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What Are the Best Audio Settings While Preparing Video Tutorials?

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If you are using Camtasia Recorder and Camtasia Studio to prepare educational videos for production environments, it is always a good idea to use the built-in Volume Leveling option and keep it to Medium or Low volume variation in order to get the optimum audio output.

Once you enable the Volume Leveling in the Camtasia Studio, you can then use the universal levelling bar available in the audio track in the timeline and increase or decrease the volume level as per your needs and for consistency.

As with other Camtasia settings, even this one also does not require any administrative intervention, and therefore even a standard user who does not have any administrative rights can perform the audio leveling task without any hassles.

By following the instructions given in this tutorial, you will learn how to make a recorded audio consistent to the audience without having any professional training, or being very cautious about the volume leveling while speaking into the microphone. Even though Camtasia allows users to make several sophisticated modifications in the audio and video files, it is always a good idea to use a good quality microphone to record the audio. If the input of the audio is clear, the output quality would be appreciable as well.

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Since no administrative intervention is required, log on to the computer using any account (non-administrator or administrator account).

  2. Double-click the Camtasia Studio icon to initialize the program.

  3. Using the Import media option on the opened interface, import the movie file that is to be modified and in which the audio leveling is to be adjusted.



  4. Once added in the Clip Bin of the interface, drag the file down to the timeline.

  5. From the buttons available at the top of the timeline, click Audio.

  6. From the available options in the top left portion of the interface, check the Enable volume leveling checkbox.

  7. From the Volume variation drop-down list, ensure that the Medium volume variation option is selected.



  8. In the timeline, if required, magnifying slider or click the button with the magnifying glass as its symbol to zoom in to the audio and video tracks.

  9. After zooming, grab the horizontal bar in green color in the timeline, and drag it up or down to adjust the volume leveling. Make sure that the highest audio wave in the timeline reaches the horizontal dashed line that started getting displayed as soon as the volume leveling was enabled.



  10. Once the above audio settings are configured, make other required adjustments to the project and produce the final output.

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