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Camtasia Studio 6 Tutorial:How do I record system audio? (The sound that comes out of myspeakers)
For most screencasts, recording voice narration is most important. But what aboutcases when you want to record system audio? It can sometimes get a little trickyso this tutorial offers some troubleshooting tips and alternative work-arounds.Camtasia Studio may be able to detect and record your system audio (the soundthat comes out of your speakers), andselecting this option in the CamtasiaRecorderis the first thing to try. What if it doesn’t work? Well, there is still hope.Before we venture into troubleshooting, let us first consider the followingchallenges we’ll try to overcome.By default, Windows is set to record your internal microphone, or amicrophone attached to your sound card. If you want to record fromsomething other than your internal microphone, you need to configureCamtasia Studio, and may need to try additional changes in your WindowsControl Panel to record from alternative audio sources or devices.Not all computers record system audio in the same manner. There arenumerous sound cards with a range of capabilities and limitations as wellas a large difference between the way Windows XP and Windows Vista/7handles system sound. (Vista/7 users typically have more struggles.)It’s possible your computer (sound card, specifically) is simply not capableof recording system audio, in which case we offer some less-than-idealworkarounds, or you may wish to purchase a new sound card or buy a USBaudio mixer.
Select System Audio in Camtasia Recorder
In Camtasia Recorder (not in Camtasia Studio), select
Tools > Options > Audio(tab)
.One of two things will happen. If you are fortunate, you may have an option toselect alternative to the microphone audio input. Select an alternative and make apractice recording. The second possibility is that your screen will look somethinglike this:
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