How do you pause recorded video and narrate audio?

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The main feature that I was really hoping that would be in version 8 is a "pause" feature that would pause the video and allow you to continue to record audio.

I record my screen and then come back and do the voice narration.
I try my best to fit all of my audio in, but it would be GREAT if I could pause the video, finish saying what I wanted to say, and then resume the video.

So first, why isn't this a feature already included?
Second, is this something that could be added for a future update in version 8?

I currently have version 7 and the only option that will cause me to update to version 8 is this pause feature.

Please let me know if this can happen.
Thank You!
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Jordan Lamb

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Randy Schott

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Jordan,

We do have an "Extend Frame" feature (also available in 7) that will allow you to extend a particular frame of video on the timeline as long as you want so that audio narration can continue.

That should achieve the same effect as pausing the video during recording, as in either case you will end up with a static image on the screen while the audio finishes playing out.

I'm not saying the pause functionality isn't a good idea, just wanted to make sure you were aware the Extend Frame trick.

Randy
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Michael said:
"Then come in afterwards, play this pre-recorded screen video back... and lay down audio on top ***WHILE** being able to hit pause on the video, and continue talking, to whichever points in the video require more explanation."

Ah... that makes total sense.  (It does seem like an obvious feature that would be in Camtasia.)
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well, if the live action is too fast, then apply a clip speed adjustment to make it play slower [like 80%]; that should make it easier for you to do what you want
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Again, not a bad workaround. But would be nice to just have the function in the product instead of having to figure out workarounds.
You're a sharp thinker. Very good workarounds. But it would just be a lot easier to have more control of creating Extend Frames in realtime.
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I don't disagree with your thinking, but what you're looking for is not currently in the product, and it may never get in there; hence, workarounds often have to rule the day

for what its worth ...

I have what seems like a gazillion man hours doing software application screencasts; I have had to take client recordings [narrated] and polish them up for distribution.

most of these have been captured at a pace that does not match my workflow style

there was always the option to use their video, but edited in a project with my own narration voice overs

but frankly, I usually found that is was much faster and easier to just watch how they did it, then, working in the app myself, I'd re-capture it all, using my mouse style, and my narration rate.  much less editing grief and frustrations

perhaps another "workaround" for you to try?

good luck with your work :)
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Michael Olivier

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Yup. I totally hear you.
I oftentimes have to do videos that have dual use of internal (expert audience, so they literally just want a quick n dirty show of what to click) and external (slower, more explanation). So I'm just trying to save some time by being able to re-use the former, for the latter. Plus, I hate planning out my script beforehand. I would rather just talk to a pre-recorded video.
My workaround of playing the pre-recorded video in Media Player and recording that (while pause accordingly in the Media Player app) works fairly well for me. It just seems like - since they have the concept of Extend Frame, a natural feature to add to be able to define them on the fly with Voice Narration. It's TOTALLY a "wishlist" item. The product isn't "broken" - it could just be that much better with it. Here's hoping :)

I appreciate your feedback and like I said, you're a very creative thinker with a lot of good ideas to workaround/get the functionality that you/I/we want :) Thanks!
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I will try this. I think I may have seen that but was thinking that it basically copied the video from the point you selected to the end of the frame and pasted it again. So if that's the case, the video may repeat.

I am probably wrong. I will try it again!

Thank you for responding so quickly!
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This would be a solution if the extend frame feature actually worked.

In version 8.1 after I specify the number of seconds and click ok on the extend frame dialog I get a Camtasia error dialog saying: We're sorry! An error occurred. This operation cannot be completed.

It gives no clue what went wrong. I tried updating to current build (as of 11/1/13), restarted, etc. etc. always the same result.

I'm a novice with Camtasia, but the requirement to control video playback while narrating seems pretty basic and fundamental to me. Unless you're a master presenter, seems like recording without narration, then narrating the recording is the way to achieve a more professional quality result.

Bob



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This my issue also. It happens on all camprojs when a extend frame is used.
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After wasting an hour trying to figure it out, I tried starting a new project, imported my existing camrec file, placed it on the time line, and now the procedure to extend a frame works.

So apparently the project files were corrupt somehow ... but how .... ?

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Actually, this feature is almost useless if you also want to capture system sounds! The system audio track does not automatically stay in sync, i.e. the corresponding "frame" of sound is not extended along with the video frame. Good luck trying to sync it perfectly manually. (Key clicks and mouse clicks, etc.)

As nice as this product is in so many ways, it is surprising and disappointing to find that such a basic requirement cannot be easily handled.


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Bob C. I was just looking up how to do this and found this conversation.  The "Extend Frame" pushes the video and sound forward in my copy of Camtasia, so the sound stays synched with the original video.
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Laura,
What version are you using? Probably version 7 or older. In version 8 they decided it was better to not keep the audio track automatically synced with the video when extending a frame. So you have to manually select and move the entire audio track. Good luck doing that perfect so that system sounds like a mouse click actually align with the screen action. I'm not sure who this change was better for....

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in version 8, extend frame does move both audio and video; but if you have separate audio/video tracks, only the selected video track is extended

personally, when trying to keep video frozen and just insert new additional audio, I use voice narration to do the new audio, then apply insert time to push everything downstream; then I do a save frame of the last frame before the start of new audio [this give me an image] which I inset under the new audio, drag it out so it's the same duration as the new audio clip; then edit as usual; no issues this way with tracks not staying aligned

alternatively, if capturing the video, just stop interacting with the app you're recording, and keep on talking, then resume action whenever; keeps things very simple


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Thanks for the tips, Kayakman.  Bob I am using version 6.  I keep seeing notices to upgrade but never felt the need - though I didn't realize I was that far behind.

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This approach worked for me in Camtasia 2 for Mac. I first split the video at the frame I wanted to pause, and then extended the frame for the duration I needed for narration. 

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