how to capture audio with video on my presentation on dell windows 7 laptop

Hi,

I want record a video of technical presentation on my dell windows 7 laptop and send to some one. What is the best free/less expensive tools that capture my laptop screen while i explain and navigate and same time capture my audio as well. Please advvise
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Consider Camtasia (TechSmith). Not free, but top of class. You need a good microphone more than anything. The microphone built into my laptop is not great and I use a Blue Snowball microphone which is much better.
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
I've been very pleased with Screencast-O-Matic:
http://www.screencast-o-matic.com/

I started out with their Free version and liked it well enough to go with their Pro version, which is just $15/year (I actually went for three years at $29). The trial version is limited to 15 minutes and places a watermark in the lower left, which can be very bothersome. I used it to record ten 5-minute video Micro Tutorials here at EE. The first three were with the Free version — here's one:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/VP_208.html

The next seven were with the Pro version — here's one:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/VP_217.html

The main reason I went with the Pro version is that the watermark was blocking important stuff.

Here are some other possibilities for you:

(1) I've used the free version of WisdomSoft's AutoScreenRecorder:
http://www.wisdom-soft.com/products/autoscreenrecorder_free.htm

It works very well and I didn't have a need for the features of its Pro (paid) version, but if I had, I think that the $49.95 price is reasonable, and based on the quality of the free version, I wouldn't hesitate to go for the Pro version. Here's a comparison matrix of the Free vs. Pro versions:
http://www.wisdom-soft.com/asr/asr_compare.htm

You can decide which one satisfies your needs. Of course, you may as well start with the free version and see if it works for you. That's what I did and I was very happy with it before moving to Screencast-O-Matic.

(2) CamStudio is free, open source software at SourceForge:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/camstudio/

It allows recording all screen and audio activity, creating industry-standard AVI video files. It also has a built-in streaming Flash producer to convert the AVIs into SWFs. If you have any problems with it, take a look at the Issues section at its own website:
http://camstudio.org/

(3) FFVideo is also free, open source software at SourceForge:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/ffvideo/

It allows recording from screen, audio, webcam, microphone, and other devices. It uses the [ffmpeg] screen-capture-recorder as its recording engine:
https://github.com/rdp/screen-capture-recorder-to-video-windows-free

[ffmpeg] provides for a number of output formats, including MP4. It is also free, open source and available at SourceForge:
https://sourceforge.net/projects/screencapturer/files

(4) Atomi Systems' ActivePresenter comes in Free, Standard, and Professional Editions:
http://atomisystems.com/activepresenter/

Even the Free edition can capture an application, specified screen area, or full screen (both manually and automatically). The Free edition supports audio recording and audio/video editing. It has no time limit and creates no watermark. Here's a comparison table of the three editions:
http://atomisystems.com/activepresenter/features-comparison/

Unlike AutoScreenRecorder and Screencast-O-Matic, where the non-free edition is reasonably priced, the non-free editions of ActivePresenter are expensive – $299 for Standard and $399 for Professional.

(5) TechSmith is best known for its excellent Snagit product, but they also have two products in the video recording space — the basic, low-end Jing (free) and the robust, high-end Camtasia (expensive at $299):
http://www.techsmith.com/jing.html
http://www.techsmith.com/camtasia.html

I haven't used either, but have heard good things about both and am simply passing them along for your consideration.

(6) Problem Steps Recorder is free, built into Windows:
http://windows.microsoft.com/is-IS/windows7/How-do-I-use-Problem-Steps-Recorder

However, I don't think there's any control over what part of the screen it records. I could be wrong about that, but in my attempts to use it, it always recorded the entire screen — in fact, multiple displays, which I have. I don't know exactly what you are looking for, but in my case, I had two large monitors in an extended desktop configuration (three now), and Problem Steps Recorder recorded everything on both of them, which I usually did not want. I'm typically interested in just one program (window) being recorded and both AutoScreenRecorder Free and Screencast-O-Matic Free can do that.

It all comes down to which product meets your exact requirements. Regards, Joe
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gudii9Author Commented:
The microphone built into my laptop is not great

mine also not good. I always confuse with selecting and setting up that. Says use both mike and microphone etc in setting. Any good link to figure that and test it out?

