Is there a way to listen on headphones while recording system audio?

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I want to record a webinar including capturing system audio.  However, since there are others in the same room, I want to be able to listen on my headphones at the same time.  I have no problem recording when the headphones are unplugged but no sound is recorded when I plug them in.  
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Rick Stone

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Hi Mike

I use headphones all the time without issue. Do they connect via USB? If so, maybe you have a combination headset microphone type of headphones. And if that's the case, you might find that Camtasia is "listening" to the mic on the headphones and perhaps it's not working or needs the volume set.

If you have one of those weird "single" inputs for the audio card, maybe you have basic headphones and it's triggering the audio input as well.

Bottom line is to check the mic input on the recorder to ensure proper selection.

Cheers... Rick :)
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I'm Listening to thw webinar rather than presenting it so theres no microphone involved. I want the system audio recorded while I listen on headphones ($400 non-USB). If I unplug the headphones -- even if I mute the sound -- everything records fine. The priblem is others in the room dont want to hear it. But when I plug headphones in no sound is recorded. I need to be listening because I have to click on buttons to keep the webinar going but I dont know when to press the buttons if I can't hear.
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Hi Mike

My point with the combination headset was that I recently purchased a Logitech headset that has a microphone tucked up near the earpad. Despite only having recorded or used the mic a handful of times (where I folded it back into the "out of the way" position) there was a small wire inside the headset that apparently worked itself until it broke. (I'm currently waiting on a replacement). So I had a microphone, but it no longer works. So my thought was that maybe something like this had happened to you.

Anyhoo, I just tested with my headphones connected to my headphone/speaker output. Sound definitely cuts off from the laptop speakers when I do that, but Camtasia still records system audio for me. (I played a YouTube to test).

Have you examined the "Mixer" settings? (Right-Click the Volume control and look at the options there. I know that Camtasia wasn't sensing a mic I was using and I had to do that in order to coax it to "listen".

Cheers... Rick :)
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Definitely do a practice run, Mike. I've been bitten by not testing with the software package: it's best to make sure you can get everything to work well and as expected before going live with your audience.
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Exactly--thats why I know it doesnt work
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There's one workaround I use (for other reasons), Mike. If your webinar package allows you to record the webinar, you can sometimes convert it for Camtasia or simply record the playback. It does take an additional step, but this has been the best solution for some situations.

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