Synchronising Audio & Video

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I've been recording some software training videos by recording the video and audio as separate tracks. What I’m finding is that the editing is taking a very long time due to the complexity of lining up the narration with the many different screens and the actions on each screen.

I have produced scripts which show the narration with the relevant screen and area but I'm still finding that synchronizing the tracks is really time-consuming.

I tried recording the narration and screen recording as one track and this has cut down the editing time dramatically, but understandably the quality of the video is not as good.

I'm wondering if this is a challenge for us due to the number of screens in our videos. Any thoughts from others who have faced this challenge or something similar would be greatly appreciated.
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Hi Nick,
From your description,I do the same thing.
I record the lecturer on a high-quality camera, with a cordless lapel microphone.
I run the Camtasia add-in to PowerPoint, capturing the screen AND the audio of the computer.
As long as the lecturer stays relatively close to the computer, I then have a poor-quality capture of the presentation timeline.
In Camtasia I add the .trec file to one track and the video file to another. Then it's simply a matter of syncing the audio tracks. Before producing (sorry, "Sharing") the video I silence the computer's audio track.
Is that what you meant?
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Thanks for explaining what you do. It sounds like you have a good approach for recording your live tracks.

The setup with us is slightly different as it's not a live take. We have tried recording the narrattion for the software training videos first using scripts as one take then recording the screen actions separately (like on the TechSmith tutorial videos).

So a typical scenario could be some narration snippets explaining the software, some steps carried out in the software followed by more narration. Pretty much like a lot of software explainer videos on YouTube (except they seem to record audio and video together).  

The challenge we are finding is lining up the narration with the screen actions as there are so many different steps to line up. The narration is being recorded as snippets which are then lined up with the relevant screen action. I'm just wondering if we are missing a trick?

I hope this makes more sense