Switch audio input during pause?

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I am trying to make an instructional opera DVD. I want to play a portion from DVD, then go to narration, then back to DVD. I can do this all with separate clips. Why can't I switch audio from system to mic when I pause, then continue, then pause and go back to system? I must stop, save, make a new clip and then join them. Right?
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You can't switch but you can just record both. If you're not playing system audio nothing will show up in that track, then when you play the DVD it will show up. Just narrate, hit play on the DVD, then hit pause and continue narrate. Repeat as necessary. 

You could also just do the narration in one pass. Then pull in all the audio in another recording then just edit them together in as many sections as you see fit.
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That won't work...I've wanted to do these for some time and always had problems until I discovered how to kill the mic and record only system sound. When you have both activated, you get a terrible echo.  I'll just have to do it in segments.
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Well there are many solutions to that. You could send the audio to your headphone output. If you need to hear it, use enclosed headphones or tight fitting ear buds and there shouldn't be any leak to your microphone. Alternately if you don't need to hear it while recording, just mute your speakers from your computer. The sound will still record (remember to unmute when you play back). 
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Yes, but I'm using a webcam to record me---it gets all goofy if I'm wired up---ideally I could pause, change audio input, speak, pause, change audio input back to system and continue. But, I can segment it to get it done.
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If you owned a mixer board with enough channels you could possibly accomplish by having the routing of system audio and mics on different channels and using the mute buttons on the mixer board but that is an extra expense. Just wanted to offed the suggestion anyway. I hope this helps a little for some ideas. Thanks for posting and have a great day.
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Thanks for the ideas. I wouldn't think it would be that hard to incorporate into the software. It is odd too that I can't do anything during the countdown prior to recording starting. e.g., I can't go to full screen mode until the recording starts. I can't get the toolbar to stay on front but not show...little quirks that ought to be resolved after so many years. Still, it's the best I know of.
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I would contact TechSmith Support and submit your question to them and see if they might have a solution for you. The link is below:

http://support.techsmith.com/

Let us know what you find out by posting back please. Sorry I could not be of more help without further seeing what you are trying to accomplish.

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