Need to be able to set audio clip volume with a numeric entry.

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It would be great if Camtasia allowed me to tweak the volume of audio clips by entering a numeric value instead of having to try to grab an audio point and drag it up and down.  Dragging like this causes the volume level to "jump" between large percentage differences (133% directly to 156%, for example).  I know that I can improve the performance of the dragging by increasing the height of the audio track, but that still does not perform at the level I need.  What if I need to set the volume at exactly 147%? 

I produce training videos for our software clients and some of my videos have a fun/entertaining/humorous aspect to them.  I am sometimes layering a music track, a narration track, and two sound effects tracks on top of each other.  I really need to be able to tweak the volumes of those tracks to within a percentage point.

Thank you for considering this feature request.
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Josh Holnagel, Employee

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Hi Scott,

Thanks for the feedback. I sometimes struggle with this as well. Can you clarify something for me, though?

Do you want to be able to enter a numeric value that sets the level of the entire piece of media? Or are you talking about adding additional audio points and then numerically setting the value of the section between two audio points? Both cases, possibly?

Again, thanks for taking the time to post your idea.

-Josh 
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Josh ... I agree with Scott. It is really difficult at time to set the volume visually ... to me ... there should always be a value. If I may add  my 2 cents ... Could we have it where I can select a audio point, audio segment (between 2 points), an audio clip (where all the point of the clip can be adjust globally), and overall (where all the audio is adjusted) ... having them be adjusted not only visually but also by value?

I hope that makes sense.

Thanks for listening (pardon the pun)
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No offense taken. I myself am quite particular about my narration. In fact, for our more "polished" tutorials, I record and edit most of my audio separately in Audacity and then import it into Camtasia to sync up with the video.

Thanks again for the details.     
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I agree with you both 100%. Typing in  a value would be much easier.
Are you aware that you can drag to resize the audio track very tall and get some fairly accurate volume adjustments by doing so?
Regards, Joe
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Yes, I do that, and that helps some.  But, to my way of thinking, it's tedious and time-consuming, and still doesn't produce the results that being able to enter a value would.  This is all especially true when, like me, you might often be mixing four audio tracks stacked on top of each other.
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I just thought I'd bring it up. Some people are  probably not aware of that feature.
The lack of a levels meter in Camtasia is a serious shortcoming as well.

I do all my audio work in Adobe Audition. If I add narration. I record it using the Camtasia editor. It's easier to time the narration to the video without a lot of extra editing steps. Then I clean it all up in Audition. 
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Good reminder Joe ... until they add the audio value.

Josh, i use Audition to clean the audio up. I then bring it into Camtasia. I have a professional VO person read for me, he sends me the file, I clean it up, and I sync it with the video. 
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Josh, definitely both cases.  Many of my audio clips are "divided" into "sections," using audio points, so that I can mix the various stacked audio tracks throughout the project.
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Thanks to you both!
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BTW, I love the whole audio points concept.  That part of Camtasia is super.  I just really need to be able to right-click on an audio point and set a specific numeric value instead of dragging.
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Josh, I do extensive editing of all my audio tracks, in Audacity, before importing them into Camtasia.  That shows you how important the audio is to me and also highlights how the current method for setting volume levels in Camtasia is the "weak link" in producing a great audio mix in a Camtasia project.
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I concur completely. For me one of the biggest weaknesses in Camtasia is the number of things that can only be set by clicking and dragging... oops, dragging back... oops, too far, drag again... etc, etc etc. This is definitely one of those things.
Everything should have the option of being specified by exact value. Ideally by scripting language as well as the GUI, but that's a different conversation. Oh well, maybe in Camtasia 9...
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Scott, what software did you use? the software I'm using is not good. can you advise me?




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