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
|0:50||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|