Video won't play now that I've edited the audio on Camtasia studio 7

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I lost the ability to play my video.
Here is what I did:
1. Used the green and red arrows to select about 1 second of the timeline.  I really only want the audio portion, however.
2. I did a right-click on Audio 1 and selected "Edit Audio."
3. Assuming that only the selected piece would be affected, I clicked "silence."
4. Then I clicked the play button.
The problem is that clicking the play button causes it to change to two vertical bars, as it ought to, but instantly stops and turns back to an arrow.  Moving where I am in the video makes no difference.  It still lasts only for a moment.  As a new Camtasia user, this whole deal is pretty frustrating. Thanks for any help you can offer.

Ken
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try using Edit/Undo [ctl-Z]

does that restore the project to its pre-edit state?

this only works if the project is still open after the edit
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Actually,. I simply quit Camtasia and this undid what I did.  However, this leaves me with a video that needs editing and no idea how to do that without this problem happening a second time.  So are the steps I followed incorrect to cut out a piece of a video's audio clip? I still can't figure out how to edit the audio only. I don't want to take anything out of the video. Thanks.

Ken
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after quiting Camtasia, I assume you started over with your original clip?

if so, then the reason that it "undid" what you did is because Camtasia edits never affect the original file; only the project file you are working in

have you looked at these tutorials?

https://www.techsmith.com/tutorial-camtasia-8.html 
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Kayakman,

    I wasn't asking why my changes were undone. I knew that if I exited without saving that the changes woudl be undone.  I was a programmer more years than I want to remember :-) and have lots of experience with various tools. That's one reason this is so frustrating: I have coded it all from system-level Assembly language to Java web apps, but I can't get a video editing application to do what I thought it was supposed to do without a hitch. But I digress....

So, back to my question: how do I select and remove/silence a piece of the audio that I recorded within Camtasia and not have the same result of the whole project becoming useless because it won't play? Is there something wrong with the steps I listed at the start of this thread? Thanks.

Ken

  
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without seeing the actual steps you took, I don't know why you have this issue

generally, you can delete or silence audio all day long without problems

are you using Camtasia Studio for Windows?

where did the source project clip come from [the one that quits working avter you do an audio edit]

can you make a short screencast [host on Screencast.com] showing the edits and then the edited clip not playing?
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He's using Camtasia 7. I uninstalled 7 and I really don't remember what might be different.
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thanks Joe

don't have 7 installed so I can't do a quick vid
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Okay, I tried this again with a video that plays fine. I am on Windows 7 and Camtasia Studio 7.
1. Select timeline to change by clicking where I want to start the selection and then moving the red arrow to the right.
2. Clicked the "Audio" button above the timeline.
3. Chose "silence."
4. Tried to play the video.  It would not play. 

I've tried this twice now unsuccessfully. ANy suggestions for how to remove the bits I want to get rid of" Thanks.

Ken
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it's been a while since I use CS 7

if you choose silence, the selection's waveform should show no audio present?

have you tried my "split" suggestion above?

the clip may need to be selected [highlighted] when you click "silence"

again, a Screencast video might help here
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Hey Ken, I tried to duplicate the problem you are having. I loaded one clip with audio and it worked fine when I Selected the area and clicked silent. When I loaded another clip on top of the first one, I noticed that Camatsia lowers the volume even f you select only one of the clips. Not sure if you have only one clip in the area you are selecting. One work around is to click on "add audio point". This creates a node that you can select and drag down. Move the palyhead to the start and end of your clip. Hit the add audio point and again at the end. Drag each point to zero. You may have done this already but thought i'd mention it.
Cheers
Brian
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