I want start with free ones for time being.

I have to choose between

(2) CamStudio is free, open source software at SourceForge:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/camstudio/

It allows recording all screen and audio activity, creating industry-standard AVI video files. It also has a built-in streaming Flash producer to convert the AVIs into SWFs. If you have any problems with it, take a look at the Issues section at its own website:
http://camstudio.org/

(3) FFVideo is also free, open source software at SourceForge:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/ffvideo/
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I always confuse with selecting and setting up that. Says use both mike and microphone etc in setting. Any good link to figure that and test it out?

Just use Control Panel, Sound and make sure your Microphone is connected and the sound is working. Test in Control Panel.

I strongly suggest a good microphone or your produced file will not be good.
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gudii9Author Commented:
(2) CamStudio is free, open source software at SourceForge:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/camstudio/

It allows recording all screen and audio activity, creating industry-standard AVI video files. It also has a built-in streaming Flash producer to convert the AVIs into SWFs. If you have any problems with it, take a look at the Issues section at its own website:
http://camstudio.org/

(3) FFVideo is also free, open source software at SourceForge:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/ffvideo/

my laptop mcaffee blocking from downloading saying quantifying threat etc.

Any safe links to download above two?
please advise
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gudii9Author Commented:
http://download.cnet.com/CamStudio/3000-13633_4-10067101.html

i was checking above and lot of advertisements and lot of unnecessary download links, buttons. Not sure which button to click. please advise
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
For CamStudio, don't download it from Cnet or from any other site. Download it from its own site:
http://camstudio.org/

Click the big green Download button there. It will download a single file called <camstudio.exe>. I haven't installed it recently, but if it offers any other software in addition to CamStudio, decline it. As a side comment, I don't download anything from Cnet these days.

For FFVideo, this link will download <FFVideo.zip>:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/ffvideo/files/latest/download

I scanned <camstudio.exe> and <FFVideo.zip> with the latest versions and up-to-date databases of both MSE and MBAM — both scans came up clean. I believe they're safe, but you'll have to make that decision for yourself. Regards, Joe
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MereteCommented:
Yes I get that as well and since I just installed Cam Studio with the loss less codec on my other system yesterday definitely only use the sourceforge that is MSI installer.
I get blocked using this web page as well>http://camstudio.org/
Use this one
http://sourceforge.net/projects/camstudio/
and get the lossless codec from here download and install first to the same folder then install Cam studio
http://camstudio.org/
Setup cam studio to use Lossless codec in the Options>video options
and set the audio
now set the keyboard shortcuts to use F8 start/pause F9 to stop
Options>program options don't let it play once you stop as this can cause a crash disable that, below
keyboard shortcuts
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gudii9Author Commented:
Click the big green Download button there. It will download a single file called <camstudio.exe>

can you please provide screenshot highlighting exact green button you are referring , there are lot of buttons which puts junk on the computer many times.
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Here's the page at <http://camstudio.org/>:

CamStudio home page
Regards, Joe
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gudii9Author Commented:
Green button with DOWNLOAD at the middle towards bottom?Not that link below though right?
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
NEW APPROACH! Since the product is free, the author may be making money by offering to install other products, for which he gets paid. Most authors who do this have the installer allow you to decline all of the other software, but I don't know if that's the case with CamStudio. A search at the CamStudio forum turns up some disturbing threads:
http://camstudio.org/forum/search?Search=malware

Indeed, when I ran the <camstudio.exe> installer, MBAM detected PUPs. I did not proceed to see if the installer allows not installing the PUPs. So I recommend a different approach — use the installer at SourceForge:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/camstudio/files/latest/download

I ran this and here's the first dialog:

CamStudio at SourceForge
It then offers three optional products, each with a dialog:

Decline offers
DECLINE all of them! After declining the last optional product, you will get the install wizard just for CamStudio and it will be the only product installed. I just did it — no problems! Regards, Joe
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gudii9Author Commented:
i installed camstudio but when i recor audio not working even though video is fine. I selected  'select audio from Microphone' but not working.
please advise
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Look in Control Panel, Sound, Recording tab. What do you see?  That is where I set up sound for Camtasia.
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MereteCommented:
You may need to check you have enabled stereo mix
Rightclick the the speaker icon on the taskbar then recording devices, rightclick anywhere and tick to show disabled and disconnected devices you should see stereo mix now apply and ok
stereomixIn Cam studio open options >audio options >audio options for microphone insure the stereo mix is listed
Audio options for microphone
audio options for microphonedo a test
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
> audio not working even though video is fine

It's probably just a matter of picking the right microphone option (assuming, of course, that your microphone hardware is working). Try this:

Options
Audio Options
Audio Options for Microphone
Click Audio Capture Device drop-down.

