Want a way to record only system audio in Snagit

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To be able to record only system audio. That mean you have for example a video you like, but you have the option to record only the audio.
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Daniel Foster, Snagit strategy lead

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Interesting idea! When do you find yourself wanting this option? What kind of content are you recording and what will you do with the audio next?

One workaround I've used to do something like this is to select a very small capture area (a couple pixels of blank screen that does't change), then turn off mic audio and turn on system audio. You still technically end up with an mp4 video but the file size is very small.
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The OP asks for "the option to record only the audio". Come on Daniel, you can do this!
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Interesting idea! When do you find yourself wanting this option? What kind of content are you recording and what will you do with the audio next?

One workaround I've used to do something like this is to select a very small capture area (a couple pixels of blank screen that does't change), then turn off mic audio and turn on system audio. You still technically end up with an mp4 video but the file size is very small.
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I happen to listen some radio online this morning. A sort of talk show / teaching I found interesting so I wanted to record only the audio part of it, because there is no video. 
And I did a rectangle as workaround. But I need just the audio. Just audio reduce the file size, compared to video. And I will need to send it into another software to extract the audio out of it. 
So if SnagIt would snag just the audio, and make a Mp3/Ogg out of it. I would be very happy.

Thanks
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This is exactly what I want to do and the Snag-It forums are full of answers saying you wouldn't want to do that with Snag-It or install other software! We don't want to do that, we want to hit our Snag-It shortcut key and choose what to Snag
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Have you tried recording it with Audacity ( Free Program that records audio very well. )
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I agree with Bob. Audacity is the way to go. Free, Open source and Cross Platform

It's my primary audio recording/editing go to.

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The flip side of using Audacity is that it is not as user friendly as Snag It is. It takes more amount of time than as it takes in snag it to record things in Audacity.
Please add this feature to snag it. That would be very useful feature. I want it too.
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Rick Stone

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Ahhh fondly remembering the days of a long forgotten TechSmith product from long ago in a far away place.

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Sam

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I installed it but the button for recording audio from the menu is disabled and it is not working!
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Sam

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Please add this feature to the new version of the program
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Hi @Sam - Snagit is still capable of recording both system audio and microphone audio...or only one source at a time: 


If you're running into an issue where audio is not being captured properly, please see support.techsmith.com
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I just want to record audio, not into a video.
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Joe Morgan

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You could use Windows Voice Recorder.
You just set the Default Recording device as system audio which on a Windows machine is Stereo Mix.


Then type Voice Recorder in the search bar of Windows.


The voice recorder will record anything coming through your speakers in Stereo at 48,000 HZ. to a m4a file.


SnagIt audio is poor at best.Captured music sounds terrible. If you want to record your voice with SnagIt, that's all its good for. In my opinion.

I believe TechSmith's thought process? Was having sub standard audio.The file sizes of the video could be smaller.
Making it easier to share.         

Regards,Joe
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Stereo Mix isn't an option using default Windows drivers and even after installing manufacturers' own bloatware it isn't an option for all brands. 
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Messengr Chris

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I'd like to do this too, I don't want to use another app like Audacity etc. I want to hit my Snag-It key and Snag stuff. The solution that I propose is that capture is done the same way but in the editor when you come to save your captured video you have the option of saving as wav or mp3 in addition to mp4
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Great! Exactly what I think, as well! How about this layout?
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Messengr Chris

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Great, I know they can do this, we should never need to install other apps to capture stuff on our computers, that's what Techsmith is for. Isn't it?
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Blugrn

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You are soooo right, Chris, that is exactly what TechSmith is for!