I want to record system audio with Snagit

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Is there a way to capture video from your screen with the audio that comes out of your speakers?
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Mike Curtis, Employee

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Hello Frank, you may be able to record your system audio. However, a quick disclaimer in that even if you can, it will be an all-or-nothing choice. Meaning, you will have to decide between mic OR system audio.

Snagit video is really focused on narrated video where editing isn't an option. Videos like informal tutorials, giving feedback, and lightweight demos. Camtasia and Camtasia for Mac are better suited when it comes to audio-related functionality.

I know you are on Windows, but for the benefit of others who may see this, I'll supply links to Mac and PC.

If you're on a Mac, you can do it with a 3rd party app called Soundflower.
On Windows it will depend on your OS, your sound card, etc.

There is more information in these knowledge base articles:

Mac: http://techsmith.custhelp.com/app/ans...

Windows: http://techsmith.custhelp.com/app/ans...

I hope this proves helpful.
Sincerely,
Mike Curtis
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Mike,

Thank you very much, the video I would be recording is an all or nothing type situation and I do not want to be able to edit it.
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In snagit, how do you record a video in a way that captures the sound coming out of the speakers as the video plays? I don't want to use a microphone.

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How to capture system audio with video (without microphone)?.
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To Mike Curtis:

I studied the link you provided above for Windows and unless I am misreading it, it does not really answer my question. It provides directions for making sure snagit can take input from the "default recording device" and explains how to make sure your mic is enabled and set as the "default recording device" but it does not explain how to get snagit to capture the sound directly without using the microphone.

In other words, I'm on a website, watching a video with sound, and I want to capture both the video and the sound. This website does not use standard flash video so I can't use the usual downloading tools like "download helper" or "ant video downloader."

If there is a way to do that it would be great to know it so I don't have to use a separate application.

Thanks,
David
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Hello David,

It's hard for me to answer definitively because it will depend on your OS version, hardware, and/or drivers.

Snagit can record from one audio source, and if you are able to select the sound card you could be in luck, without having to employ other workarounds.

Although this article was written for Camtasia Studio, it goes into some depth about what to look for and various workarounds. For example, "looping" your audio. http://www.techsmith.com/tutorial-cam...

In summary though, Snagit is not designed for capturing videos off of websites, so I have a feeling this might not be the preferred tool for you. Can you contact the owner of the video and see if they will make it available to you? That would give you the best quality too.

Sincerely,
Mike Curtis
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When I tried to capture video with audio, I was able to capture the video but no audio. How do I capture both video and audio?

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How do you capture video with audio?.
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Its great the the employee replied, But it doesn't seem to answer the question, I'm trying to record audio, but its only allowing me to do so by putting my microphone in-front of my speakers.
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To everyone. If the method of trying the "Looping" with the directions of using the adapters and cables does not work for what you want to do then the only other option in my opinion would be to invest in a small audio mixer that has at least 2 Channels and use a Mic on one channel and the other channel 2 for your system audio. This also leaves you the ability to add voice narration along with what you hear while watching the video. Or, you can just mute the Mic (Channel 1) and record just the audio from the video which would be brought in to the mixer board on Channel 2 from your computer's audio out (Speaker) connection. I use a Professional Audio Setup for what I do and some people would call it overkill but, I have different uses for what I do.

A small 2-Channle Mixer can run about $40.00 - 80.00 US Dollars or cheaper if you find a used one. Just make sure that the channels have a mute button or you will have to make adjustments and might get some overspill (noises) from the other channel(s). This would then work for recording system audio and voice narration at the same time in SnagIt 11. I hope this helps and if you have any questions on how it is setup let me know and I will try to post an image or something for walking you through the setup on a PC as I do not own a Mac as of yet.

You might also need a USB Audio Interface (Soundcard) to make things easier for hooking it all up. They can run anywhere from ($30.00 - 1,000.00 US Dollars) depending on how fancy you want to get and your needs. A cheap but good one is made by Behrigner that would work for getting the Mixer into the computer using USB which is what I would advise.

Have a great day everyone and thanks for posting.
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Hi,
When "video recording" does snagit caputre the sound?
If so, how is this done? Can the recorded sound of a video recorded by snagit be edited?
looking forward to your reply
cheers

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When "video recording" does snagit caputre the sound?.
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We just wrapped up development and testing of an update for Snagit 11 on Windows that will give you an easy way to capture system audio and mic audio at the same time. If all goes as planned, the update will be available for you to download in the second week of October (it will be a free update for anyone who owns Snagit 11). We’ll post additional details at that time.



Thanks for letting us know this capability is important to you, and for your patience while we tackled the technical and design hurdles required to create what we hope will be a seamless audio capture experience!
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Since Jing Pro is slated for termination Feb 2013. Why not give us the ability to record system audio with Snagit? I use Camtasia Studio 8, and that can do that and much much more.

