Rename portion of an audio recording

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I often need to cut and edit portions of a long audio recording. I would love to be able to re-name each portion so that I know what it is without always having to go and listen to each portion. Thanks for considering this!  
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  • hopeful you will do this

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I use a naming convention when storyboarding. So I always know which slide is being referred to, which image is associated with the audio script and text-on-screen. E.g. if slide 1, then image would be 1A, 1B etc. You would insert 1A into copy/text/audio script. So if you slice and dice your audio recording you can use a naming convention like course/lesson name_slide#_1A or similar... Good luck! Cindy

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Another option is to save each clip to the Library, which allows you to rename it when it's saved. The downside is that your Library will eventually get quite large.
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How do you do that?  If I click on the clip, I can't rename it. 
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If you right-click on a clip, you'll see the "Add to Library" option at the bottom of the menu. When you do that, you can give the new Library asset whatever name you like. You can also easily reuse it in other projects, too. 
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I should have made it clear that my audio is my own  narrations. To keep the audio fairly stable (sound levels, background noise, etc.) I will record as much as I can of a script before I need water or something stronger!  This could be 5 screens or so, if my voice isn't scratchy and froggy, like it is with spring allergies right now!   This recording turns into one audio file, which I can name and store where I like. This is great. However, then I need to match up a slide (imported from PowerPoint) with a portion of the narration. This allows me to put the mandated pause between slides and sometimes deal with audio effects/edits on just a short portion. I want to name these portions.  Right now I have 20 different "Audio 1" clips on my timeline.  They may not match up neatly with next slides so it would just be nice to be able to identify them "zoomed out" and not have to keep listening to them. A pet peeve, I guess.
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I would recommend pre-cutting the audio in a nondestructive way (that is, taking a WAV file and carving it up using Roxio sound editor or a similar audio editing program) and outputting as WAV.  The result would not suffer from a reduction in audio quality.  This enables you to re-name each audio bite as you choose; at that point, import all clips into Camtasia and place them as needed.

An alternative is to use the single audio file ("Audio 1") as you currently do, but create a Group for each audio clip.  You can then assign each Group a different name.  This second approach offers an added benefit in that you can alter each Group to include the corresponding slide.
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Thanks!  I like the Group idea a lot.  My company is small and so I don't have access to any sound editing tools (or anything else, really) so I have to do all the work in Camtasia.  I have worked with Groups and like how you can ungroup easily when needed. Thanks for a great idea!