You'll see something like this:

Audio Capture Device
On my system, both Default input device and External Mic work fine (of course, I have an external mic plugged in). Try all of the drop-down choices it shows — one of them is bound to work for you, if you have working microphone hardware. Regards, Joe
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gudii9Author Commented:
assuming, of course, that your microphone hardware is working

i doubt my hardware works or not. Earlier i tried tried and gave up. But when i purchase techsmith that time which did work with that soft ware though.

How do i test my hard ware?
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
There's a very simple sound recorder app built into W7. You may get to it via:

All Programs
Accessories
Sound Recorder

This is an easy way to test if your mic hardware is working. Another way to test it is:

Control Panel
Sound
Recording

Each recording device will have a sound meter showing green bars going up and down as you speak into the mic:

test mic
If the green bars move when you talk into the mic, it is working; if they don't, it is not working. Regards, Joe
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gudii9Author Commented:
the problem with my laptop is upgraded from winows vista to windows 7. some drivers something messed up. i will double check
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Yes, drivers can be a huge issue on any OS upgrade. In particular, I have found the audio driver and the laptop touchpad driver to be the two most problematic when upgrading the OS. For example, when I installed the Windows 10 Technical Preview on a laptop, the only two drivers that I had to manually install were Realtek audio and Synaptics touchpad. There's a good chance that your upgrade from Vista to W7 needs a new audio driver in order to get your microphone working. Regards, Joe
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MereteCommented:
Did you enable the stereomix first then select the default device in Cam Studio?
Do you see the stereomix?
Are you seeing an error message? such as WaveoutGetSelectControl()failed. after you have enabled record audio?
It means that CamStudio (for whatever reason) isn't able to find the line needed to record audio from the speaker and then generates that error message.
I have seen this happen with laptops and the mic line shared with the speakers.
One Way to get round this if it is the same problem was to install virtual sound recorder called Total Recorder, it has a fully functioning trail you can test
http://www.totalrecorder.com/capture_sound.htm
costs only 17.95
http://www.totalrecorder.com/productfr_tr.htm
Check if your sound card has a control panel

How to fix CamStudio's 'waveoutgetselectcontrol failed'
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hk7V56uaRIk
How to Bypass WaveoutGetSelectControl() camstudio error or how to record audio using camstudio
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01R1X-Ak1qM
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gudii9Author Commented:
i am away from laptop for next few days. I will check and let you know soon.
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Sounds good...no rush here. Regards, Joe
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gudii9Author Commented:
i did sysco web ex meeting this morning on the same laptop and other people cannot hear what i say as mike seems not working. Then i have
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MereteCommented:
Do a test gudii9
Look in the recording tab and make the mic default.  Right click it make default
You should see those green bars indicating levels are active.
Go to properties to adjust volume
If those green bars are not showing at all, may I ask what type of mic is it?
Is is a mic or a headset with mic?
Are you using the speakers inbuilt into your laptop.
Just so I cam see in my head what are you referring to> and other people cannot hear what i say < where are they?
Are you using the web cam built into your laptop?
Test a WebEx meeting on your device.
http://www.webex.com/test-meeting.html
What is the make of your laptop
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
> people cannot hear what i say as mike seems not working

Please re-read these two posts:
http:#a41188345
http:#a41195425
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gudii9Author Commented:
Options
Audio Options
Audio Options for Microphone
Click Audio Capture Device drop-down.

how to go to options.

please advise.
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gudii9Author Commented:
winows 7 ultimate service pack is my OS
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gudii9Author Commented:
There's a very simple sound recorder app built into W7. You may get to it via:

All Programs
Accessories
Sound Recorder

i do not see accessories under all programs thugh. please advise
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gudii9Author Commented:
This is an easy way to test if your mic hardware is working. Another way to test it is:

