Easier Audio Points

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(This idea comes what we’ve heard here in this community as well as from other customer feedback methods we utilize. The feedback we gather here will help us gauge how well it fits our users’ needs. Please let us know what you think)

The Problem
When adding an audio point, it is difficult hit the audio level bar causing play head to move unintentionally
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David D, Technical Product Manager - Camtasia

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Posted 1 year ago

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DrivenMavens

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Actually...what would be nice is audio ducking. It's been a request for I think 5 years.  Why not implement it?
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Corbin

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How about adding easing to audio level adjustments along with this?
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Mal Reynolds

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Yes, audio needs to be easier to handle but this idea doesn't contain an intended solution so exactly what is it that we are supposed to be voting for here?

The obvious solution to the specific issue mentioned (which IS an issue) is to have customisable shortcut keys to apply the audio point instead of the oh-so-friendly clicky-clicky method.

However audio is a mess as it is and the problems go way beyond that. Like the fact that you have to put 4 audio points if you want to lower the volume for just one section, and the fact that you can't type the new volume level but have to play clicky-clicky draggy-draggy, overshoot and try again. Not until you get it right, just until you give up trying to. (And yes, audio ducking would handle a lot of those issues.)
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rmarkevitch

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Just adjusting the level alone is a big problem. Trying to match up levels on separate pieces of audio by dragging the green bar up and down requires super human fine motor skills!
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Jess Wilkinson

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Automated audio ducking is not the cure all here especially in noisy environments. The real issue starts with a GUI user interface model that is way too mouse motor skill intensive.  Try supplying a means to use a control key to allow pulling whole segment of audio levels down by indicated amount typically indicated in db (-12 to -18 db music track reduction is usually good for voice to music clarity.) Just auto ducking is ducking the root problem ;-)
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Mal Reynolds

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Great, but nobody is suggesting that it is the "cure all". It will make life easier than having to manually add an audio point (via clicky clicky on juuuuust the right spot), then add another audio point, then add a third autio point, then add a 4th audio point, then lower the middle section by clicky-clicky draggy-draggy, then repeat it for Every. Single. Occasion that you need the background track to shut up for narration. 

The root problem is that someone in at Techsmith has the mindset that "the mouse is always friendler". It isn't.

The audio points DO need a major overhaul but that includes simplifying the process of ramping audio tracks up and down. Audio ducking would be a useful adjunct to that and would handle the ridiculous situation that we currently have when needing to lower the background. 

Again, however, it comes back to the question of what exactly we are being asked to vote for here. Yes, the audio level handling is woeful, I'm sure that most of us could vote for that but the proposed solution is... what?
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David D, Technical Product Manager - Camtasia

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Official Response
We've updated the status of this idea to Under Consideration.

We'll have our designers look into improving the usability of audio points. We'll post any updates on that topic here.
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daniels012

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I have to add y two cents to this!  Audio is so important in a video and Camtasia just does not do a good job with this.  Please add where we can add our own percent if we cannot move the green bar.
Thank you