recording multiple audio inputs into camtasia

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Want to do following:

record screen on computer in a conference room.  While doing it I want to have 3-5 microphones around the room recording as separate tracks so that when I create the finished product, it is a video of the computer screen with audio taken from speakers when I want them on the video but sometimes they will be talking or eating or making random noise when  one of the other speakers are speaking and want to be able to turn off their track after the fact when editing.

Does that make any sense?    

Right now what I see is the ability to get the system sound and ONE input to record.

I have a mixing board - a mackie profx12   wondering about using that with multiple microphones plugged into that.

Or another solution??

many thanks in advance.
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erik.groenhaug

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I’d say that is not possible, since the recorder may only select one audio source +system audio. The question is really why you should go that way. We’ve done such multi- source recordings by using camtasia for video and lead sound. Then using a deparate multitrack ti handle the audio. Just make sure that you have a good synch point - a peak noise at the start to make the post easy synch- wise.
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Thanks for comment - appreciate.
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regarding ...

While doing it I want to have 3-5 microphones around the room recording as separate tracks

separate tracks being recorded onto what [audio tape]?

can you work with those tracks separately somehow?

if so, can you import those separate tracks individually into Camtasia?

I'm not a audio recording heavy; just trying to find a logical approach here that could work
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I could do it the way you and eric suggest - I was hoping there would be a way to use camtasia alone and assign 4-5 audio tracks to individual microphones through camtasia directly but it sounds like bringing in separate audio tracks with a good synch point is the answer (?)  many thanks.
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Short answer:  The Camtasia recorder cannot record multiple audio inputs at the same time.

There is not a way to do what you want in Camtasia.  As you and others have noted, we only record at most two audio inputs at one time.  Are you recording a camera as well, or the screen?  If you have some other software that can capture each input on it's own track, you could then export the audio and import them into Camtasia.  It may take some work to sync them all up depending on how they were recorded.  Also your mixing board would have to be able to present each channel as a separately recordable channel to the app you use for recording the audio.  
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Thanks.  appreciate quick response.  
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If the synch point us good enough, getting the separate tracks aligned is no problem. Depending on how much editing you need, it is also possible to do a mixdown of the tracks before adding the extra audio to camtasia. Do not do anything that changes the timing, though. ;-)
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anyone with a recommendation for a mixing board that keeps the channels separate when they go into the computer ?  I'm thinking the mackie profx12 that I have does have a usb connection to the computer but I don't think it is multichannel - in compresses all the tracks with sound to stereo?
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If you want something fairly inexpensive with good quality, I’d take a look at the Zoom 16 multitrack recorder. May be used as USB external audio device too. OK microphone preamps, and records 8tracks to SD card -WAV format. The faders could be better, but they work
Bonus: light-weight, works on internal batteries or from mains.
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Another approach is to use the Mackie's USB input, which should look like a stereo/dual mono device. It would be best to have an operator keep the unused mics low while the used one(s) are "on." That is, keep the side conversation near mic1 from overwhelming mic4, where someone is speaking/answering a question. But if you want multitrack to "fix it in post" then you'll need a multitrack recorder. But you could mix down all 5 mics to 2 channels, and hope no one crinkles their cough drops!
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Hello rb7. Not sure if you have a Recording DAW Software that came with your Mixer or not. If you have a DAW Software for exmple like Cubase (which has been discontinued), FL Studio, ProTools, PreSonus Studio One then you might want to check and see if your Mixer when connected by USB with the DAW Software will record your Multiple Mic Setup on seperate tracks or not. If it is just doing the stereo outputs then it is only two channels. And as others have stated Camtasia will not do what you are asking about.

A couple questions for you below:

 1. Is there a certain reason you want them all separate ? For example are they all around a table talking or is it just one Presenter at a time ? If it is the latter then you would only need one mic anyway and just record it all on one track and there would be ways to cut/split the audio up for each speaker and then do some audio editing in the DAW or even Camtasia Studio and put them on separate tracks.

2. You stated this below :

"I want to have 3-5 microphones around the room recording as separate tracks so that when I create the finished product, it is a video of the computer screen with audio taken from speakers when I want them on the video but sometimes they will be talking or eating or making random noise when  one of the other speakers are speaking and want to be able to turn off their track after the fact when editing."

So when you have all these mics around the room what kind of mics are you using and how far apart are they or close are they to each other ? I ask that to let you know that even if you could mute the non-talking peoples mics live and they are close enough with the eating or papers crackling or any noise then the speakers mic may pick up that anomaly/noise anyway without some kind of mic positioning and that takes some test runs.

3. You also asked about a recommendation for a mixing board that keeps the channels separate when they go into the computer.

Well, pending on how often you are doing these types of recordings and what your budget is then I could suggest a PreSonus Digital Live Series Mixer which comes with Studio One Artist DAW Software. They are not cheap and I am not associated or get any monies for mentioning them. I just know from experience and doing things in our Church in the past that this worked great for being Live and I used the Laptop and Camtasia Studio with a webcam to record and then sync everything up with the video and audio. This is just my suggestio and idea and hope it helps a little.
Let me know if you try to test the Multi-Tracks using the USB Connection and 4 or 5 different Mics and the DAW Software if you are using any DAW at all. If it works and you can then use the Mute Buttons on the different Channels for the mics when they are not speaking and when completed just Render your audio to Stems/Separate Tracks and you should have 4 or 5 or however many audio tracks you had recorded. Let us know and thanks for posting and have a great day/night.
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Or you could try a Midas MR12 or MR18.  Sweetwater has them with 36 month financing for $13 and $25 per month respectively .  Depends on how many mics you'll be running at once.  The cool thing about those units are they can be controlled by your PC or tablet and they also contain  Dugan-style auto mixing that automatically manages mic levels for situations such as you are describing. I haven't used that functionality myself but was came across these while I was looking for a mixer with more inputs for an upcoming gig.  If it works well, it could save you a lot of editing time. Midas units are more expensive but very high quality.