Is it possible to suppress playback of some of the tracks when recording from camera?

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In Camtasia Studio 8, I really like the flexibility I get from the new unlimited tracks feature. However, this is sometimes too much when I am recording a new track from my webcam that has to be combined with the existing tracks.
So - when recording from camera, is there a way to suppress some of the existing tracks from playback? Or at least suppress the audio part?
(I currently work around the issue by deleting some of the tracks, then recording, and then importing the .wmv for the deleted tracks again - but then I also have to adjust the starting point to get them back in sync with the other tracks. It would be so much easier if I could just click an "exclude from playback" checkbox on the track.)
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one way to manage multiple audio tracks for flexable playback is to put the separate tracks in Library, then delete them from timeline; restore from Library as needed
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Another option is you can separate the audio and video tracks and then just mute the audio track.
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Many thanks for your replies!

@kurrykid: Sounds exactly like what I want. Except - I cannot find the option to mute an audio track. Searching the help gives me the option to silence a part of a track, but that appears to be permanent. And there is the option to mute playback during recording, but that mutes ALL audio. There is one audio track that I do still want to have in my headphone (required for the timing). The others distract me while recording. Maybe my original question didn't make that clear? Or is there indeed an option to selectively mute some of the audio tracks that I just need to find?

@kayakman: Is that not the same what I currently use as workaround? Granted, adding to and re-importing from the library is slightly easier than re-importing from the file system, but the actual pain of the process is having to synchronize the track with the other tracks every time I do this. For what I am currently doing, it is essential that all tracks are EXACTLY synchronized. (See also my other issue, at http://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmi...).
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I don't understand the sync issue?

if you send an audio track to Library as an asset, then bring it back in with playhead at t=0, everything should be in sync [unless you made edit cuts in between]

other techniques ...

select all media on tracts you don't want to hear, use cut, then replace via paste

select/move the unwanted audio off to the right so only new can be heard; move back when finished

also, when you silence a track, you can go back in [audio tab] and grab the bottom line at 0% and move it back up
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Ahh, the bliss of being unexperienced! ;)
Thanks for the pointer of how to undo the silencing action. I expected it to work as a toggle, but no matter how often I clicked that button .... So now I finally understand that comment in the help file about "Silence" preserving the wave form.
I have now played a bit with the option and found that:
1. I don't even have to separate audio from video; silencing works on a track that has both;
2. I don't even have to use the silence button, I can simply drag the volume level line down to 0% when needed;
3. I can use this to adjust volume for individual tracks. Has not come up yet, but might come in handy at times!

I still don't get the library method. As a resuult of synching the various elements, many tracks have the media start at a time later than t=0. I have not found a method to send a trackk to the library that includes the "empty" part at the start. Probably just another n00b oversight (just as with the silencing), but since I now already have an extremely convenient method to do what I want, I am happy.

Problem solved. Thanks for the help! ;)

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