Control Panel
Sound
Recording

not able to find sound under control panel either
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gudii9Author Commented:
Look in the recording tab and make the mic default.

where can i find recording tab?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Recording Tab is in Control Panel, Sounds and is one of the tabs.
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gudii9Author Commented:
i see like
controlpanel.png
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
What is under Manage Audio Devices? And then maybe the microphone hardware is defective.
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gudii9Author Commented:
wheni search on recording under contrl panel i see like
recording.png
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gudii9Author Commented:
under manage audio it shows
manage.png
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gudii9Author Commented:
i see recording tab now which is like
recording2.png
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
In your last screenshot, I see a Recording tab!   What is there?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
So have you set your presentation to use the Default mike?  I know with my setup, if I attach another mike, I have to select it in the presentation or whatever I am using.
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gudii9Author Commented:
i do not see green bars when i speak to mike though.
please advise

may be i shouold purchage external speaker with mike

https://www.google.com/search?q=speaker+with+mike&biw=1280&bih=675&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAmoVChMIw6-S_NCcyQIVh_M-Ch1IBwIc#imgrc=IO9h_sMQUu_R7M%3A
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I would certainly try another microphone.
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gudii9Author Commented:
if the default mike itself do not work if i purchage external mike as this link shows
https://www.google.com/search?q=speaker+with+mike&biw=1280&bih=675&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAmoVChMIw6-S_NCcyQIVh_M-Ch1IBwIc#imgrc=IO9h_sMQUu_R7M%3A
does it work?

please advise
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
When I plug in my Blue Snowball (external mike), it shows up in the Recording Tab and I can just select it when needed.

You should be able to do this for any external mike.
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gudii9Author Commented:
i will try that.
When i record my screen when playing say some movie on my laptop it does record both audio and video perfect. (if default inbuilt mike is bad it should not record movie right?).Not sure why it does not recognize my voice if i want to record some video presentation with my voice. It does not even show those test green bars when i speak at mike
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I have Camtasia, and so long as I use the default mike (or select it) and so long as microphones are working, the audio will record. At this point, I am testing the presentation and do not have control panel open.
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gudii9Author Commented:
movie recording and my presentation video recording uses different mikes?

please advise
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
It depends on your application. The application will either use the default mike (and so you have to it set in control panel, or, you can select it in the application.
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gudii9Author Commented:
It depends on your application. The application will either use the default mike
I used
http://applian.com/replay-video-capture/

that application did not ask me to choose anything. It is working by itself.
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
> how to go to options.
> please advise.

Run CamStudio
Click Options menu
Click Audio Options, then Audio Options for Microphone

> i do not see accessories under all programs thugh. please advise

Every W7 system should have an Accessories program group that looks something like this:

W7 Accessories
But if you don't have this, you can create your own shortcut to the Sound Recorder applet, as follows:

%SystemRoot%\system32\SoundRecorder.exe

For a standard W7 install, SystemRoot is C:\Windows so the shortcut would be:

C:\Windows\system32\SoundRecorder.exe

> not able to find sound under control panel either

That probably means you're viewing by Category. In the upper right of Control Panel, click the drop-down and select either Small or Large icons:

Control Panel
Then you'll see the Sound item (along with all the other items in Control Panel):

Sound
Regards, Joe
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MereteCommented:
Wow lots of emails.
gudii9
when your playing a movie with sound and you capture your desktop with movie playing and sound your pc is using  the speakers .
As you say here
movie recording and my presentation video recording uses different mikes?yes.

