We need synced audio playback during screen recording!

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Hi! I make tons of tutorial videos, often working along with pre-recorded voiceovers. So, when I'm doing my (mostly mobile device) screen recording, I need to follow the rhythm of the voiceover. At the moment, I have to open another media player, start recording in Camtasia, go back to the media player and start the voiceover, record the take, then edit my recording down to sync.

Given that often many takes are necessary to get the moves just right, this makes my workflow a pain. I'd like to lobby for the ability to play any audio track that's already in Camtasia while screen recording, automatically. Just select the audio clip, press record, and screen record in sync. This would remove all possibility of bad sync, and smooth the process significantly.
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George C

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Hey George, 

It sounds like your workflow is reversed from that which the product already supports.

I think many people record their screen and voice in an initial "take"

People are rarely upset with the screen recording part, so that part usually stays.

People are quite frequently unhappy with their vocal performance, the sound of the keyboard and mouse clicking etc.. so it's very common for people to want to re-do the voiceover piece.

Camtasia supports this beautifully via File-> New Voice narration.

Camtasia will automatically play the video when you hit "Start voice recording" and your recording is added to the timeline and synced perfectly,  - you can even do this for short segments in a longer timeline.


It sounds as if you're doing the exact opposite workflow: 
Starting with a recorded narration track and trying to record screen movements to match what your narrator is saying?

- Jack
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George C

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Yes, that's the case. For the stuff I'm doing, I'm often starting with a recorded voiceover (from a VO artist), then I'm matching the timing of that as I perform actions in the software (typically on a phone, recording into Camtasia).  Kind of a funny workflow but it's just how it tends to happen at my company.
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@George C, may I suggest that you add the pre-recorded audio to your Camtasia project, and then just adjust the video and/or audio timing in Camtasia as needed.  That seems to me to be much faster than doing multiple takes at screen recording just to match the VO.
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You may grow old waiting for that functionality to be added to Camtasia.

I have a suggestion that may or may not work for you. Use an I-phone or mp3 player to listen to the audio track.
Hit play at the same time Camtasia starts recording.