Custom fitting video to separate audio

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I create how-to instructional videos. Whereas the video is captured using Camtasia, the audio is recorded separately from a script with its own timing. This means the video needs to be shortened in some parts and stretched in others to fit the audio. The Audio timing cannot be changed. The video must conform to the audio

As you can imagine this can be a laborious process.

Can anyone suggest some guide, tricks, or best practices for reducing the pain of this kind of work?

Thank you in advance!
Don
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donald.macfarlane

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kayakman, Champion

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to edit the video to match the audio ...

split off sections of the video that match audio sections; use clip speed adjustment to change video segment duration to match audio segment duration

if the audio is narration while the video is static, use frame extensions on the video to stretch it to match the audio
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Joe Morgan

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Myself,
I pause the recording.
Read a few lines out loud until I'm speaking in the same even tones as the rest of the recording.
Performing the actions described in perfect harmony with my voice.
Depending on what I'm doing, I'll either pause, Rinse and Repeat.Or save and move on to the next recording.

This approach creates other challenges. Cursor position is not retained when you save a recording or have made an error while recording.
I record short segments with cursor position in mind.

Its not for the faint of heart.
Requiring practice.
Command of the subject is key. You need to be proficient and smooth.
If its a topic you're unfamiliar with. If someone else created your script. I wouldn't attempt it.

Bottom line, if the video requires a lot of editing. Extending frames, speed it up, slow it down. Replace audio segments.
Accompanied with other actions like......... Put your left foot in Your left foot out Your left foot in And shake it all about. Do the hokey pokey And turn yourself around.
Thats editing in a nut shell.
Less is more, reducing time invested is the game. How you get there is a learned skill.

For what its worth.
Regards,Joe

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Thanks for the suggestion Joe. I used this and found it to make the process a little easier, although I did have a tough time figuring out what you meant at first.