Please add produce to MP3 to Camtasia 9

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Hello. We use Camtasia to produce our weekly show and as part of that production, we produce the audio separately for our audience who prefers to listen to the podcast as an MP3 instead of watching our pretty faces. We have used Camtasia 8 for this for a long time and the lack of support for MP3s has stopped us from moving to Camtasia 9. It would be great if this feature could make a comeback.  
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Don't hold your breath for the return of the MP3 file format.  I asked this question on DAY 1 on my install of Camtasia 9 and the folks at TechSmith told me, " should me using the M4A file format for your audio only files."  That despite the fact that there are a TON of devices out there that ARE NOT capable of playing the M4A file.
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(1) I'm not a lawyer (2) the information from mp3licensing may not be correct (3) my interpretation is probably incorrect.

I got curious and it seems the royalty for MP3 Decoder is 0.75 per unit and the Codec is between $2.50 and $5.00 per unit.  We are licensed to install on two computers with limitations on use.

That could mean an increase of the cost C9 of $5.75 or $11.50 and that doesn't include the cost to maintain and support the code within C9; which should be minimal.

Plus, a software company like TechSmith might negotiate a deal to reduce the cost.

Handbrake can convert to MP3 but not audio only.  I don't understand that as I think MP3 is audio only.  However Handbrake states that, after conversion, another program would be necessary to remove the video portion.  <I know have a headache>  :D

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I've upgraded from v8 to v9... and I can not publish my podcast ??? What ? How convert m4a to mp3 
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As Tim Frost states:
Don't hold your breath for the return of the MP3 file format

For whatever reason and refraining from going on a tangent here, it's just another ridiculous decision Techsmith has made and it is what it is.

The best option we have found is to produce your video as mp4 and drop it into Audacity and export as mp3. Audacity will extract the audio out of the mp4 video.

Note: You must also have the LAME and FFmpeg libraries installed, but thats easy to do and needed for many applications. You may find you have it on your system already.

 Also a side benefit of producing your mp3/audio with Audacity is you can add much more metadata to your file(s). ie; copyrights, title, etc which Camtasia does a poor job of.
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