Want Restart Narration button (too many clicks otherwise)

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This conversation has been merged. Please reference the main conversation: Improving usability and efficiency of narration feature (a lot)

Suggestion: allow me to turn off the "Are you sure?" dialog when I cancel saving a narration.

I generally have to try recording a narration a few times before I get it right. Each time I start over I have to click Stop Recording, click cancel on the Save dialog, and the click yes to the "Are you sure?" dialog.

Even better would be a "Restart narration" button that cancels and optionally restarts the narration from the original start position after a few seconds delay.
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Caleb

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  • clicking too much.

Posted 8 years ago

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Steven Garske, Employee

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Hello Caleb,

I’m sorry you were having problems with some of the workflow for Voice Narration. We just released Camtasia Studio 8, and made some changes that you might be interested in.

We wanted to simplify the options and introduce an interface that was more flexible with the new multi-track editing. Unfortunately, the Confirm to delete dialog makes a return which is hard to appreciate until you accidentally throw away that long recording one time. I agree it can be annoying though. We did make a couple improvements (less clicks!). When you initially enter the Voice Narration tab and while you’re recording your narration, the Start/Stop button should have focus, allowing you to use [Spacebar] to also start and stop easily. Also, when you stop recording and either save or delete the result, your playhead should now return to the position you initially started recording from to allow you to easily preview your recording or start over.

Here’s a quick video I made showing a bit of the new Voice Narration tab and workflow: http://www.screencast.com/t/vfz9Ub8kYI

You can learn more about what's new in Camtasia Studio 8 here: http://www.techsmith.com/camtasia-wha...

You can try the fully functional trial for 30 days without having to uninstall your previous version of Camtasia Studio.

As always, thanks for posting, and we hope you will continue to share your feedback, ideas, and questions especially on how we can continue improving the Voice Narration workflow with the new Camtasia Studio 8 options. We’re sorry we couldn’t address all your issues at this time.

-Steven
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Caleb

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Hi Steven,

Thanks for your response. This is an improvement so I'm thankful for that. I understand about not wanting to make it easy for the user to completely lose a narration. A couple other ways around this to make it even quicker to restart a narration:

* Add a Restart Narration button. When clicked, it would pop up a dialog confirming the operation and have two buttons, "Restart" and "Cancel". Clicking the Restart button would start the recording again at the original playhead location.

* Or, have the Restart Narration button actually restart the recording from the original playhead location, but make some text appear below the buttons "Didn't mean to restart narration? Click here to recover your recording."
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Steven Garske, Employee

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Hi Caleb,

I like both of your ideas. I agree there is still definitely room for improvement. With Camtasia Studio 8 now released, tweaking the workflows and options to work with the new Timeline infrastructure will hopefully be much easier. We're still learning what works best with all the new features and what is the biggest priority to our users, so feedback like this is invaluable. I can assure you we're listening and you're not alone with your frustrations. I will merge this topic with another asking for similar improvements to the Voice Narration feature.

Hopefully as Camtasia Studio 8 evolves it will continue to fulfill your needs.

-Steven