Turning Tracks On and Off Makes Asset Comparisons Easy!

audio clips in media binWhen options are available, making decisions can be hard. Believe it or not, the ability to turn tracks on and off — a feature of Camtasia for Mac 2.5 — can make the decision process easier and more efficient, at least when it comes to video editing. Let’s take background music, for example.

Now I don’t know about you, but I’ve found that I actually have to get the audio clip on my timeline and play it back with the video for context before I can give it a thumbs up or thumbs down. For people with previous versions of Camtasia for Mac, this can mean importing the audio clips, dragging one to the timeline, making adjustments as needed, playing it back a few times, deleting it, and then repeating the process with the next audio clip. That’s pretty time-consuming. And if they want to compare two audio clips one right after the other? They’ve probably got a duplicate copy of the project open or multiple instances of the same content in one project. That gets complicated.

But with the ability to turn tracks on and off, we can say goodbye to complexity and hello to more free time. So you have a lot of audio tracks that need to be tested against your video content. So what? Throw them all on your timeline, then turn off every audio track except for the one you want to hear. When you’re finished, turn that one off, and turn the next one on.

So, how exactly do I turn a track on or off?

Great question! I’m so glad you asked. There are two ways you can turn tracks on or off:

Option #1: Click the eye icon to the left of the track. It acts as a toggle, so when a track is on, the icon is gray and the track is bright.
turned on track
When a track is off, the icon is blue and the track is dimmed.
turned off track

Option #2: Control-click on a track and select Turn Track On or Turn Track Off from the context menu.
track context menu

Not just audio, but visuals, too.

Muting audio is not the only thing that happens when you turn a track off. If there are visual assets on the track, those are affected as well. This means you can effectively hide annotations and media during editing, and even keep them from showing up in your produced video.

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