Re-instate the “silence audio selection” button

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(This idea comes what what we’ve heard here in this community as well as from other customer feedback methods we utilize. The feedback we gather here will help us gauge how well it fits our users’ needs. Please let us know what you think)

The Problem:

Camtasia 8 had a way to silence an audio selection (for example, to remove an umm) that required only a click

Potential Solution:

Reinstitute the ‘silence audio selection’ button.
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David D, Technical Product Manager - Camtasia

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schteck

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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Silence button is missing in Camtasia 9.

In the new version, there is a slider that regulates the volume gain. So if you want to mute selection on a track, you need to cut that segment from both sides, then select it, and reduce volume gain to 0. Previously, you need just to make selection, and click Silence and you have 4 audio spots and muted selection
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schteck

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This was before some guys from here pointed out that there is shortcut Shift+S for Silence, which is very useful and I don't miss the Silence button a lot :-D
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ChrisM

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Here is the difference between Shift+S and the actual button. When you would click on the button, it would automatically put in a quick fade out and quick fade in to eliminate audio "popping". Shift+S doesn't do that. Plus, I work in Camtasia for long, long periods. Clicking on a button is much more efficient for me than planting my hand on the keyboard.
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Bill Coughlin

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yes I want this
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Reinstate, please.
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rob.place

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This would be very useful.  Adobe Audition has something similar which is very useful and I've always found missing in Camtasia 
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Making silencing audio selection take fewer mouse clicks.

Suggestion:
Add keyboard-shortcut and right-click menu options for silencing selected section of audio.

I find myself having to bring up the audio panel fairly frequently to do this and I can't see that there's any other way of silencing the audio than to go to the Audio panel and click the Silence button.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled In Camtasia, please add shortcut or hotkey for Silence command under Audio tools.....

When using Camtasia to edit videos, I use the Silence tool a lot under Audio tools. Please add this tool to the list of available hotkeys (i.e. shortcuts) - perhaps the L key, since the S key is already taken by the "Split" command. This would save us a lot of time!
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled silence shortcut.

I've seen this question asked for several years and yet nothing still. Are you going to add a shortcut for the Silence function? This would save us all so much time.
Thank you
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Why did you remove the mute button? Major turn-off and will keep me from upgradin....

Why did you remove the mute button? Major turn-off.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Silence Button in Timeline Toolbar.

I use the "replace with silence" button a lot. I may be crazy, but I seem to remember there being a shortcut for it in the timeline toolbar back in the day. Is there any way to get that button to show up in the timeline toolbar?
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Long Time User Looking for a Quick Mute Back in Camtasia, Pretty Please.

I'm a long time Camtasis user and moving to the new format has really slowed down my work flow because of not having a once click mute function. Please bring it back. Even if one pulls the sound all the way down, it still sounds if no edit points are put in. I'm a music teacher for special needs students and used to make songs with blanks for my students to "sing" along on their switches or communication devices, they are nonverbal. The new way will more than triple the time it takes me to do that with all the extra editing. Boo!
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Yes - We Need This! I have just updated from 8 to 9 and this missing button is a big issue! We use Camtasia becuase it is easy and quick to use - and that SILENCE button saved us a lot of work... PLease Please Please Create a (free) update and bring it back... I cant be that hard to do - right? 
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David D, Technical Product Manager - Camtasia

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Official Response

Audio is a key component to professional video. We want to provide an experience for both novice and experienced users that increases the quality of their audio. There are a few ideas that are audio related in this round-up. We are evaluating a collection of audio related features for a future release. While we doing that evaluation, we’d like to hold off on any audio features until we design a broader approach to audio improvements in the product.


Here are the definitions of what the statuses mean for Ideas.

Here is the overall vote count for the rest of the Ideas in this round up.

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David, I appreciate your response and your overall big picture point.  The problem is we have been unhappily waiting for this to be resolved for a very long time.  It's not like we are asking for a new feature.  This is a feature users depended on that someone 'designed' out of the program!  So how much longer are we going to have to wait?

Also, I'm very nervous about 'a broader approach to audio improvements'.  With respect, I've not been happy with some of the work flow breaking changes in recent versions.  If you could make a change, see it makes people unhappy and quickly adjust that would be one thing, but clearly that is not the case.  So PLEASE be very careful about future changes.  I'd like to see you work with a large beta tester group of long time users to collect feedback on possible feature changes.  Or better yet, work with some users on potential feature changes before they are in code and it's too late.  

Here's another example of another new 'feature' that annoys me to no end.  When I capture a screenshot in SnagIt the Editor now defaults to a small scale (typically 40%) view.  This is usually too small for me to see clearly or certainly to edit. So EVERY TIME I have to click twice to see it in <Actual Size>.  'Scale to fit' might make sense, but not a postage stamp.  I've looked and can't find a setting to change the default.  Maybe it's there (please say so) but that's not the point.  Someone took a solid work flow and broke it by requiring extra steps, or possibly users spending time to dig for how to make the program work the way it did before paying for an update.  Not cool.

Thanks - Robert
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Can you give us an update on this topic? Did it make the cut to be implemented? When will it be implemented?
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ChrisM

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Still waiting for an update please.
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Robert R., Online Community Admin

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Official Response
Hello all;

Please note that the status for this Request has changed (see here for details on Statuses). Feel free to reply here if you have any questions. In many cases the Status change may mean that the feature request no longer aligns with the current workflow, or that other work, such as bug fixes, has taken priority. Please continue to follow the thread as the status may change again.

-Robert
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ChrisM

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What was the status changed to?
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Robert R., Online Community Admin

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Hello ChrisM;

In this case the Status was changed from "Under Consideration" to "Not Planned." Though it is in the Product Team's backlog, bandwidth for research into the feature to reinstate the "Silence Audio Selection" is no longer available (see here for more details on Statuses). As development of features or bug fixes complete, this Feature Request may then be given the bandwidth to be researched and/or developed upon; if/when that happens we will update this thread and its Status accordingly.

-Robert
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ChrisM

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Thank you for the explanation. I am sure the entire team over there is very busy. I really hope this feature makes it into the product someday.
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Wow.  So you're saying this simple "Restore a single button that  used to exist" feature , which has received enough votes to be the #3 most important enhancement request from your customers (per the Feature Request Roundup at https://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmith/topics/camtasia-feedback-feature-request-round-up) is not important enough to be a priority.   I just don't get that.  The code already exists.   It was just turned off when the button was removed.  How hard can it be to put it back.  

I own a s/w dev company.  I understand priorities, long term plans and so on.  I expect you have some other larger long term plan for audio features.  But you made the effort to collect votes from your users about what they want to see in the app.  This is #3!  I don't see how that can be ignored aka "Not Planned".
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Indeed. I find that the best way to avoid the work required to re-implement a feature is to stop removing them in new versions the first place. Snagit is of course more notorious for this than Camtasia is (which is why I'm still on Snagit version 9 and have no intention of upgrading any time soon), but this one is one of many annoyances when it comes to working with audio in Camtasia.
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Brooks, Camtasia Technical Product Manager

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Official Response
Silence Audio will be available in the context menu and via a keyboard shortcut in the next Major release of the software.

Brooks
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