Have you ensured that no other audio clips are on the Narration audio track on your timeline?
Also, I'm confused when you say: "It usually places the narration down in the timeline. For some reason it won't add the narration to my narration line. "
Is it adding narration clips to your timeline or not?
Nothing in the narration line. I've also tried recording at different points in my 4 min movie.
It's been a while since I've recorded a narration, but in the past, when I recorded a narration, it would place it in the timeline. It is not placing it in the timeline now. I can see the volume bar recognize my voice when I record and the marker moves a long the timeline as I'm recording.
Can you post a screen capture of your timeline so we can see what it looks like after you've recorded narration?
Thanks for the screen caps.
I can't tell from the captures, however, if your timeline includes more audio and/or video tracks than are currently seen. Is there a scroll bar on the right end of the timeline? If so, scroll up to see if there are tracks above Audio 1 and Video 1 where your narration might be appearing.
Otherwise, I can't say.
Figured it out. Not sure what this is called, but there's a light grey sliding bar that appears above all the audio and video (just below the actual time at the top). When you open a new file, it seems to default to maybe 10 seconds worth. Somehow that bar had been resized to almost nothing and I couldn't see it. I figured it out when I tried moving the marker in the middle of my movie and recording, it automatically reverted back to the very beginning of my movie each time.
Just so I can sleep at night, what is that light grey bar?
Thanks for all the help!
Very good troubleshooting!
That bar is called a Work Area Bar. It designates a segment of your timeline. You can output as a video, for instance, only the Work Area Bar. When you render your timeline, only the portion under the Work Area Bar will render. And, as youv'e seen, some things (like narration) won't apply outside the Work Area.
By default, the Work Area Bar should expand and contract to cover your entire project as you work. Version 8 has a bug in it though: If you manually set the Work Area Bar, it remains as you've set it and will no longer cover your entire project's timeline. Unfortunately, you were a victim of that bug.
Glad you got it figured out though!
To reset the Work Area Bar so that it covers your entire project, press the \ key (above the Enter key) to display your entire project timeline, then double-click on the Work Area Bar.