silence shortcut

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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.
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Posted 5 years ago

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Fred Grover, Champion

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Could you be more specific on how you would use the silence function and the benefits ? You can mute the audio track while in editing mode or silence the audio on a track in a specific area by using the audio volume and pulling it down to zero for that section of audio.

If you are wanting to silence your audio live while recording then the video portion would keep going unless you paused the recording which would also silence your audio. So I am not sure what this would accomplish and that is why I asked why you would want this option. Thanks for posting and have a great day/night.
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Hi Fred,

Thank you for taking the time to answer.
I'm currently working on a recording that was given to me. The person had the microphone to close to the mouth and nose, every breath is like a wind storm. Auto noise cancelling wouldn't work.

Imagine how many breaths in a 45 min recording. So for each of these I have to:
  1. Select that sound portion, which I can easily do with the key board using the shift + arrow keys
  2. If I cut it, it's a quick Ctrl + X
  3. But when I want to "Silence" that breath, which is what I do 90% of the time, then I need to grab the mouse, click on the Silence button in the audio tool, then click back on the time line.
This is very time consuming. I saw that several people asked for this before. You have shortcut for many other functions, but this, one, the one I use the most, is not available.

Let me know if you need more info
Thanks
Roberto
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Your welcome Roberto. I can understand where a shortcut button for silence would come in handy in that situation. You also have to understand that when working with someone else's audio it is a time consuming thing to do as there audio may have many background noises depending on their recording environment and background noises. I too have had to edit other peoples audio and it was time consuming and sometimes no matter what I did it could not be made to sound better.

I am just another user like yourself and this is something that TechSmith would have to implement if there is enough for them to consider to add it in the software. I am not a programmer so I cannot say how much work that would take to accomplish. So, in the long run there is probably no easier way to do this other than the way you are doing it now. You could try another audio editing software to see if you would get better results in less steps by extracting the audio out to a .wav file and use something like Audacity which is free to see if there cleanup methods might work better for the whole audio track or not. Sorry I cannot be of more assistance and make this a feature option to have added for silencing the audio with a shortcut key. Give the method I referred to using Audacity and see if that helps. I know that is not the answer you were looking for but TechSmith's Audio features could use some redesigning for making better quality audio in my personal opinion. That is why I use other software to reduce the steps for noise removal etc. But, as I stated earlier when working with other peoples audio it does not always work with using other software any better because you have no control of how and where they record their audio at.

Thanks for posting and let us know if and how it works out. You could also contact TechSmith Support to have them change this or upgrade it to an Idea and turn into the Developers to see if it might be something in the future they might consider adding or not.

Have a great day/night and I wish I could of helped you a little more.
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Thank you, Fred. I hope they will have this changed. Would seem like a simple thing to add.

All my best.
Roberto
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Hi rgiannicola,

Thank you for your suggestion.
I have added your request to the agenda of our next meeting where we discus new ideas.

We can never promise these ideas will make it into a release, but, I can tell you for sure we will talk about this.

Thanks again,
Kelly
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Sean

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Kelly, any updates to a shortcut being added for silence?
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Julie Works

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Kelly any update on the hotkey for silence. As explained by fred over 6 months ago it will save many of us hours of editing time.
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Another user here also needing this...
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rogeriodec

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  1. Install https://autohotkey.com/
  2. Download a script that I created: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B81wA4UHCedmS0RCZlg4bFVGVnM/view?usp=sharing
  3. Double Click on it
  4. Run Camtasia
  5. Select a clip or some seconds of a clip
  6. Type Alt+S
  7. I created also the keys Page Up and Page Down to scroll left and right
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Awesome Roger - That does the trick and will save heaps of time

I also like the Pg Up/Down to skip back/forward on the timeline

I'll have a stab at configuring it so it goes back a second at a time rather than 5 seconds at its tightest setting :)

Thanks
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Thank you Craig.
The script to PgUp and PgDn does literally two mouse clicks each:
  1. One click on the bottom left (or right) in the timeline of the scroll bar to make a paging
  2. One click on the center of the timeline to centralize the cursor

The number of seconds will depend on your current zoom.

Perhaps the way to move exactly one second left or right, would simulate the Ctrl + Left keys (or Right) 30 times (30 frames = 1 second).
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Ok, I created a new version of the script by adding the Ctrl+Alt+Left and Ctrl+Alt+Right shortcuts, both moving the cursor 30 frames (1 second) left and right. The download link is the same: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B81wA4UHCedmS0RCZlg4bFVGVnM/view?usp=sharing
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Craig Leith

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You sir - are a legend :)

Thanks
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