Noise removal in Camtasia 9 stinks! Is there a way to use the noise removal in Camtais 8 and then import to 9?

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The noise removal feature in Camtasia 9 is nowhere near as effective as Camtasia 8. In fact, it makes many of my clips sounds worse!  Does anyone know if we can record an audio clip in Camtasia 8, use 8's noise removal feature, and then import that clip into 9 without loosing the noise removal?

Any advice is appreciated!
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Naomi Skarzinski

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I've never used the Camtasia audio as I have found better quality with Audition. I have the Adobe CC Suite.  I used to use Audacity and I know many people use it and are quite satisfied.  The great thing about Audacity is it's free!  http://www.audacityteam.org/
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suggest you try using the noise reduction in free Audacity; it works great

I just export my audio out of Camtasia as a WAV file, open it in Audacity, apply NR, export as a WAV, them import the WAV into Camtasia and silence original audio

for me, works like a charm

https://www.screencast.com/t/Jr2MD9t6f2
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Rick Stone

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From Camtasia Studio 8 you should be able to click File > Produce Special and export the audio as a WAV. Then you could import the WAV you exported from Camtasia Studio 8 into Camtasia 9.

Cheers... Rick :)
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Thanks for the advice, Rick. I just tried it and (knock on wood!) it worked perfectly! I'm still disappointed that we have to use a work-around after paying for the Camtasia 9 upgrade, however!  Thanks again!
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LOL, sometimes the definition of an upgrade is: Replace old bugs with new ones! ;)
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Dustin Smith

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You can always separate the audio and video tracks in 9 and export the audio track out as an MP3... then you can open 8 and have your way with the audio track to get it the way you want it... the possible challenge is that 9 wants the m4a audio format and I'm not sure if it recognizes mp3 so you may have to convert the edited mp3 to WAV or m4a to get it back on the original audio track.... I learned the hard way that if you're using a different audio recording tool, record it as a WAV file... C9 does not really like MP3 format at all... you get skipping and lots of other chatter.
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I used it the first time the other day.
You have to play with the settings, do not let it do everything for you.
It will make you sound like a barrel talker.

In my case, for an example.

Gain = 100%
Sensitivity = 0
Amount = 20

This is what I use, and it seems to do a pretty good job.
If you do not have a lot of background interference, then these settings should be good for you.
Although, you will have to edit them as well.
Just tested it with a little hum from my computers, and it did a darn good job.
It got rid of the hum, compared to the other tracks.
So, right now, there is one segment without a hum, and the rest with a hum. :)

Good Luck
Wayne
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I couldn't find a way to change the default settings but if you add the Noise Removal and then edit the properties you will find the sensitivity and amount settings that are mentioned above.
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Interesting observation! I just looked inside the app bundles of both Camtasia 2 mac, and Camtasia 3 mac, and it looks like they've moved away from using iZotope's Noise reduction component.

For those not from the audio industry, iZotope is a company that specializes in audio 'restoration' and their software is used in television production, hollywood films, etc. They won an emmy in 2013 for the technology: https://www.izotope.com/en/company/press-room/press-releases/2013/engineering-emmy-awarded-to-izotop...

I don't know for certain, but I suspect they (iZotope) wanted a lot more money to renew the license to use the noise reduction technology after 2013. (The izotope file I found in Camtasia 2 mac was ©2012)

iZotope does make it's plugins available separately for users who desire to use the technology with tools that support audio plugins.

Unfortunately, at the present time, Camtasia does not support audio plugins.

- Jack
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in camtasia 8 we can remove the audio noise and now wher is in camtasia 9
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answered in your other thread
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Hi erinaubry1,

I was having issues with Camtasia 9 noise removal, too, until I updated my Camtasia 9 to Camtasia 9.0.3. Do you have the most recent update?

Here's the comparison for the same clip I added noise removal to:

Without noise removal - https://veritas.box.com/s/y053d4qnk7txqmqrj24v07a7whfi0rk6
Noise removal added in Camtasia 9 - https://veritas.box.com/s/mwygu09abjpbv8b9j31jso9ie97t0s1f
Noise removal added in Camtasia 9.0.3 - https://veritas.box.com/s/8a8nrkjyvi9i6klv995yhlvpd6jg8c1b

The noise removal in Camtasia 9.0 was terrible... it actually ADDS noise that sounds like record scratches and crackling.

Thank goodness the update to 9.0.3 fixes this, it sounds much better--on par with the noise removal from the last version of Camtasia 8.

Noise removal added in Camtasia 8.6 - https://veritas.box.com/s/sppv8nmvafgv1s7m8ufkl8ntk2itdxub

Hope this helps streamline your workflow!
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just a heads up ... NR in 9.0.3. still not working correctly for me; does OK if only 2 trec capture in project; if multiple captures, the audio quality [like in a barrel] goes south on 2nd and subsequent clips, even though NR applied to all

my workaround is to export all audio, do NR in Audacity; bring new audio WAV file back in; silence original audio and swap in new Audacity WAV file
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Hmm, that doesn't sound good. The clip I was applying noise removal to was actually an MP4 from a video camcorder, rather than a trec recording. I did have a trec recording on track 2, but the audio on that track was muted so it didn't come into play with the noise removal tool. Good to know, thanks kayakman.

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I have the same issues with the NR in Camtasia Studio 9 as kayakman (Bob) and others have experienced. Being that it is not a true audio editing software software I prefer to use 3rd Party Software like Audacity which is free and Adobe Audition CC which is a paid for software for all of my audio editing for any videos and not just SnagIt or Camtasia Videos as I get the results I am looking for after completing my audio editing and importing that back into Camtasia as a .WAV file.

The only exception on this is if I am just doing a quick record to show or explain something that is not needing pro audio. This is just my opinions and the way I do things. It would be nice if some audio editing improvements could be made in the TechSmith software but time will tell and for now I am comfortable with the ways I have been doing my audio for many years and after getting used to it the more you do it the easier it makes it in the long run.

Just sharing my input and thanks for sharing to all of you for your input. Have a great day/night.

Cheers ~ Fred.
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My problem is that I am doing exactly this - cleaning up the audio in Audition - but when I import the WAV file back into Camtasia there is heavy "SSS" and popping that I don't hear in the file through Audition or any other player. Any recommendation for that?
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When exporting from Audition. Try these settings,

Regards,Joe

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ron.markey

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Yep, that is the default that I have set up.
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You have an unusual problem then, I would contact support and let them try to sort it out.

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Thanks, Joe
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I think the point here is that we shouldn't HAVE to do a "work around". We paid for this product that advertises that it offers "enhanced audio features", if they are going to deprecate a MAJOR feature, they should do so before we choose to stick with their product.  This is like buying a new car, only to find out the A/C doesn't work, and some of you are suggesting I roll down the windows...or buy a bag of ice and sit on it. ;-)
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That's definitely the point. Noise removal is one of the most important features for my work, so having to do any sort of workaround after paying for the upgrade feels like a major kick in the shorts. Plus, none of the workarounds I have tried have worked as well as the noise removal in the old Camtasia 8.
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