Webinar Recording

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Can SnagIt be used to record a webinar showing on my screen by using the record video option? Does the video record capture the whole screen, or can I set it to capture a portion of the screen where the webinar is playing?
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lisabeyerecsc

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Kelly Rush, Product Manager

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Hi lisabeyerecsc,

Yes, you should be able to use Snagit to record videos playing on your screen, as well as the audio in most cases. Watch the video "Video Capture" on the following page for an explanation of the feature:

http://www.techsmith.com/snagit-whats...

Kelly Rush
Marketing Video Producer
TechSmith Corporation
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Scott Harvey

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Hi Kelly - quick question. I have a training class coming up that is very important, yet an important client of mine is giving a webinar at the same time which I really want to see. (He can't record it on his side, but I won't bore you with the details.)

It is simple to capture video and audio on the screen using Snagit. However, I'm going to have to sneak out of my training class to login to the webinar and start the recording, and obviously I can't bring my laptop back in with the audio from the webinar blasting.

I was wondering if it was recording the "internal" audio from something, or just what is playing over the speakers, and since Snagit stops capturing audio when I mute the audio or even plug in headphones, it appears it is only capturing audio playing through my laptop speakers.

Is this correct? Anything simple I'm missing - settings, etc.? If not, any other ideas?

Thanks,

Scott
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Hello Scott,

Your detective work is correct. You see, Snagit is not really designed to record system audio--the sound that comes out of your computer. It's mostly meant for videos where you would narrate a process, feedback, or other information into the microphone.

In your tests it kind of works because the sound from your speakers is filling the room and getting picked up by your microphone. But as you mute it or put in headphones, the mic is no longer picking up the sound.

Now, with all this said, depending on your computer and sound card, you may be able to have Snagit to record from your system. (But doing so will then disable the mic input until you change it back.)

To try this, please check out the appropriate support article: Windows: http://techsmith.custhelp.com/app/ans...

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

Sorry I don't have a more definitive answer for you, but I hope this confirms your suspicions and gives you at least an option or two.

Thanks for posting!
Mike Curtis
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Scott Harvey

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That makes perfect sense, and that worked great - thanks very much!

Scott
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Kelly Rush, Product Manager

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Hi Scott,

As Mike stated, you're sort of pushing Snagit into the murky grey area of what it was intended for; Camtasia Studio has a lot of special tweaks that will make recording audio easier, so that might be worth a try for you (there's a free 30-day free trial if you want to test it out).

As you found out, recording system sound does rely on the volume not being muted (I wasn't sure from your post if you were recording the internal audio, or if you were just picking up what was coming out of your speakers via the integrated microphone, as Mike said). There's no guarantee this will work well (or even at all), but if you wanted to try a quick workaround so that you don't have to leave your laptop, you *MIGHT* be able to run a patch cable from your speaker out to your microphone in on the laptop (assuming you have both of those things; they aren't included on all laptops). Here is an example of the patch cable (a short male-to-male stereo cable):

http://www.amazon.com/Mediabridge-Ste...

The basic idea is that whatever was playing out of your speakers would simply be routed back to your microphone input, and then you'd set the microphone input as the recording device in Snagit. You'd likely want to do some tests first to a) ensure it even works, and b) to set the audio levels properly, since you won't be able to really monitor the sound live, and you wouldn't know if it was too loud/soft until after it was done.

Again, no guarantee this will work well/at all, but we like to give people options!

Best of luck!

Kelly Rush
Marketing Video Producer
TechSmith Corporation
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Scott Harvey

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More great info, I appreciate the details. I always kind of wondered if the out-to-in would work, and although I know it isn't guaranteed, that is smart to try. Again, thank you both for the excellent, detailed responses.

Scott
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Official Response
This morning we released an update to Snagit which includes the ability to record system audio(System audio is not available on Windows XP). 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...
You can check for other things included in this release by going to the version history page:
http://www.techsmith.com/snagit-versi...
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If you are using SnagIt PC Version then you asked:

"Can SnagIt be used to record a webinar showing on my screen by using the record video option? Does the video record capture the whole screen, or can I set it to capture a portion of the screen where the webinar is playing? "

Yes to your 1st question it can be used to record a webinar showing on your screen but, keep in mind if your internet is slow or has some glitches when it is playing live then that too will also get recorded. A better option would be to see if the people or company hosting the webinar has a download for the webinar that has already been recorded. Just a suggestion.

To answer your 2nd and 3rd questions. Yes you can set it by dragging out the crosshair magnifier to whatever portion you want to record on your screen. It will allow you to do a whole screen or just a portion of your screen.

My suggestion if you do not already own SnagIt 11 is to go ahead and download the Free 30 Day Trial and give it a whirl and see if it does what you want and then if you have anymore questions just post them here. Linkf for the Trial Software TechSmith has is below:

http://www.techsmith.com/download.html

I hope this helps answer your question and thanks for posting. Let us know and have a great day.


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