Select Video and Audio Sources for Recording

The Video and Audio Sources pane allows you to view and select the sources for the main video, Picture-in-Picture (PiP) video, and audio. You can also adjust the audio level and preview the selected video sources.

Video and Audio Sources are affected by the hardware connected to the computer when Recorder opens. Always verify the selected sources prior to recording start.

Recorder Video and Audio Sources

See the following topics for more information:

Quick Tips for Setting Video and Audio Sources

  • You can record from the screen, camera, screen and camera, or two cameras.
  • You can flip your camera video, both vertically and horizontally, so you can set up your camera out of the way of the participant. To flip camera video, click Modify camera settings Modify Video Source Settings button..
  • If the audio is going into the red in the Audio monitor, move the audio slider to the left.
  • Click Test Recording in the Recorder toolbar to create a 15-second video test recording to verify the video and audio.
  • Need to save disk space? You can change the size and frame rate of the recording. Click Modify screen video settings Modify Video Source Settings button. or Modify camera settings Modify Video Source Settings button. to adjust the video settings.
  • If your video is too dark or you want to zoom in, some cameras allow you to adjust these settings. To change the camera properties and preview the results, click Modify camera settings and then click Camera Properties.

Choose Video Sources

Use the dropdown lists to select from the various video sources. You can choose both a Main Video and a PiP Video, or just a Main Video source.

The following show example configurations as seen in the Preview Window.

Example recording video configurations

If you record both main and PiP videos, after you import the recording into Manager, you can produce highlight videos with or without the PiP included. You can also adjust the location of the PiP.

Main Video

Select a video source and click Modify screen video/camera settings  Modify Video Source Settings button. to adjust the video settings.

Select main video source.

For the main video source, select from screen or camera. You have the following options:

  • Screen (Primary Monitor): Record the desktop of the monitor set as the primary monitor.
    You can set the primary monitor in Start > Control > Display > Settings tab.
  • Screen (Entire Desktop): Record the desktop of all monitors connected to the computer.
    The more monitors you record, the larger the recording file size.
  • Screen (Region): Select and record a portion of the desktop.
    If you have multiple monitors, but only want to record from one that is not the primary monitor, use Screen (Region) to select the desktop of only one monitor.
  • Camera: Select from the connected cameras.
    To set up a configuration without the session cameras connected, select Camera (Not plugged in) to set a camera as the main video. Save the configuration and reopen it once a camera is attached. The camera is automatically selected as the main video source.

PiP Video

Select a video source and click Modify camera settings  Modify Video Source Settings button. to adjust the video settings.

Select Picture in Picture video source.

For the PiP video source, you can select a camera. You have the following options:

  • None: Do not record a PiP video.
  • Camera: Select from the connected cameras.
    To set up a configuration without the session cameras connected, select Camera (Not plugged in) to include a PiP video. Save the configuration and reopen it once a camera is attached. The camera is automatically selected as the PiP video source.

Choose Audio Source

Use the dropdown list to select from the various audio sources or choose not to record audio. You can also use the Audio Monitor to view and adjust the audio level.

Choose audio source.

Use the dropdown list to select the audio source. You have the following options:

  • None: Do not record audio.
  • Audio Devices: Select from the available audio devices, including stand-alone microphones, computer sound cards, and camera microphones.

Adjust Audio Level

Use the Audio Monitor to view and adjust the audio level. Use the following to help you adjust the audio level.

Before each recording, create a test recording to verify audio levels.

Good Audio Level

Good audio level.

Low Audio Level

Low audio level.

High Audio Level

High audio level.

Title Category Level Format
000 - Getting Started 1: Morae Overview Getting Started I Video
001 - Getting Started 2: Recorder Getting Started I Video
002 - Getting Started 3: Observer Getting Started I Video
003 - Getting Started 4: Manager Getting Started I Video
004 - Analyze Session Data Analyze I Video
005 - Audio Notes Share III Written
006 - Change the Communication Port in Observer Observer III Written
007 - Choose and Designate the Task Logger Setup II Written
008 - Choose the Recorder Computer Name or IP Address Observer II Written
009 - Configure Wii™ Remote for Logging Setup III Written
010 - Connect Observer to Recorder Observer II Written
011 - Convert Morae Recording Files (RDG) to AVI or WMV Share III Written
012 - Create a Custom Graph Analyze II Written
013 - Create a Highlight Video Share II Written
014 - Create and Organize a Project Analyze II Written
015 - Create a Report with the Add-In for Word Share II Written
016 - Create a Table of Contents Share II Written
017 - Create a Test Recording Setup II Written
018 - Create Session Handouts Setup II Written
019 - Create Video Clips Analyze II Written
020 - Customize Observer for Your Session Observer II Written
021 - Define Recording Details Setup II Written
022 - Define Study Details Setup II Written
023 - Deliver Surveys with Observer Surveys II Written
024 - Documentation Documentation I Written
025 - Export to PowerPoint Share II Written
026 - Export Videos to Screencast.com Share II Written
027 - Finalize Observer Session Observer II Written
028 - How to Choose the Recording Compression Record III Written
029 - Log in Observer Log II Written
030 - Log in Recorder Log II Written
031 - Log with a Wii™ Remote Log III Written
032 - Marker Logging Log II Video/Written
033 - Merge Studies Analyze III Written
034 - Normalize Storyboard Audio Share II Written
035 - Record Automated Sessions with Autopilot Record II Video/Written
036 - Recorder Start and Stop Options Record II Written
037 - Record More (or Less) than the Main Monitor Record II Written
038 - Search for Data in Recordings Analyze II Written
039 - Search Profiles Analyze II Written
040 - Select Video and Audio Sources for Recording Record II Written
041 - Set Recorder Preferences Setup II Written
042 - Set up an AutoPilot Test Setup II Written
043 - Share Highlight Videos Share II Written
044 - Tasks in Manager Analyze II Written
045 - Task Logging Log II Written
046 - Template Study Configurations Setup II Written
047 - Troubleshooting Observer to Recorder Connection Issues Observer II Written
048 - Using Chat to Communicate with Stakeholders Observer I Written
049 - Video Delay in Observer Observer III Written
050 - View Search Results in the Chart View Analyze II Written
051 - View Survey Answers Analyze II Written
052 - View Your Notes and Markers Following a Session Observer II Written