How to Make Camtasia Record Audio in FL Studio,
Are you stuck trying to figure out Camtasia to record ASIO Drivers within your DAW? Well, in this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to set up Camtasia 8 with FL Studio to record your audio/beats.
This is also going to be a bit of a review towards Camtasia as well, so if you have a cracked version because you were unsure of buying it, maybe it will make you want support their company, and end up purchasing it. 😉
First, Camtasia is such a great tool to get your ideas out there to teach. YouTube also has a great platform to make a bit of revenue, if you’re videos are enjoyable to watch, actually teach something, and people find them useful. So these two tools come hand-in hand. One free, which brings in some revenue (YouTube), and one paid, but is very powerful, and tremendously advances what you’re trying to build (Camtasia). And hey, who knows, if you’re videos take off, that money can pay for Camtasia itself! That’s business right? Invest to make more money!
Camtasia has relieved my headaches of figuring out work arounds with open source software, such as cam studio, virtualdub etc. Camtasia is that awesome platform that is close to doing everything I want it to. The only things that are missing in Camtasia is the ability to record the ASIO drivers, and plugin support to use EQ’s, compressors etc. within the video editor itself.
One thing that I scratch my head over is that Cam Studio allows for ASIO recording, which is an open source software, meaning there is usually no funding provided, and Techsmith, which has a solid foundation still struggles to release a patch for use of ASIO Drivers? — Hey, maybe they’ll do something about it if you leave your thoughts towards ASIO Drivers in the comments!
Setting Up Camtasia 8 to Record FL Studio Audio,
Since Camtasia cannot record ASIO, we have to find some work arounds inside FL Studio if you want to use the performance that the ASIO driver brings.
We do that with Edison. However, this is a bit finicky as well, now having to sync up vocals, look after more recordings at the same time, and it creates more space on your computer with the extra files etc. I’ll go over Edison in a moment. Let’s first go over the the basic way, which I usually do for tutorials, as it’s easiest.
Camtasia 8 — FL Studio — Primary Driver / Audio Interface’s Driver,
If you simply select the primary driver, that is on your mother board, or the Line Out option of your audio interface (not ASIO), you will see that the performance this has to offer to create music is.. horrible.
After about 5 instruments, and a pretty full percussion loop, you’ll start getting underruns (those clicks and pops within the audio, which sound bad!). And that’s with a solid computer, imagine an older computer!
I like to try and get away with recording the basic way because it’s so easy. Simply install Camtasia 8, open up Camtasia’s recorder, select your audio options (microphone and system audio), hit record, and it’s all about your live performance! 😉
Primary Driver on Camtasia = Synced Vocals,
Now, when it comes time to video edit, it’s made very easy by Techsmith, Camtasia’s creators. Everything is in sync, the video and audio line up perfectly (most of the time).
However, like most things in life, there’s usually a pro and con to things, deciding which route to take, figuring out which pro gives you better performance, and outweighs the con.
In our case, this con is the poor performance inside your DAW, FL Studio. It leaves you boosting up your buffer size quite high, but in return for video and audio that is synced for you, and makes editing the video very easy. Just quick edits when you’ve screwed up while recording!
Using Asio Drivers in Camtasia 8 (The FL Studio Way),
Edison was the candidate, and took the job.
By recording through Edison while screen capturing with Camtasia, you are able to use your ASIO Drivers. Record your voice into one Edison, the instrumental into another Edison, and capture the screen from Camtasia. It offers, by far, the most flexibility screen capturing has to offer, since it allows for good performance in your music program with the ASIO driver, you have all the separate files to edit, but it does require more work to get the job done.
I’ve found myself screwing up quite a few times while doing tutorials like this however, as you have to manage more than just the one recording. You now have to look after the recording of the instrumental, a recording of the vocal, and then come video editing time, sync everything up! (Which takes time to do!).
The extra audio files do create some extra space and inconvenience as well, but again, it comes down to that pro and con. Is the performance of a smooth, fast DAW experience what you’re after? Or just a place to talk and share your tutorial?
I’ve been able to get away with quite a lot within FL Studio while recording with just the primary driver. This comes down to not just having a good computer, but setting up my tutorial in such a way where I don’t need tons of CPU/performance using the primary driver.
So think ahead with before your tutorial on how to make it easiest to teach, and get a smooth performance out of it all!
Macros -> Switch Smart Disable for ALL PLUGINS,
If you’re in FL Studio, Image-Line has created a real cool feature.
What this does is turns the plugins off that are not in use. For example, if you have a chorus playing, most, if not all of the plugins are being used! But what about in the verse? The plugins are probably not being used in the verses, but are taking up CPU from maybe just being on? (Or however that works).
So what Image-Line has done, the creators of FL Studio, is created Switch Smart Disable for ALL PLUGINS. It disables all the plugins when they are not in use. Therefore, allowing a lot more performance out of your computer while using these primary drivers! (Perfect for tutorials, and big mixes!).
Is Camtasia Worth Buying?
Honestly, I’d say yes. But it all comes down to your situation, and what you are wanting to use it for.
Are you using Camtasia for just one or two tutorials? Do you want to create a website like Beatstruggles to teach through videos?
Are you planning on teaching on more than just audio production? Do you need a nice video editor?
Do you have the time to record, edit, and promote the videos? — What about audio equipment? Would you end up buying a better microphone to get a higher quality video?
For me, since I’m an artist/producer, I’ve had a lot of the tools already, and Camtasia was just a great addition that fit into what I had.
So keep in mind, after purchasing Camtasia, to get above average quality, you may have to invest in a few more things, such as a better mic ($50-100) — The Blue Snowball is probably a great choice :).
Overall, the video editor is great. For this tutorial, the video editor gave me no problems at all. However, for a tutorial like this, it did. (I used tons of images, a DSLR HD footage, lots of chops/edits to get the wording right, and was just overall real hard on the editor).
Hopefully this gets Camtasia working great with your DAW, not just FL Studio.
If you want Camtasia to work hard at releasing a patch for ASIO Driver support, just say so in the comments!