What Is A Good Workflow For Adding My Narration from Script to Screen Capture in Camtasia?

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I would like to know a good way to record my narration audio from the script and create my screen capture by following the directions in the script. Any ideas? Can you help?
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You came to the right place. 

You talk to ten people in this forum who make Camtasia screencasts that use voiceover with screen recordings, and you'll probably get ten different workflows.

Here are my takeaways: 

Create a two-column script - one column for audio, one column for visual. This lets you group the voiceover with what you want to see on the screen, and allows you a bit of "Pre-Production" planning before you have to record your voiceover or screen. 

Record your voiceover and screen separately. I find it help to do one thing at a time. Also, I find it helpful to record your audio first. You can import the audio into your timeline and start laying down annotation/slides or screen recordings to flesh out your video. Your video and audio probably won't time out exactly the same; that's why there's extend frame and clip speed. 

When recording your screen. Go slow. Take your time. If you mess up, take a breath and try it again. Your viewer'll never be the wiser. 

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDliEq_0qeQ

Here's a great rundown of some of the concepts I talked about. 
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Thank you very much for your advice, Paul. When recording my voiceover is there a particular method that you find easier to sync with the screen capture? Would it be easier to record the audio in short clips, then create the captured video then repeat the process until the whole project is finished? Or some other method? What's your take?
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Great question. 

This is why I recommend the "two-column table scripting approaching that shows audio/visual" approach because it gives me a sense of how voiceover pairs with the on-screen elements.  Obviously, it's a no-brainer when it's step by step direction you're saying out loud, but it because it helps with intro/title slide and outro/call to action stuff. 

To your question, and I'm only describing my workflow. Here's a sample script - super basic, only to demonstrate my work process: 




- Record my voiceover (i.e, the audio column) in a separate program - audacity (free), Reaper, or adobe Auditon. 
I record it in one audio file so I can cut my mistakes out, apply any processing that I'm feeling brave enough to do, etc. 

- I render/export the audio file and import into Camtasia. 

- I could cut the audio into chunks - see how there are multiple rows for the audio that correspond with the visual? 

- From there, I'd look at the visual column and treat it as a shot list. I know my screen recording has to include these elements (also, you don't have to write out what you want to show if taking a quick snag is easier). 

You can record your screen in one go, or you can do it one part at a time. 

But then, I like to pair up the audio with the visuals, row by row. 

as far as the "synchronize", I like the visual to happen along with the dialogue or right after. 

I do not want my visuals ahead of my dialogue - personal preference. 



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Paul, thanks  again. the methods you provided are very helpful, it answered my question in a easy to understand way. I'm sure to use the advice. I especially found the information on how you use your "two-column table scripting approaching that shows audio/visual".  I had been using a two column script showing what should be happening on the screen in one column and the narration in the other. What I was not getting was how to actually use the script as an aid to lay down my audio tracks and video capture in the way you described which makes a lot of sense to me.

I do intend to do some more experimentation and hope to end up with something that really works for me. Again thank you so much for pointing me in the right direction.

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You're really welcome. The more you do this, the more you'll find the process that works the best for you. :) Happy Screencasting!