How do I stop the keyboard sounds (when i am typing) from recording? On Windows laptop

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I'm a total beginner, sorry! How do I stop the sounds of my typing appearing in the video?
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lorna.mitchell

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Samarn Sumrith

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When you type. do not talk while typing. in editing process, separate video and audio, delete audio and use clip speed for speed up typing.
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lorna.mitchell

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Thank you. Good idea - just creates a lot of extra editing work i suppose. Bur probably worthwhile. 
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Joe Morgan

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Well, you may have to get creative.

I don’t use a laptop myself so my situation is different than yours. That being said.

I don’t know what kind of microphone you’re using? But depending upon where the microphone is placed, will determine how much keyboard noise/keyboard typing sounds it picks up.

If you’re using a built-in microphone on the laptop. It’s probably going to be very close to the keyboard and pick up those sounds quite easily. That is going to be an unavoidable consequence of using the onboard microphone. Unless you can separate the keyboard from the monitor.

I can tell you what works for me. I use a noise canceling microphone with a headset. The microphone is directional. Meaning it picks up noise from only one direction and it’s pointed at my mouth. My keyboard is a Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CYX26BC/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01__o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

the keys have a soft touch/feel when you press them. But they perform like an old-fashioned keyboard in that when you press them, there’s a specific amount of pressure you must apply to depress them. Then the key bottoms out and stays there, until you release pressure. Then it springs back up upon release.

This type of keyboard is noisier than some. Quieter than most gaming keyboards, but not quiet by any stretch of the imagination.

Getting back to the subject at hand. My microphone doesn’t pick up my typing. Not to any degree that I have noticed.

I decided to run a test this morning.

I ran five or six tests of 20 seconds in duration or so. I did not speak and only typed on my keyboard. I typed normally and played back the recording. I never heard myself typing while typing normally.

Then I tried typing faster than I am capable of typing. Typing gibberish and pressing the keys harder than I normally would. Once again, the microphone did not pick up the sound of my typing.

Then, I was pretty much abusing my keyboard and probably shouldn’t have even been doing it. Pounding the keys way more than anyone should. Well, the microphone did pick up that sound. It wasn’t extremely loud. But it was definitely there.

I’ve used this microphone in a room with a window air conditioner to my left and it doesn’t pick up the sound of the air conditioner and yet it picks up the sound of my voice just fine. The microphone is positioned on my left side 180 degrees away from the window air conditioner. I’ve always been blown away/impressed by the noise canceling capabilities of this microphone.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003VW41G8/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00__o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

but here’s the bottom line, any sound that reaches the microphone. The microphone can pick it up.

So by hook or crook, you have to find a way around that.

The image below should give you some perspective on my set up and how the microphone works for me. I went and grabbed a tape measure just now. When I’m using it, it is only 18 inches away from the keyboard when I’m using it.

I’m sure plenty of laptop users have some ideas of their own, that may be better than mine.

Regards, Joe






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I've been using a VXI Parrott TalkPro USB 100 headset (now sold under the Blue Parrot Brand) and I've had the same type of results as Joe. The mic is very directional and has noise cancelling that is surprisingly effective. I'm currently working from my home office on a busy street and typically have either a space heater or an air conditioner running in the background, and the mic never picks up the traffic or appliance noise. Frankly, I was pretty amazed and relieved to discover this, as I was expecting to have to attempt to soundproof the room, which would be difficult at best.

My particular model apparently isn't made anymore, but Blue Parrot offers several similar models for under $100, some of which are wireless. Mine is USB, which works great, but the lengthy cord can be a pain at times. I haven't tried any other brands, but the one that Joe uses apparently works really well.

That said, my normal workflow is to record the audio and video separately, then edit both to suit my needs. Over the past year of using Camtasia, I've gotten pretty adept at splitting tracks, extending frames and other editing techniques. If you're new to the product, it will become second nature after a while.
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lorna.mitchell

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thanks very much for that Brian. 
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lorna.mitchell

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Wow! Thanks for such a great reply. Really useful tips. I've got a Yeti USB microphone - so maybe I need to play around with the positioning etc of that.
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Ed Covney

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I started with a Yeti years ago - great sound recordings but pick up every tiny piece of back-ground noise. And it was as if the directional switch did nothing.
Now I use a headset with a small boom mic and I swing the mic either under my chin (louder) or above my glasses (softer). No keyboard, no fan noise. 
https://www.amazon.com/LANSING-STEREO-HEADSET-MICROPHONE-AHS322/dp/B000FKP4NI