.
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Hi,
I need this "feature" very urgent!! But I think it is not a feature. It should be included normally as a function. Even freeware can put my mono signal out on both speaker!! Why is camtasia not able only to put my mono-signal out on both speaker?!
This thread is 11 month old! What a shame...
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I've got a FIX!!!!!! Soooo frustrating. But I got it to work without having to edit the audio later. The only way you can get this to work is by switching the recording format from trec to AVI, which disables a TON of the really cool features that make Camtasia so great (Keyboard strokes, webcam, mouse), but frankly, this audio problem is soo frustrating, I'd rather sacrifice those features... Here's what you need to do:

  1. From Camtasia Recorder, go to the Tools menu and click Options.
  2. Under the General tab, switch the "record to" dropdown to ".avi"

  3. Then, switch over to the Inputs Tab. Make sure whichever audio device you are using is correctly selected in the "Audio Device" dropdown menu. For some reason, the audio quality defaults to the lowest setting, so we need to change that. Then click on "Audio Settings".

  4. A window will pop up titled "Audio Format". Click the "Attributes" drop down menu, and scroll down to the highest setting you can find. (Each computer will be different) Mine was 43 kb/sec. The most important part is to make sure you select a MONO setting, not Stereo. 

  5. Click ok until all menus are closed, then test a recording. In lieu of thanking me, can we all continue to pester TechSmith to get this fixed so we don't have to lose a bunch of features just to have audio come out of both speakers? All they need to do is add a feature in the Studio that converts an audio track to mono. That's it! 
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Hey! so my camtasia recorder crashes everytime try this. any ideas on why?
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+1 - Camtasia needs a convert to mono button for the audio source..  (Using VST EQ and Compression plugins would be great too!)
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I had this issue, so I just decided to record with Adobe Audition. I turned off the sound recording on Camtasia and WOW my audio sounds so much better and it's mono.  After recording I just exported the mp3 from Audition and imported into Camtasia, synced up the audio and video.  For me I recorded my screencast using my web cam as well, so I just clapped my hands and matched the spike in audio to the visual.  If you don't want the webcam recording just delete it after you sync.  I'm glad I had this issue because from now on I'm going to use Adobe Audition, the sound quality is way better.
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Team @ Techsmith, do you have a timeline for implementing this yet? Please make sure your head of product / product team sees this... I'd like to understand their rationale for excluding this????

I'm familiar with lean startup / customer validation approaches but I witness you focusing *too much* on process instead of customer realities and what makes sense when it comes to using your product and getting value.

IMO, in a mature expensive product thats primary purpose is "capturing screenrecordings with voice-overs then edit that efficiently" limiting us to stereo microphones (which are the wrong type of mic for most voice-overs) is NONSENSICAL. If we use a mono mic, as it stands, your product forces a silly workflow where we can't even edit within the interface with audio centered. This is NUTS.... an omission that is literally a "friction-point" that inhibits professional customers (who want great sound for voice-overs using normal mono microphones) from getting value from your product. If you need proof, look at all the work arounds you've forced people to find, like recording audio separately and syncing it, or re-rendering the output in another video editor that lets us mix left channel to middle. And if you look carefully, you'll find many tutorials on youtube where the voice comes out of one channel only.

As part of this, I can't fathom why you imagine preferences for "production principles" are platform specific (i.e. you guide us to vote again for something uber obvious for PC thats been requested so much you've implemented it on MAC already, when feature dependent production principles are usually platform agnostic). Why make us jump through hoops to get something so obvious for getting good quality voice-overs via PC that we should never have had to ask?

I want to use Camtasia for various purposes now.... I don't want to use a low quality usb stereo mic microphone that pics up loads of background noise or a low quality usb headset. I'd rather not have to waste time on the export part or edit with audio on one side only. Please can you tell us when this feature omission will be fixed, so I can plan accordingly?
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Matt Donley

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Thomas, you hit the nail on the head. EXACTLY how I feel!!!!
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Hi,
for the SAMSON G-Track USB-Microphone I could solve the problem with recording sound only at the left side in Camtasia (the problem is the Windows Sound Recorder! not Camtasia) by selecting it in the Windows-Soundtool and not in Camtasia.



and then select mono (1 Kanal...) instead of the standardsetting stereo "2 Kanal..."



From now on, recording in Camtasia comes from both sides of speakers or headset.
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Hans J. Nuecke

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This might work for many/most Windows users, and I'm surprised nobody came up with this idea before (blame on us ;-).
But not every driver allows to select a 1 channel option.
I'm using a Steinberg CI2 device, And that driver does not allow changes.

So I still think this is something Techsmith/Camtasia should handle! 
It cannto be that difficult; on MAC/OSx it is supported since many months at least!
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Official Response
'Mix to Mono' is available in Camtasia Studio 8.4.4, which was released yesterday.
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Hans J. Nuecke

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Wow! A perfect solution; just a single click.
It took a while, but I'm very happy that this is finally solved in a perfect way!
Thanks for the heads up