It is far too difficult to record a voiceover

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I was able to find "how to record a voiceover" in the help files, but it is far too difficult.

First, let me clarify what I want to do: I want to record a new audio recording, that will be played back at some point in the video, and I want to play back the old video along with a heavily muted old audio (muted to avoid feedback).

What I found was "How to replace the audio". The description there was:

1. In the editor, click the Record button or select File > New Recording.

2. Disable the Screen option.

3. Click Record and begin recording the new audio. To view the screen video while recording audio, click the minimized Camtasia project in the dock. Click the Play button to play the video on the timeline while recording the new audio.

-- Alright, the first problem. Camtasia does not minimize the project into the dock.

Second problem: In reality you have to put the playhead to an earlier time point so your get an advance notice of when your new audio will go in, so you can synchronize what you say to what's on screen.

4. To trim the audio clip to only the portion you need, drag in the ends of the audio clip.

--- Which is really confusing -- as far as I can tell, doing this recording puts a new audio media icon on the left side, but you can't do anything with it until its in the timeline.

You can't review it in its own window, or anything like that.

5. Control-click on the original recording, and select Separate Video and Audio.

6. Select the section of the original audio that you want to replace by holding Shift while dragging on the timeline.

-- Or have already split the segment. Shift and Drag select is a horrible design -- how do you make sure you get exact accuracy? You can not.

7. Press the Delete key.

8. Drag the new audio clip into the space where the original audio was located.

Ok, so what's wrong with this? It's too complicated.

Based on this, how would I add in a voiceover?

1. Split the clip where I want the voiceover.
2. Add an audio effect to mute 75%.
3. Put the playhead to the left (earlier)
4. Select record
5. Press play
6. Wait for the playhead to get to where I want to voiceover.
7. Press record, and hope I time it just right.
8. Speak my voiceover, watching the pacing of the playback compared to the length of the silenced clip
9. Hit stop.
10. Adjust the mute sound effect property so that both voiceover and original can be heard at the proper level.
11. Have a mousepad click at the start and end that I can't do anything about.

What would I want?

Have the ability to record while the video is playing as a built-in. Have volume muting be automatic -- and smart adjusting of the level -- or have some sort of "echo cancellation" so that it won't add the same audio feedback in. Have an easy way to indicate "start" and "done" -- perhaps a single keystroke.
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** AND IT DOESN'T EVEN WORK **

As soon as it gets to where I want the new voiceover to be, and I hit "record", I get "Please wait", or something like that -- it cannot record when I want. It cannot be told to prepare itself to record -- just like starting up a screencast it will not set up and go into standby/pause mode, it will set up, take however long it will take (unpredictable) and then immediately start recording when it wants to.
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Yeah, a sorely missed feature, one that is a GIVEN in video editing. C'mon Techsmith, even old Qiucktime 7 (pro) can do this.
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Are you looking for the voice narration feature?
This records just audio while your project plays back.
Ideally you should be using headphones so you don't pick up the old audio in your mic.

I'm just confused why you would record video as well if all you want is audio.

That said I record all my narration in Audition, so I am not to sure how well voice narration will work for your case...but it should be a lot better than what you outlilned.
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I think what the OP is saying, and what I also wish to do, often, is to either correct a small part of some audio that was already recorded with the video, or embellish video that had no audio.

This should be integrated into the editor window; set the in point, hit record, and make a new audio track WHILE viewing the video in the timeline.

It shouldn't require using a second tool (the standard recording window, but turning video off) to do this in Camtasia. At least, it shouldn't if they are serious about video editing tools, especially when they target the Instructional Video market.

Here's hoping they add this important feature soon.
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Hi All,

Sorry you are having trouble with this. If I understand your issues correctly, I think you are looking for the Voice Narration feature, which is different from the regular Camtasia Recorder.

Just as you suggest above, first place the playhead at the time you would like the new audio narration to start. Then:

1. Look for the "More" tab (see this image: http://screencast.com/t/HjTDmAe7JtO) and select "Voice Narration".
2. Click "Start Recording" (you can even mute the speakers while recording).
3. A dialog will ask you to save your .WAV file.
4. Your audio will automatically be placed on the timeline, and you can edit appropriately from there.

Hope this helps!
-Josh
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Thanks for the help, Josh.

Unfortunately, I am using your bastard child Camtasia 2 for Mac. The Voice Narration feature has not yet been added, like many, many features that are in the Windows version.

Now, Camtasia 2 is certainly better than 1, and I am enjoying it; I just wish your programmers could make the Mac version the same.

Just now, I was hoping to use this elusive Voice Narration, and I was going to thank you so much for pointing it out. Sadly, I can only give you my disappointment.
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Sorry for the mix up. I should have realized this was a Camtasia Mac issue by some of the commands the OP referenced.

Thanks for your feedback. The developers do see and consider these requests. I suggest adding your "+1" to this feature request thread:
http://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmi...

-Josh
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@ josh, @pgoski
Sorry, I should have added the version in the first place! My fault, there. I added my +1, so now there are.....3! Fingers crossed.....
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Lol, you never actually specified the version you were using :)
I had assumed it was the PC version.

I love unified development...my main software is developed concurrently for PC and MAC...it is awesome.

Sorry you don't have a better option at the moment. I know how that feels.
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I believe I'm going to run into the same problem. I am a brand new user trying to figure Camtasia 2.0 for Mac out. I have a project that I've recorded and then uploaded pictures to. I now want to delete the recording and re-narrate as I play the video with pictures but cannot find out how to do that.

I have deleted the main recorded track and just want to substitute a new one in as the video plays, but I followed the same directions above and nothing is recording. Is this a lost cause?

It would sure be convenient for me to upload my graphics first and record second, rather than vice-versa. If anyone knows a way to do this, can you share? Thanks.
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perhaps use the free app Audacity; its recordings work great with CS for Windows; maybe it will work for the Mac version
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The good news: months later, this is actually finally being noticed?

The better news: You're not getting rid of me now, I'm in the preview test program. (Or will be, gotta read and sign that NDA).

The bad news: You're not getting rid of me now, I'm in the preview test program. :-).
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Go get 'em, keybounce!!
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+1 for voice narration in Camtasia 2 Mac

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