file name overlaythe audio wave in timeline

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Hello everyone,

I'm working with Camtasia to edit tutorials previously recorded and I've noticed something annoying when I'm editing and I was hoping it could maybe "get fixed" in later updates. As you can see in the print screen, there is an overlay of the file name on the audio track. The timeline's zoom is "full" and I still can't see the audio wave because the file name is centered right where the audio wave is! I've searched for options in the preference panel that could disable it, but couldn't find it.



I'm aware that Camtasia is not an audio editing software and it has quite advanced features even for a "simpler" software. But if you need to edit the audio from your recording, the person who's editing has to be able to at least visualize the audio wave. I would suggest the file's name appear on the bottom of the track, maybe that way it won't overlay the audio wave? In my humble opinion, that is.

Sincerely,
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maximize track height; that should help
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Hi Kyakman, thanks for the fast reply!

Yes, I tried that, but it didn't help because the part I should be able to see is still overlayed by the file's name.

I think there shouldn't be anything in the area where the audio wave is. Correct me if I'm wrong, but for example, in Adobe Premiere, Avid or even simple programs such as Open Shot or Filmora let the user/editor visualize the audio and that way the editing is much easier.

Is there anything else I could try? Any help is welcome.

Thank you!
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in edit menu/preferences, uncheck "mirror waveform"
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Thanks for the help Kyakman,

I did it and it helps in certain ways. But this isn't the solution I'm looking for because I would like the audio wave to appear centralized on the track, call me picky, lol!

I can try editing the audio with the wave at the bottom of the track. I'm not happy, though.

Thank you again! 
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I think if you try his suggestion, you'll find that it's actually easier to edit waveforms when they're not mirrored, since you can see them much better. Also, keep in mind that nobody is going to see the waveforms in the finished product, so what they look like is irrelevant to the viewer. For me, this is a case of "form follows function".

If you really must have them mirrored, un-mirror them for editing, then set them back to mirrored afterward. It's just a few mouse clicks and it will let you get your work done, which is the goal, correct?
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Hey bnystrom!

Yes, I'm aware that audio waves are not displayed on video unless you want them to :)

I actually needed them to be mirrored to edit, that's the way I work better. I work with editing in Audacity, Soundbooth, or even Premiere or Lightworks. I guess I just have to "adjust" to the way Camtasia "thinks", when it comes to editing :)

Thanks  ;) 
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Funny -- Roxio Sound Editor (useful for quick-and-dirty fixes) does not mirror, and I am happier with it that way.  I have Camtasia set not to mirror as my preference.  In contrast, I can't prevent Audacity from mirroring, and I find it annoying.  De gustibus non disputandum.
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Love your ending quote!
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I had to look that one up...but yeah!
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@ rg

For what its worth in this thread you can change from mirrored waveform to Half waveform in Audacity by Right-clicking on the vertical ruler and select Half Wave.




:)
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That's good to know; I'll definitely be using it in the future.
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Ah, The Continuing Secrets of Audacity!  Thank you.  This is REALLY helpful!
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This may be a bit off-the-wall, but perhaps you could rename the file with a single-character name (plus the file extension), then re-import it. Once it's on the timeline, expand the timeline as high and wide as possible to see the bulk of the waveform. Some of it would still be covered - 5 characters worth - but perhaps it will give you enough visible content to work with.

You might need to make a quick spreadsheet or doc to keep track of the full file names and the shortened versions.
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This is an option, yes, but in my case it doesn't help because I have over a dozen videos to edit :( renaming all of them just gives me more work, hehe

But thanks for the suggestion, anyway :) 
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another approach ...

if you're doing the recordings, another option is to start the recording but do nothing for a few seconds, then start to narrate, etc; that will leave space at the start so when the clip is on the timeline, the name will not cover the waveform, even when mirrored; when finishing editing, just cut out the dead space
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Oh...perfect world (lol!) I wish I was the one recording these videos. But the client sends me the recordings, and I have to work with what is presented to me. The "pause" you mentioned exists, but only at the beginning of the video :(  
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you could put frame extensions at the start of each clip; that should give you the space you need?
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In some cases, doing this helps :) 

Thank you for the help, Kayakman :) 
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you're most welcome