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Edit snagit video and audio separately in camtasia

I have an MP4 video that I created in the latest version of Techsmith SnagIT that I thought would seamlessly transfer to Techsmith Camtasia, but unfortunately, all I get is the MP4 and what I need are separate tracks.

Is there any free way to accomplish this so that the video and the audio can both be used in Camtasia?


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Scott Fell had reminded me and other Experts about the free Video Editor in Windows https://www.experts-exchange.com/questions/29223462/Is-there-a-way-of-removing-a-section-of-a-video-file.html#a43333195 A few other editors are mentioned in that post such as OpenShot and OBS Studio has been used by Hello There. You may even be able to use VLC or I have heard some fellow Experts use Audacity also, it may have been David Favor. Possibly, one of those 3 would separate it. I used to use Windows Movie Maker. I now use Screencast-O-Matic - which has a free limited editor for videos too and Wondershare Filmora. Camtasia is not my favorite.

I would recommend checking out Audacity first perhaps per this unsure on whether its current https://manual.audacityteam.org/man/splitting_a_recording_into_separate_tracks.html. I will try to test on a workstation, but I no longer use Camtasia, and its been a few years since I have used their new version\design changes.
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How you do this depends on how the footage was recorded.

1) If each person on recording has their own track assigned, this is trivial.

a) Extract each audio into a separate file.

b) Run audio-normalize or ffmpeg across all tracks to "normalize" their loudness level to the EBUR-128 broadcast standard, so all audio tracks are the same level.

c) Remix the video + normalized audio tracks back into the final video.

2) If you have many people mixed down into a stereoized mono track (both left + right channels are identical) or a stereo track (different people on left + right channel)... then...

Can these people be separated into their own tracks? Yes.

Will it be time consuming + expensive? Yes.

Is their any software that can do a good job of this... without manual editing? Unlikely.

Will audio quality drop very low on finalized/mastered product? Very likely.

Once you've split the audio, you'll run the normalize + remix steps out of #1 above.

3) If you plan on having many people on a recording, arrange for the raw recording to be done using 1x person/track initial recording for best quality + automated leveling/editing/remixing...

4) Can Camtasia or any cheap/free tool do this? Unlikely.

5) If you have 1000s of hours of footage like this to unravel... along with the time/budget/will/expertise required for a long term project...

If the number of voices is low + vocal intonation of each speaker unique, you might be able to write a sox or ffmpeg script to pre-process your mixed audio track into separate speakers.

You'll still likely have to review the output of your script + make some... maybe many... manual edits... and if you start with a script, this will dramatically reduce time/clip footage you'll invest to edit each .mp4 file.
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Tip: After you work with type of project for a while, you'll start arranging for all your audio tracks to be recorded as 1x person/track, as this saves massive amounts of time + headaches... if at any point in the future, you'll be publishing a recording...

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