Advanced Screencasting: Editing Narration in Audacity Tutorial

For most TechSmith tutorials, the narration track is actually recorded first with a handheld microphone or a podcaster USB microphone that feeds straight into Audacity (an open-source audio editor). From there, the track is exported as a .wav file that can later be brought into any Camtasia project. Over time, I’ve developed a very specific process for polishing the narration.

This process is a series of small techniques that I’ve come across on my own as a result of intuition and dumb luck. So, with the friendly disclaimer that I really have no idea whether this is the 100% absolute best way to edit narration in Audacity, I proudly present to you my personal workflow, full of small tricks and an overbearing attention to detail.

Because this is a longer tutorial than I typically share, I’ve provided a detailed table of contents below so you can see what‘s covered in this video.

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Table of Contents

0:00 Intro
0:50 How to change the Audacity project rate
1:15 How to split a stereo track to mono
1:30 How to find and copy white noise
2:15 How to make a new track
2:25 How to paste white noise end-to-end
3:30 How to use white noise throughout a track
5:22 How to paste white noise over existing audio
6:40 How to eliminate breaths and mouth clicks
8:53 How to quiet noises in between words
10:24 How to use the Amplify effect in Audacity
10:46 How to repeat an effect
11:27 How to adjust the volume of words or phrases
13:13 How to reduce or remove white noise
14:47 How to export audio from Audacity to use in Camtasia Studio
15:10 Outro