Timeline Audio Scrubbing

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I saw that this type question was asked and semi-answered about a years ago. I did not want to reactivate a post that old, besides the answer was not acceptable for my situation.

I work a lot with music, text and picture transitions in the presentation I prepare. Accuracy is a must and timeline scrubbing with live audio would save me a lot of time in placing transition. Having to "play" a clip over and over does not allow me the flexibility of being able to find a point in time where a transition must take place accurately.

For a product that promotes a professional and percise work environment, one would think that this type of functionality would already be included in the software, considering the type of software that it is.

Please pass this suggestion to your programming team for update consideration to the product. It should not be too hard to patch this type of functionality into the existing program as freeware and open source programs such as Blender have this capability built in to them.

For your consideration.

Brad Lourie
Edmonton, Alberta
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Hi Brad,

Thank-you for your input! I understand the importance of lining up events on the timeline, and I'll discuss the idea of audio-scrubbing with the rest of the team.

Until such a feature is implemented, however, (and this is what I do) the best way to synchronize audio and video is to use the waveforms that are drawn over audio clips. You can place markers over the starting frame of, say, a bell chime, and match that up to some video frame on your timeline (for video you can scrub frame-by-frame using Ctrl + left/right arrow key).

I hope this helps!

Regards,

Aaron
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I understand but having audio scrubbing feature with stretchable sound would be very awesome and fun to play with. Just playing with the cursor moving it back and forth and listening to audio reverse and forward as you move the cursor or play head back and forth if you know what I mean ;)
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Peace be on all of those who are reading this. I've just recently intalled and used camtasia and recorded my first desktop video tutorial and I am very much impressed by this software that it has desktop recording and editing all in one software which is awesome plus you get full unrestricted 30 day trial. I think that the software speaks for itself and all the credit goes to its developers. I appreciate what the developers have done with camtasia and lot of time contribution they have put init to make it as good as possible and I thank the DEVELOPERS of techsmith for that, but I have a suggestion to make that why not also add audio scrubbing as well in camtasia when moving the playhead back and forth and also with the same shortkeys that scrubs the video that is (CTRL + LEFT and/ RIGHT) so that you could know what is going on at any specific area when you're scrubbing the video. It will definently provide more convenience for writing subtitles in those areas of the video where it's very difficult to and can easily get skipped besides marking those specific spots on the timeline. The audio scrubbing could be enabled by pressing the F9 key in order to start the audio scrubbing and could be turned off easily by pressing the same key. By the way I am using Windows 7 and this suggestion is for windows version and also for the mac version. In addition, there are also other good ideas on this page by so many people for the developers of camtasia.

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Audio scrubbing in CAMTASIA.
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No scrubbing makes precision edition nigh unto impossible. Please add this feature to your otherwise nicely full-featured application. I keep going back to Screenflow for this single feature.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Audio scrubbing for Camtasia for Mac, please..
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One of the main reasons I would really appreciate this type of feature is that I impromptu my tutorials as I record them.

My tutorials are of a type relating to software that requires a lot of tweaking and changing things as you work through them. Sometime the tweaks are easy and there is no stammering in the recording. However, there a lot of times where things either crash or cause unexpected behaviour within the programs as I make the video and I need record the steps needed to fix the problem on the fly.

This means a lot of "ums" and "ers" and other Freudian verbalized problem solving remarks ("#@!!!") that occur during a crash that need to be removed before the video can be published.

If I had the feature I would be able to find them more precisely to silence them by scrubbing in a small amounts of time without the constant need to bounce back and replay the video from the point of a deletion. There is also a chance of missing a remark that should not be published.

As mentioned, waveforms can be a good indication of where some of the removable content occurs, but not always.

Sometimes when I have a very stubborn product that i am doing a tutorial for, I'll split the audio from the video and take it to other software where I can scrub through and make changes in.

It would be better though to only have to use one product to do the video and have all the tools required to do the job embedded in that program.
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Oh my lord what I would give for a scrubbing feature and access to VST plugins for audio cleanup. Any idea when and if you guys will be implementing this stuff? Possibly offer a "Pro" version with some added bells and whistles like this?

Thanks!!!
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Absolutely needed feature. I find editing to remove little audio glitches to be a slow and maddening process. You actually have to script out and drill, drill, drill your presentations to get them pretty much perfect before recording, since relying on editing without the scrub feature is so time-consuming to get just right. For users of audio software such as Logic, editing in Camtasia can be a painful and frustrating experience.
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Well, I was hoping that this feature would have been included with the release of 8.1 but, I guess not.... maybe in the next major update. I sure hope they don't wait until version 9.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Nice to have Audio Playback as you scrub the timeline.


One thing I think this program is missing, is audio playback while scrolling through the timeline. It would really help me sync the video and audio together while cutting video clips out. Serif (the video editor I currently use) has this option, but has horrible problems with video rendering. If this option is added to Camtasia Studio I think a lot of people would thank you for it including me, mostly because I could then stop using Serif and buy this.
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Audio scrubbing is an indisputable industry standard feature. And the continued lack thereof will only serve to cement camtasia in a mickey-mouse category. Put another way, when I need to do pro level editing, I need to export an entire camtasia project and then work with the timeline in premiere-pro or audition etc. Simply put: time consuming and frustrating. On a positive note, the zoom and pan functions are excellent.
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organicman

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Mega-dittoes, Sam. After several years of discussion, I feel it is time that the developers took heed...
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How is this still not a feature after two years of discussion? Like Sam above me said this should be a standard by now.
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Peter

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Agree - audio scrubbing would be a wonderful and much appreciated addition...
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There are things that I like so much more about Camtasia, but the fact that there's no audio scrubbing has convinced me to purchase Screenflow instead of Camtasia for Mac.  

That's how important audio scrubbing is.  Please add this feature to the software and I will gladly choose you over Screenflow.
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George Murphy

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Guys, we need audio scrubbing very important feature. This was first brought up 4 years ago. What are we waiting for?
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I posted this 4 years ago while using Version 8. Camtasia underwent multiple updates through Version 8 and now (a pay upgrade) has occurred to Version 9 (which I bought) and I find that this simple and extremely useful tool still hasn't been implemented.

I just want to know WHY?
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I have been waiting for audio-scrubbing for a long time now - and going by the amount of different topics on this forum about this, so have man others.

Editing audio based on the waveline is only realistically possible for simple edits, such as when there are pauses between words. That's often not enough.

Camtasia is a great product and more and more the go to solution for me - but when it comes to audio editing it forces an annoyingly complex process on me.

Please listen to your customers in this regards - there are a lot of references to audio scrubbing throughout your forum.

Steffan Klein

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