If you wanted to speak into a mic during this then you need to enable the mic as your default right click the speaker icon on your taskbar>recording device> make the mic default> then the capturing program will use your mic with the stereo mix.<what you hear.

when I do this I first enable the mic by right clicking the speaker icon on the taskbar and go to the recording devices.
recording devicesThen when I record my voice it includes what sounds are playing on the desktop.
In your snapshot you dont have the stereomix enabled in recording devices
show stereomix
In control panel you can click on the arrow next to control panel to show control panel all items
control panel all
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gudii9Author Commented:
In your snapshot you dont have the stereomix enabled in recording devices

how to enable this. I think i tried some thing but no luck yet?
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gudii9Author Commented:
movie recording and my presentation video recording uses different mikes?yes.

how to enable both? how to enable each one separately?

when i record movie i want mikeXYZ which records move voice.

when i record my own java presentation it should only record what i am speacking using mikeABC.
I do not know how to enable mikeXYZ and mikeABC separately and also combinedly?

my goal is prepare some technical presentation on java using my voice which i am not able to do yet
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MereteCommented:
movie recording and my presentation video recording uses different mikes?yes.
No!!!
When your playing any media with sound on your PC the sound usually comes out of the speakers by default.
So when you record using a capture tool with a mic,
 all and any of the background sounds coming from your desktop or in the room are included along with your voice at the Microphone.
The microphone is an external device not connected to your sound card.
The capture tool is the one that will record both your voice and the video with sound playing on your desktop.
No need to modify or set any  other device ,refs to>>when i record my own java presentation it should only record what i am speacking using mikeABC.

When you want to highlight certain areas I would use the capture tool ( recording tools options to zoom in and highlight those areas in the video playing on your desktop.)

Can you confirm the MIc is recording ok have you done a test recording?
which recording device ( capture) are you using?
The steps is to open to the video on your desktop, play it at full screen then start capturing it and speaking into your mic at the same time,
Then use the short keys to zoom in and zoom out to emphasize certain areas.
Here's an example of a capture with zoom and music playing in the background on the desktop with speaking into a mic.
Tutorial: Pan & Zoom with Cam Studio or any Screencast
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAMFriZMKjQ
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gudii9Author Commented:
Can you confirm the MIc is recording ok have you done a test recording?
which recording device ( capture) are you using?
i am using below tool bought from here

http://applian.com/replay-video-capture/

In your snapshot you dont have the stereomix enabled in recording devices

I do not see that option. How to get that option
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gudii9Author Commented:
Can you confirm the MIc is recording ok have you done a test recording?

i am not able to test. I do not know how to enable and test?
I just put below kind of speaker with mic

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B015O9OB6K?psc=1

i see that under 'Recording Device'

I spoke on that mic but it did not record my voice though
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gudii9Author Commented:
Every W7 system should have an Accessories program group that looks something like this:

i was finally able to find under

All Programs-->Accessories-->Recording Tool

i teste one test audio saying Test 123 and it did record my voice . I saved it to desk top. It saved as Tes.wma file. I playe again and it did play fine too.

This means my mike is working fine right?
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gudii9Author Commented:
i test recording my presentaion with my voice using camstudio. All worked perfect now.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Thanks for the update
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gudii9Author Commented:
i selected below attached option.

i wonder if i record movie from laptop using camstudio which mike option i have to choose. Hopefully same as attached here?


not sure why applian replay capture tool is not recording my voice where as it records movie along with sound very well
plantroncs.png
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gudii9Author Commented:
under Setting of
applian replay videocapture tool  i went to Audio Setup as attached. It has options as shown.

Not sure which to select to record sound i speak so that i can make presentation using that tool?
please advise
ApplianReplayVideoCapture.png
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gudii9Author Commented:
when i selected Dual as attached i see my plantronics device mike there.

But i do not want dual option. I want only my voice not the movie voice .
please advise how to record my screen with my voice alonne for presentation using applian tool
Dual.png
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gudii9Author Commented:
i clicked 5, 10 times and able to disable all check boxes and select at the bottom plantronics option which recorded screen and audio also well.
Dual2.png
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I am not sure about the middle picture but Plantronics is your default mike, so it should be the one used.

You can always change the default mike.
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MereteCommented:
Use only one capture tool camstudio or this applian.
 Is this what you want to use> applian video capture
Applian how to video must subscribe to them in order to watch
Youtube
How to Create High Quality Screen Capture Videos using Replay Video Capture
http://applian.com/support/videos/
Screen Recorder - Introduction to Replay Video Capture 6
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2Z4A5uzABw
When you capture with camstudio it should capture the audio with it.
When you capture with applian it should capture audio with it.
Use only one
Please advise which you wish to use to capture..
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MereteCommented:
Sorry I didn't see you had closed this, but that's okay hope the video help gudii9
Thankyou
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