But since you are killing off one good product, how about a treat for your loyal customers?



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Record System Audio with Snagit 11.
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How doI record the audio portion of a video using Snagit v.11. the "Audio On" indicator is lit, but I get no audio at all.

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No Audio being recorded in Snagit V.11.
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I have used SnagIt for several years but no more. The reason? I can hear sound from my computer's speakers but SnagIt will not record it when I capture video. I don't need a lot of fancy workarounds. If the sound can be heard on the speakers but not recorded with the video what good is SnagIt? Fix this and I'll purchase upgrades. Otherwise I'm looking for another video capture program that captures both video and sound.
Frank

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I would like Snagit to capture system audio (the sound that comes from my speakers).
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Frank they just announced that they will be making Snagit 11 record system audio in early October. So just hang on for a bit and you will be able to capture your computer audio.
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Unicus

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Great news!!!! Thank you!
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Hi,

I am running Windows 7.
The video I recorded does not have any sound.
Sound is coming out of speakers but does not record anything.
When starting the snagit record it says AUDIO OFF.
How do I change it to AUDIO ON?

Thanks.

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No Audio in Recorded Snagit Video.
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I have tried to save a video clips from YouTube. The video is captured nicely but the SnagIt file does not contain audio. What am I doing wrong? Thanks

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No audio on Video Clip Capture.
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Unicus

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They just announced today that they will be making Snagit record system audio in October.
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In the new SnagIt 11 it is nice there is no limit on your recording time for video. I would like to know if there is a way to setup your default for the mic being used? I did not find this setting inside the program unless I overlooked it. Also, can you record system audio or is it still only available using Camtasia Studio? Thanks and I am happy with the new SnagIt 11 Features. Keep up the great work.

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Audio Mic Default for SnagIt 11/System Audio Possible?.
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I am trying to capture a video with Audio but the audio is turned off. How do I capture the video with the audio turned on? It says ready to record Audio off

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Snagit will not capture Audio on vs 11.0 build 207..
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Karen SnagIt 11 does not capture the audio (System Audio) from videos at the current time. It will only capture sound from your microphone for voice narration. The post above states that TechSmith is currently working on adding the Record System Audio into SnagIt 11 and it should be released in early October. I would keep my eyes open for them posting about this new feature when it is completed and keep checking for updates. I hope this helps.

BTW, TechSmith thanks for listening to the users on this issue. Now when will the webcam option be added like it was in JingPro as where we could simply click the button to switch back and forth from the webcam to the screen we were recording? I would like to see that feature added in to SnagIt 11 also. Thanks all and have a great day.
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Hi Fred - We'll definitely update this thread when the feature ships, which will trigger a notification email to anyone who has replied to or +1'd the thread. For the webcam request, please see Tiffany's response on that thread: http://feedback.techsmith.com/techsmi...

We appreciate all your help here in the community and we'll keep trying to build tools you'll love to use!
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I captured a video from U-tube by Snag It but it has no sound. Why?

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Why the video clip captured has no sound?.
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Looking forward to the update in Oct.
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Unicus

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Yes!!!!!! Thank you for this new option in Snagit 11

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This morning we released an update to Snagit which includes the ability to record system audio (System audio is not available on operating systems prior to Windows 7). Snagit 11.1 is now available as a free upgrade. To get the update go to Help > Check for Upgrade.



View the system audio tutorial here:
http://www.techsmith.com/tutorial-sna...
To see other improvements in this release, see the version history page:
http://www.techsmith.com/snagit-versi...
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Snagit 11 - Capturing video fine, but where is the sound? W7-64bit, these are my choices under Control Panel / Sound / Recording:

Mic - Logitech Headset
Front Mic - Realtek Hi Def Audio (not plugged in)
Microphone - Realtek Hi Def Audio (Ready)
Line In - Realtek Hi Def Audio (not plugged in)
Realtek Digital Input - Realtek Hi Def Audio
Microphone - Webcam Pro 9000 (Ready)

(Also see attached image.)

Do I need an actual physical wire loop from speaker output to Mic input? I just want to capture the audio I am hearing through the speakers WITH the video I am capturing. How? I have tried each of the recording options listed above and get only ambient room sounds (when one of the existing mics is selected) or no sound at all.

Thanks.



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No sound with video capture - Snagit 11 - How can I setup to get the sound as well?.
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To record sound you need to have your mic enabled in your "Recording" part of Sound in Control Panel, in Windows, see:

See this, recorded with Snagit 11.1

http://www.screencast.com/t/yYHupl7DHglz
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Snagit 11 & 11.0.193 for the PC does not allow the user to change video audio source. There should be options for all the audio source. The default and only option I have is the built-in mic. There is no options to change this. How usable is this?????

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SNAGIT Limited Audio Source.