insert a pause in the audio

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Is there a way to insert a pause of a couple of seconds into the audio track while holding (stretching)  the video frame?

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Logan S.

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Hey Toonbon,

By insert a pause, are you looking to just insert silence? A silent pause? Also, which product are you using?
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I'm using Camtasia Studio  8.3.

The situation is that I'm making a video where I'm covering Topic A, Topic B, Topic C, etc. and somehow with my editing I've ended up jumping immediately from Topic B into Topic C, where there should be a pause of a couple of seconds where the listener can reflect on what was just said, before focusing on Topic C.  During this pause I want the video to be the last frame of Topic B.

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Hi there

I would think you would position the playhead at the point where the pause should occur, then split the video. Drag the remainder of the video so you introduce a two second gap. Then right-click the first segment of the video and choose to Extend the frame. Drag it to fill the gap.

Cheers... Rick :)
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Oh, and about the audio. Here is a technique to know about.

Any time you record audio, when things are "quiet", there is still what we call "white noise" present. So it's a good habit when recording to wait perhaps one or two seconds before commencing with action and narration. This provides a small segment you may later isolate and save out in order to "splice in" to fill areas where there is no audio and users hear dead air.

Listening through some headphones, pure silence can be very distracting as the user is accustomed to hearing the white noise. Then suddenly, when the pure silence is heard, it's often like sticking a vacuum to your ears!

Just thought I'd toss that in.

Cheers... Rick :)
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Hi toonbon,

If you go with Rick's advice (thanks, Rick!) there are ways to subtly soften the effects of a harsh audio cut. You may find the Camtasia Studio Audio series videos helpful. Here are links to the first two videos (they're short):

http://www.techsmith.com/tutorial-camtasia-8-audio-basics.html
http://www.techsmith.com/tutorial-camtasia-8-cleaning-up-mistakes.html

The second video has a small section specifically for transitioning in and out of pure silence.

With all that said, it sounds like you might be able to get away with a fade (or other transition) at this point in your video. A simple fade through black or white between points B and C will keep you from having to extend the footage to cover your newly-inserted silence. Further, the transition might be a decent indicator to your viewers that one important thing has ended and another is beginning, if the points are are as separate as it sounds.

You can do this by splitting your video and pushing the second portion down the timeline a bit, then applying transitions to the end of the first clip and the beginning of the second clip.

Hope this helps!
-Josh    

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