Muting internal mike only while recording with a keyboard shortcut

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My main use for camtasia is to record presentations given using some teleconferencing technology (google hangout, goto meeting, skype, etc). I usually host these meetings but am not presenting myself. I do however lead the discussion once in a while. Henceforth I record both system audio and the built-in microphone to capture what's said remotely as well as my own voice.

However a lot of these sessions happen to be around lunch time. As a consequence either I go hungry or I accept hearing myself eating on the final video... I'd love it if camtasia could provide some keyboard shortcut for easily muting and unmuting recording of the local microphone.

Is there a good way to achieve this?
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Stefan Plantikow

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Paul Middlin, Employee

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That's a neat idea, but no right now there is not a way to do that.

Instead, mute your audio in the editor. You have all the control you need to bring your voice recording in/out at the right points, so you can chew as loudly as you want!
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Here is an example of how to mute a section of audio in the editor: https://www.screencast.com/t/VOTVoDb6gLR

Note: in this video I added keyframes by double clicking 
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Stefan Plantikow

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Won't this show up in the video that I'm recording (unless using a second screen or only recording a specific window)? Or do you mean after recording, when postprocessing?
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J.Fila, Employee

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This would all be done "post-production". So in other words you would mute the section in the editor after the recording was finished. Does that make sense?
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Stefan Plantikow

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It does, thanks. It does require me to do extra work though which is not ideal. I'm looking for a better solution. I'm barely interested in post-production for these videos (I usually just cut the beginning and the end), so having to go through the audio track costs me more time that I want to spend usually.
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J.Fila, Employee

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Right, that makes sense. Your suggestion of having a mute audio button would make that much faster. Adding a hotkey to mute a microphone seems like the best route for now. I wish there was a quicker way for you to accomplish this!
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i wish i could mute all the Mikes in my office... I'd also like to mute the John's, Jill's and Dianne's.

if you are trying to mute the "mic" most laptop keyboards or 3rd party keyboards have a mic mute button.  my dell laptop does, and so does my microsoft keyboard.
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i bet you could also setup a windows hotkey to disable it
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Stefan Plantikow

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I'm not on windows but yes, using some third party tool could work.
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davemillman

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There is a simple solution: Dial into the web conference from a telephone and use mute button on the phone.
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Not sure if this would work for you or not but when you have the CS 9 Recorder up and running and you selected your mic and set the audio level would it be possible to just move the slider for that down all the way to left which would then not let you hear your voice and when you are done eating or whatever move the slider back up and it kind of works like a mute for the mic. I know this is not an ideal solution but I tried it and it worked alright for me. I am using two Monitors so the CS 9 Recorder is on the monitor I am not recording. If you are using just one monitor then it would show up in the video temporarily but you could edit that out but it may also effect your video too. Just an idea to consider. I personally use an Analog Mixer Board and record into a digital audio recorder so I can just mute my mic through the mixer board in my audio setup. In the near future I plan to make some videos on how I have this all setup. Let me know if this works for you as a temporary fix or not and hope it is useful information. Thanks - Fred G.