We Need STEREO Audio Capture...

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STEREO audio capture is very important, especially for those of us who create tutorials and reviews for music production software. It would save up so much time and energy if you guys just allow us to capture our audio in STEREO!
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I just tested recording a stereo audio file and Camtasia correctly recorded in stereo.

I'm not sure that any computer hardware would understand how to deal with a stereo microphone though. Unless, perhaps, there are stereo mics that connect via USB. To my knowledge, most mics are mono.
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As Rick says, Camtasia already captures in stereo. I have done many a screen recording (with System Audio selected) in stereo, which is what I assume you mean by capture, and all my external camera recordings that I import into Camtasia, remain as stereo too. If you're not getting stereo, for some reason, I can only assume that it is to do with something else in your set-up. Perhaps if you described exactly what you do, and what equipment you use, etcetera, we in the community could be of more help.
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I'm using my Universal Audio Apollo 8 where everything in my studio is routed to...
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OK. Thanks Pete. I've looked this device up, and it sounds like you need to check your settings in the Apollo 8 first, then the settings in Mac or Windows, if you can't fix your issue. I can't see how Camtasia could be limiting your stereo sound in this scenario, unless the drivers have become corrupted, and you could need a repair install of Camtasia. If you're on Mac, then Camtasia probably hasn't been corrupted, but it can still happen extremely occasionally, so it's still worth a try. If you're on Windows though, which is very susceptible to these kinds of things, then it's much more more likely, and I'd probably try a repair install, both of Camtasia and the Apollo 8's drivers, before even looking into the Apollo 8's setup. Hope this helps. Let me know how you get on.

Cheers.

MJ.
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@Pete Marriott, if you have a studio full of gear routed through a $2000+ professional recording interface, you are likely to need far more audio recording capability than Camtasia can give you. I need more than it can give me, and all I have is a Yeti USB mic. 

Camtasia edits stereo and multi-track audio with no issues.
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Are you saying that the audio can be panned left or right within Camtasia (I have version 9, and haven't seen that feature) and will come out as stereo, or that it'll let you edit multiple audio tracks within a project but then still spits it out in mono? Thanks.
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There is no provision I've ever seen in Camtasia that allows manipulating audio in that way. However, if an audio clip is in stereo on a track and the Camtasia user hasn't specifically opted to enable the "Mix to mono" setting, the output WILL indeed contain the stereo track.

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Funny, I had experienced an imbalance when recording from a mic - most of the sound was on one channel.  Then I looked closely at the audio recording software, and realized that it habitually defaulted to a setting with 2/3 going R and 1/3 going L. It was a minor bug (in Roxio). No similar problem when recording in Audacity, but you have to ensure that Audacity's output is to your preference (mono or stereo).
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One of the most frustrating things I encounter on a regular basis is when I will watch a video presented by a freaking NEWS CHANNEL that has all audio on one channel.

Sheesh, one would think if anyone, they should know better!
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Very true Rick. On the BBC it only seems to happen occasionally in the local news segments. One other strange thing I've noticed in television programmes, is that sometimes, the surround sound seems to flick into a concert hall echo effect for a moment, when the sound shifts from one set of microphones to another. It sometimes happens on the BBC quiz show, Eggheads, when they cut back to the show's host. It doesn't happen all the time, just sometimes, which is plain weird.
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LMAO, as a total aside, I used to volunteer at a small church years ago. I operated a computer and created and presented graphics used during services. I worked in the media booth area and sat next to another volunteer working the sound board. There were perhaps three main volunteers for sound. 

One of them (I'll call him Bobby) was really bad at managing things and he would look at facebook or other things when Bobby should have been paying strict attention to what was going on. His normal practice was to mute the minister's microphone until the moment the minister approached the stage to speak. But on regular occasions he would be totally distracted, the minister would approach and begin speaking but nothing was coming out of the speakers. And Bobby would soon realize the mistake and un-mute the minister, who was visibly annoyed. 

Particularly on weekends, when my wife and I watch TV news, we notice the same things happening. And when we see them, we always smile or laugh and look at each other and say "Bobby must be running sound today!" I'm assuming weekends are when the "B" crew gets to work.
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Ha ha ha! Very good. I know what live sound operating is like, as I used it do it at school in our school theatre. You kind of do have to pay attention!