Reinstate WAV file as Voice Narration file type

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Again sorry if I am late for these but I've had issues with voice narration changes between Camtasia 8 -> 9.

Camtasia 8
Voice narration saves as .wav

Camtasia 9
Voice narration saves as .m4a

.M4A is a file I can't use in many places and I "used" to use Camtasia to do my audio recordings because it offers the noise removal tool.  What was the reason behind this change?

Note: This conversation was created from a reply on: Camtasia Feedback Feature Request Round-Up.
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Kyle Ortman

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Posted 2 years ago

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David D, Technical Product Manager - Camtasia

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Hi Kyle,

The .wav file was actually an mp3 (used for compression) contained within a .wav. I believe we dropped .wav because of the mp3 licensing fee. M4a is a widely accepted format and therefore our thinking was that would work for a large percentage of users. As you point out, m4a doesn't work everywhere.

If you don't mind me asking, what places are you using where .wav is your preferred format?
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Kyle Ortman

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Well... I'll take MP3 or WAV, it's just that I can't import the M4A files into places like Articulate or Adobe Audition.

I used to take Audio samples and fine tune them in either program and then import them into Camtasia for video production.

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angie.linder

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I second this.. In fact, I prefer mp3 to wav. I just can't use m4a at all without converting it in another application.
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David D, Technical Product Manager - Camtasia

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Thanks for clarifying.
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David D, Technical Product Manager - Camtasia

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angie.linder

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It doesn't help me personally, as I don't use Articulate or Audition... but you were probably talking to Kyle. :D
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David D, Technical Product Manager - Camtasia

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I was Angie. Should have probably mentioned him specifically in that post. Thanks
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@Camtasia Technical Product Manager

I've recently purchased Camtasia 9 and this is 1 of at least 2 issues I'm seeing with your product that need to be fixed asap.

PLEASE! PLEASE! PLEASE!  We need this in order to enhance our audio within a program like Audacity.
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angie.linder

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I second this. I use Audacity too.
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Dubie

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You can open and edit .m4a files in Audacity.

You need to make sure you have the FFmpeg import/export library installed.
This is easy to do.

http://manual.audacityteam.org/man/faq_installation_and_plug_ins.html#ffdown

I would also while your at it install the Lame mp3 encorder too.
Not needed for m4a files but if you want export mp3 out of Audacity you need to have it.

:)
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