Recording audio

May 5, 2016
Audio recording

By default, Snagit records microphone audio and system audio in the video. You can turn the audio recording on or off while recording a video.

Recording Microphone Audio

Snagit can record audio from your computer's microphone or a USB microphone. Microphone audio is recorded by default.

Turn Microphone Audio On or Off During a Recording

  1. Start by selecting an area of the screen to record.
  2. On the recording toolbar, click the Microphone Audio button to turn microphone recording on or off.

Change the Microphone Settings

  1. Click the Preferences button.
  2. On the Advanced tab, select an audio device from the Microphone dropdown.
  3. To test that the selected device is on and connected, speak as you would during recording. The Input level should move as you speak.

To troubleshoot a recording device issue, check the input levels in the Windows Control Panel > Sound dialog.

Recording System Audio

System audio is the sound from your computer such as mouse clicks, application alerts, audio playing from your speakers, etc. System audio is recorded by default.

Turn System Audio On or Off During a Recording

  1. On the recording toolbar, click the System Audio button to turn system audio recording on or off.

Audio Recording Tips

  • Practice Using a Microphone
    Experiment with different volume levels and different microphone placement. Six inches from the microphone is usually good to record full tones, but not too close that other noises interfere.
  • Record in a Quiet Location
    Any microphone can pick up nearby noises. Most office areas have a lot of background noise that you may or may not notice. Take a second and listen. What do you hear?
  • Block the Computer’s Humming Sound 

    Build a small box lined with foam to put your microphone in as you record, use pillows or blankets to muffle the noise, or cover your head with the blanket.
  • Use a Script 

    A script helps you produce the best audio by allowing you to avoid mistakes or saying um or uh. If you do not want a formal presentation, an outline can help reduce some mistakes.
  • Project and Enunciate 

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