Help w/ Selecting Parts of a Background Music Track

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Hi!

I am using (1) Camtasia Studio 8.6.0, (2) Power Point 2010, and Audacity 2.1.2. These tools run under Windows 7 Pro, 64-bit, Service Pack 1.

I have a Camtasia Project w/ three tracks: (1) images (in separate files), (2) voice (in separate files), and (3) background music (in one file). There is no voice associated w/ some of the images.

I raised the volume of the entire voice track and I lowered the volume of the entire background music track to 33%.

I now want to raise the volume of the background music track to 50% but only where there are images w/ no voice associated w/ the images.

How do I do it?

Thank you!

Dr. T



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David B. Demyan

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1. Right-click the audio track you want to "dip."
2. When the green line and highlight appear on the track, right-click again near where you want the dip.
3. Select "Add Audio Point." These points can be moved up or down individually on the audio level.
4. Repeat the above until you have enough points to create the adjustment you want.
5. Hover the section you want to dip and drag it down to the percentage level volume you think sounds right.
6. Have fun! You are now an accomplished audio track mixer in Camtasia.

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Dear dbdemyan.

Thank you for your reply!

To segment the Background Music, I had to add 2 Audio Points at the beginning of the segment and 2 Audio points at the end of the segment. Then I could raise the volume of the entire segment.  Right?

To select the volume, I moved the cursor up and down.  Is there a way to make the mouse movement more sensitive to be able to pinpoint the exact volume?

Dr. T

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There is a easier way to add the points to a segment.

With the audio track selected and in audio edit (It will be green)
Make a selection with the playhead of the area you want to adjust the volume.
Then hover the mouse over the audio line until you get the double headed arrow.

Click and drag up to increase the volume down to decrease the volume.

When you click it will auto add the four points.




Double click on the grey part of the playhead to de-select the section.

Click and drag the bottom points along the volume line to create a fade in and fade out.

You would have something like this



Having it fade in will make it so the music just doesn't like BAM, blast you listeners.

As far as a way to make the mouse movement better I don't know of any.

Dubie
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You can raise the track height a Country Mile.

Just hover your cursor over the top of the track and drag upward.



The increesed track height makes it easy to adjust volume levels incrementally.

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That'll work.

What you can also do is make a selection like above and hover till the double head arrow and click to set the four points. Don't click and drag.

With the playhead selection still there use the Volume up or down buttons



Then after adjusting the volume set the bottom fade points like above.


Dubie
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You can, but theres nothing incremental about using the up and down volume buttons.

the Down volume button jumps levels down to 80%, then 64%,50%, 40%,30 ? It's hard to get the exact reading because you have to move the line a hair to get the volume level reading to appear.

Volume up jumps much faster. It's also much harder to control with the cursor.
125% then,160%, 206%,236%.

I ran these tests just now,In case your wondering.

I never cared for the volume buttons myself. It's to big of a jump to be practical.There's no modifier key I'm aware of, to tone down the adjustment.

If you have to grab the timeline handle to hit the volume sweet spot. Tapping away on the volume buttons first is a waste of time.
That's the way I looked at it.
Now I do all my audio work in Adobe Audition.
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We all have our favorite ways to edit audio. I prefer precise controls, so I tend to look for ways to control individual segments. For real precision, I export the audio tracks individually to Audacity or Audition and remix there. It takes time, but for audio precision, you can't beat this approach. It also simplifies your track management in Camtasia and better supports a team approach (making an audio engineer do it :-))

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I agree. I do all my audio editing in Audacity.

As you said, better precision and better quality results.

I know how to use the audio tools in Camtasia but I rather take the time to edit audio out of Camtasia because the audio tools in Camtasia for me never give the results I want or need.

Dubie
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