How do you make Sound Waves bigger (without making the sound louder)?

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I am trying to edit the audio that goes along with my video. The sound waves are kind of small though and I am trying to delete fractions of a second worth of sound at a time.

Is there a way to make the sound waves on the time line larger (more size contrast between the quiet and loud sounds) so that I can see where a specific sound starts and ends more easily?

(the waves seem to be much larger in some projects then others, but sound like they are the same volume)
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Ryan O'Donnell

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Posted 8 years ago

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kayakman, Champion

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Try increasing size of the time line display; there is a grabable boarder to do this; Previewer will become smaller unless detached
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Hi Ryan,

We’ve made some changes in our latest version of Camtasia Studio (version 8.0.0) that will hopefully solve this issue for you.

We now allow vertical track resizing, along with zooming. Together, this should allow you to get a more detailed view of the waveforms that are being drawn, allowing for more precise edits.

Here is a quick video on how to resize the tracks.

Resizing Tracks

To try out a complete version of Camtasia Studio 8, free for 30 days, please head over here:
I hope that helps, any questions just let me know!

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I am having the same problem, and resizing does pretty much nothing. The waveforms go from nearly invisible to barely visible. I've loaded .wav files that were created last year with Camtasia 7 --which looked fine, but are barely visible in Camtasia 8.
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Hi Mark,

There is an option to mirror the waveform, so that it rests in the middle of the track and is easier to make out. It's in the Tools>Options menu. That is the first thing covered in this short audio tutorial (4:08) as well as some other tricks that make editing easier:

Hope that helps,
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is the audio file on the lowest track?

if not, move it to the bottom track [create a new empty one?]

set all tracks to minimum height, then increase the height if the bottom [audio] track

this often works for me

does that help?

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