Removing a tiny piece of the audio in Camtasia 7

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I want to remove one second ("um") from the audio of a video I have made.  I know that this should be doable, but I cnan9ot figure out how to do in Camtasia 7 on W9ndows 7. Choosing "Edit Audio" does not seem to get me what I want. Thanks.

Ken
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Hello,

1. Zoom up the track view (slider on left side - moving towards the right) so that 1 second is W-I-D-E. 2. Highlight the audio track. 3. put the playhead to just before the sound. 4. Press the 's' key (or scissors to cut the track. Then do the same thing just after the sound and repeat the 's' cut.

Now you can click on the 1 sec offending portion and either delete it (Delete key) or mute it (volume 0 in audio controls).

Assuming everything else is to stay in this position click on Save. If your plan is to tighten up the narration, drag the rest of the audio clip left and then save. (can't really tell what you want to end up with from here)

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If available, an alternative to cutting the offending umm from the timeline is to highlight it, go to Audio and click Silence. 
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Thanks for the assist, I wasn't on the Camtasia PC and Mute came to mind. I can set markers but how do you get it to consider only that portion? (that's why the "cut")
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How do you highlight it?  I tried clicking on the timeline in the audio track and and dragging my mouse, but nothing happened. Thanks.
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One more.  Some times "silence" option can be a bit harsh...but it certainly works.  If you have background noise (room noise) then the drop out can be very noticeable.  Separate the audio from the video.  Click "Edit Audio". Slice audio track only,  add a fade out to the left audio and a fade in to the right audio.  (you can also insert nodes on the audio volume envelope and "draw the curve").  Then you will get a smoother audio edit.
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Help please!  I got rid of more than I wanted.  I found the spot to remove. I tried to press "s" to slice it out, but that seemed to make Camtasia think thatI wanted to add a caption.  Then I tried to use my mouse to highlight the one second and click on the scissors icon or press the delete key. No matter what I did, I could not seem to get a piece of the audio selected.  Finally I clicked "silence."

  That worked too well. Now my entire audio for the first video in my produced file shows a gray bar for audio 1.  There is no sound and no apparent way to get it back. I don't want to have to start this entire project all over again. Is there no way to get the full audio back?  I'd rather have a brief "um" than eight minutes of silence to replace.  Thanks.

Ken
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Sorry, you didn't have the audio track highlighted when 's' for cut was to happen. I have accidentally triggered caption myself. Use UNDO to get back to where you were or simply CLOSE the project without saving changes. Then re-open to try it again.

You really need to have the tracks zoomed up properly to make sure you don't lose too much. (I perfect scripted audio outside and bring it ready to avoid stuff like this - something to consider in the future)

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I did have the zoom up all the way, to the point that I was puzzled by the time "0.05.45.14." What is the ".14" for, milliseconds? The video was only about six minutes long. I have seen posts about making the video in Camtasia but the audio elsewhere.  I am a bit unsure, without a word-for-word script, how to make sure that htte audio takes exactly as long as the video.  How do you do that?  Thanks.

Ken
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First things first, if you still have it open, try going to Edit and Undo.  You may have to do that repeatedly until you get it back the way it was.



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Thanks for the suggestions. Too late to undo. However, I have the camreq that has the video and audio for the first of the two videos in the project. Is there a way to replace the existing video and non-audio with the original camrec?  I don't know if that means deleting the current item from the project and then trying to re-add this "recent recording" or what. If I can do that, I still want to try to edit out the one-second gaff, though now I'm really unsure how to do that safely.  Thanks. 
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Kennethlitwak,

Silencing the audio doesn't delete the audio at all.

 It simply turns the volume level down to "ZERO" This is very easy to fix. There are two ways to deal with volume levels.
Step 1 and 2  will increase the volume in 20% increments.
You will need to use steps 1 and 2 to increase the volume slightly before you will be able to grab the slide as shown in step "A"

I hope this information reaches you before you start all over. 
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Regards, Joe

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Hi Joe,

  Thanks for the advice.  I don't have those two blue "dots" that show my track is silenced or muted. What I have is below.  Selecting the piece of Audio 1 that has no sound--whatever the reason--gives you the view below and clicking "volume up" accomplishes nothing. 
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I see you have Camtasia 7 We don't get many Cam7 questions in this forum anymore.
Camtasia 8's been out for around 4 years now.

 The solution is this, highlight the audio track by left clicking it.
Then,  just go into the audio panel and select "Remove Audio Points" DONE!

Using Volume Up doesn't work in Camtasia 7 when the audio is set to zero. Probably a bug in the program all along. I reinstalled version 7.1 for testing.

Removing audio points even works with Camtasia 8. So I learned something today myself. That's always a good thing.

It was fun looking over the Camtassia 7 interface. I got version 8 over 3 years ago.

Regards, Joe
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