What do you have your system volume set to?

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I'm constantly needing to lower background music to either less than 5% volume or gain. My computer volume is set to 100% since I'm trying to think of the viewers and thinking they may have their volume closer to 100%.

What's everyone else's experience?
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brussell

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Posted 7 months ago

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Joe Morgan

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50% system volume max should do it. Camtasia adds volume to recordings, dependent on your settings.

As an example.This is a concert recording that I recorded a segment using Camtasia at 50% system volume.
The original video is open in Adobe Audition below.The volume peaks around -10 db's.


Recorded and imported to Camtasia Timeline. than exported as a .wav file.



Imported to Audition and played back.



I was getting peaks of - 2 and 3 db's at times. If system audio were any higher. Clipping would have been occurring. Depending on what your recording. You may even want system audio to be a bit lower.

In most cases, media like this should be imported and not recorded in the first place.
 
If you use SnagIt, 40% system audio is better.

That's my take on it.

Regards,Joe
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David Demyan

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Exactly so. Wherever I edit or adjust levels, I aim for wave forms that fill about 50% of the visual height. So far, it has served me well.
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brussell

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Great advice. Thanks.