Voice goes from normal to deep during recording

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I find that after using Camtasia to record video and voice together for several minutes, my voice suddenly gets very deep... as if the recording had slowed down. However, the speed is the same and the video doesn't change. My voice just goes down a couple of octaves. Sometimes I can re-record, and then the new recording sounds fine... but after several seconds of re-recording, my voice jumps down a couple of octaves again.
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George Pond

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Sounds like a VBR variable bit rate MP3 file. If so you need to re-save bit as constant bit rate in Audacity or similar editor. Always record CBR
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Thank you for sharing this! I haven't been able to find reference to VBR or CBR in any of Camtasia's menus or by searching their help... but I will google about it and see if more comes up.

I should note that the problem surfaces in the editor and I have never actually produced the "froggy-shounding" files. I discard the .WMV files before making anything of them.
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Can't add anything further to this as I record outside CS and bring in finished scripted audio to record screens to.
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Hi George

Are you using the latest update? I ask because I recently updated and am seeing kind of a similar thing. At first, I thought it was just the nature of the recent unscripted and "shoot from the hip" recordings. I've been using a Logitech headset mic. I notice that the volume seems to really fluctuate. Almost as if Camtasia is somehow trying to adjust levels after you record a bit.

Seeing this report, however, makes me wonder if I'll see the same behavior next time I'm set up in my studio.

I know TechSmith made some adjustments to the recording bit of the application as they reported that the "pop" we were hearing when recording webcam simultaneously should now be fixed.

Cheers... Rick :)
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I was using 8.51. and so cannot blame the latest update. However, I will upgrade... assuming that the problem won't get worse... and tech support (when I hear from them) will want me to do that, anyway.

Did quite a bit of "googling" on this because it seemed such a disaster... I mean, I've got to record some videos, and my voice gets distorted almost randomly in the middle of them. One of the things I found concerned the Win 8 device setup of my CAD U37 microphone. I fiddled with different settings... with some results seeming better.

THANK YOU for taking time to reply. Maybe 8.5.2 will behave better than 8.5.1.

Windows 8.1 software of all sorts is presenting challenges.
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