01: Recording Audio

By default, Snagit records microphone audio and system audio in the video. You can turn the audio recording on or off while recording a video.

Recording Microphone Audio

Snagit can record audio from your computer's microphone or a USB microphone. Microphone audio is recorded by default.

Turn Microphone Audio On or Off During a Recording

  1. Start by selecting an area of the screen to record.
  2. On the recording toolbar, click the Microphone Audio button to turn microphone recording on or off.
    Microphone Audio button
    • Microphone on:
      Image of Microphone Audio button when it is enabled
    • Microphone off:
      Image of Microphone Audio button when it is disabled

Change the Microphone Settings

  1. In the Capture window, click the Additional Options and Help button.
    Image of Additional Options and Help button
  2. Click the Preferences button.
  3. On the Advanced tab, select an audio device from the Microphone dropdown.
  4. To test that the selected device is on and connected, speak as you would during recording. The Input level should move as you speak.

To troubleshoot a recording device issue, check the input levels in the Windows Control Panel > Sound dialog.

Recording System Audio

System audio is the sound from your computer such as mouse clicks, application alerts, audio playing from your speakers, etc. System audio is recorded by default.

Turn System Audio On or Off During a Recording

  1. Start by selecting an area of the screen to record.
  2. On the recording toolbar, click the System Audio button to turn system audio recording on or off.
    System Audio button
    • System audio on:
      Image of System Audio button when it is enabled
    • System audio off:
      Image of System Audio button when it is disabled

Audio Recording Tips

  • Practice Using a Microphone 

    Experiment with different volume levels and different microphone placement. Six inches from the microphone is usually good to record full tones, but not too close that other noises interfere.
  • Record in a Quiet Location 

    Any microphone can pick up nearby noises. Most office areas have a lot of background noise that you may or may not notice. Take a second and listen. What do you hear?
  • Block the Computer’s Humming Sound 

    Build a small box lined with foam to put your microphone in as you record, use pillows or blankets to muffle the noise, or cover your head with the blanket.
  • Use a Script 

    A script helps you produce the best audio by allowing you to avoid mistakes or saying um or uh. If you do not want a formal presentation, an outline can help reduce some mistakes.
  • Project and Enunciate 
    Speak as though you are addressing a small audience in a large room. Smile as you speak.

Continue with 02: Cut Out Mistakes or Unwanted Parts of the Video

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