Insert audio into the middle of a video

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I over-edited a piece of a video and am now missing one word in instructiosn: enter. I want to add that word to the existing audio and, I suppose, extend the video for a moment. I looked for a way to add to the audio only but did not find it. Is there an easier way to do this than splitting the timeline and putting the tiny recording I made of saying "enter"? I fear continuity problems, i.e., the screen recording for the tiny segment might not match exactly the screen appearance before or after it. Any suggestions? It appears that I cannot split until I separate audio and video. Is that correct? Why? I am using Camtasia 9 on Windows 10. Thanks.
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What you do is use the extend frame feature at the point you need to add that word.
Place the playhead and right click the video track, chose extend frame. It will be automatically extended 1 second.If the duration is to long you can trim it back.
Then you can use narration to record the word.

Regards,Joe
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Thanks for the steps to do this.
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If you already have a recording of the word "Enter," which it sounds like you do, you can extend the frame like Joe says and place the audio on a separate track above the existing video/audio track, over the extended frame.

If it were my video, I might record a couple words on either side of the missing word "Enter" and then silence the existing audio when I layered in the new audio, but perhaps one word will work for you. 
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I usually record an entire sentence or several words, while trying to emulate nuances in the original recording.
Its very difficult to do that with one word.
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Thanks for the suggestion. That sounds like a good idea. I do find it hard at times to get rid of very small bits of sounds.
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Thanks, David, for the idea.
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I extended the relevant piece of video and then tried to record narration. It seems to have not worked. I don't hear it and I don't see that the sound waves have been modified at all. I wonder what I'm doing wrong. Thanks.
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I've made a number of tutorials about doing voice narration; perhaps one or more might be helpful ? ...

Tutorials About Voice Narration
https://www.screencast.com/t/vbnTx00IgR
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Do you have the correct microphone selected?
When you speak do you see the green mic level meter rising/moving.


When you stop the narration.Are you saving the recording?
When saved it should be added to the timeline as a separate recording. It doesn't alter existing audio.
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Thanks for the extra information. I was thinking that the playhead should be at the point of the extended tracks. Then it would put the new audio over the extended video. So, I gather that's not how it works? Do I create the audio narration first, and it to the timeline, and then extend the video under it? Thanks.
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This was my imnpression from waticng https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTA6qOGogHg
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Here’s what I normally do. I zoom in very close/tight on the timeline so it’s easy to place the playhead where it needs to be. I place the playhead at the exact point that I want to insert my new audio.

I record the narration and save it. A lot of the time I don’t save the narration. Opting to do it over again until I’ve gotten it right.

When you save narration it’s placed on the timeline for you automatically. It’s also placed on the uppermost track. If you have so many tracks of media that the uppermost track is out of sight. Just know that that is where you’re going to find it.

There’s usually 1⁄2 a second or so of dead audio at the beginning of the narration. I start by trimming that off. Then reposition it to the playhead’s location.

From there, there are literally dozens of scenarios with regards to how to place that narration properly. It all depends on what’s on the timeline. What’s above and below the audio track you’re altering.All this will dictate what needs to be done. There is no one-off explanation for how to go about it.

Once the audio has been placed I may extend a frame if required.Or simply insert the new audio in place of the old.

There's far too many possibilities to cover easily.
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Thanks, Joe. Okay, I have a piece of narration in a track by itself on the timeline. I can't figue out how to delete a piece of the voice narration (empty space) without affecting what is on the other tracks. Do I need to extend the other tracks in order to be able to cut the ends off the voice narration? Thanks.
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Can you post a screen shot of the timeline with all tracks showing?
If I can see the situation at hand, that would be a great help. {:>)
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If I understand correctly what you're doing, Kenneth, you should just be able to click on the audio and crop it on the track by dragging the ends to make it smaller, the same as you would crop any other piece of media. The audio file itself won't be affected, but Camtasia will only use the part you display.

If all you have selected is that piece of audio, nothing else should be affected by the crop.