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Record audio all of the time

I would like to have something on my computer that records audio all of the time.

If it had the ability to also turn on video on an as-needed basis and then turn that part off, that would be good also, but that piece is not imperative.

Assistance is greatly appreciated.

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8/22/2022 - Mon

You can record audio by loading the Microsoft Voice Recorder app from the store (it is free).
As long as your microphone is connected and set as the default input device you should be able to just click record.
As for video it would depend on your webcam software. 
Ted Penner

The trouble is that I want it to automatically record without any user input.
Paul Sauvé

you can automatically open any app by placing the link in either of these folders:
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Start-Up
%userprofile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

unless the app you are using has an 'auto-start switch' to, you'll have to press Start...
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James Murphy

I'd op for a script that will do a longer ffmpeg command, because it will be able to record an hour (and a few seconds) of COMPRESSED audio, timestamped correctly by the script. Schedule this script at the start of the computer, and repeat every hour. The extra few seconds overlap will make sure you won't miss a second during the hourly break.
Ted Penner

Kim, what would the ffmpeg command look like in that scenario?

How would I implement that?

I got the voice recorder from here https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/windows-voice-recorder/9wzdncrfhwkn?activetab=pivot:overviewtab and installed it but I don't see where it's installed so at this point I don't yet know how I would execute a command to run it, or schedule it to run automatically.

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Paul Sauvé

Audacity has a Timer Record option... but there is no command line option
Timer Record operates in a manner similar to setting your digital video recorder or cassette recorder to make a scheduled recording.
The Timer Record setup dialog enables you to schedule when a recording begins and ends and optionally:
  • effect an Automatic Save Project or an automatic Export to any supported audio format, 
  • specify that Audacity closes or the computer shuts down on completion of the Timer Record.


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