This article will show you how to record audio from microphone and system audio in ActivePresenter 8. They are two of the most important features that professional screencasting software like ActivePresenter must have. Thanks to that, you can record system audio and your narration (from the speaker) simultaneously or separately; it all depends on your need.
Access Recording Function
Recording audio from your computer can make your video demos or software simulations more fun to watch. It also makes them easier to notice and understand. For example, a streaming video with both actions and corresponding sounds can bring a better experience to viewers.
To start capturing, do one of the following:
- On the Start Page, click Record Video or Record Software Simulation.
- In the current opening project, click the ActivePresenter button > Record Video or Record Software Simulation.
- Click the Home tab > Record Screen > Record Video or Record Software Simulation.
For this tutorial, I’ll demo with recording a video demonstration that audio and screen recording simultaneously usually needed.
Record System Audio and Microphone Audio While Recording Screen
After selecting the recording function (here is Record Video), you will see a blue rectangle and Record Video Project dialog appear.
Take the following steps to record system/microphone audio:
Step 1: Click the drop-down arrow next to the Audio button (1) on the Record Video Project dialog.
Step 2: Select one from audio input devices detected to record microphone audio in the Input Devices section.
If you don’t want to record any of the microphone audio or system audio, just select Do not record microphone or Do not record system audio, respectively or both.
Tip: When you record software simulations, you should not record the screen and audio from microphone simultaneously. Since the recorded audio file may be saved in different slides, it’s not easy to control and edit. Narration or audio from microphone should be recorded after the simulation recording is finished. The way to how to record narration from microphone in the editor will be discussed in the next part.
Step 3: Adjust the audio volume.
The volume of the audio can be changed easily by dragging the Volume scale (2) or using the Adjust Volume tool on your computer.
Note: When you select to record system audio, all of the sounds on your computer including app notifications will be recorded. So, you should turn off notification sounds of unused apps to avoid any unwanted sound.
Record Narration from the Editor
As said before, you can use the Record Narration feature to get slide-consistent voice for your software simulations. To record narration from microphone in the editor:
Step 1: Click the Record Narration button on the Timeline (3).
The Record Narration button will appear to be disabled and you can speak into the microphone.
Before doing that, you can click the drop-down arrow next to the button for more recording options such as changing volume or calibrating audio input.
Step 2: Click Pause/Resume button (4) to pause and resume the recording.
Step 3: Click the Stop button (5) to stop the recording.
After recording, ActivePresenter will save the recorded audio file in the current slide that you are working with.
Note: You can manage and edit your recorded file as a normal audio file. This means you can take advantage of many audio editing tools such as cut, change volume, etc., to enhance it.
Test Sound Before Actually Recording
To have a recording project with high sound quality, you should test the sound before actually recording it. This ensures your project will have a proper sound level.
To test the input audio level, do one of the following ways:
#1. Speak something into the microphone while dragging the Volume scale (2) to the left or right to change the audio input volume.
- Keep dragging until the volume scale displays in yellow signal since. At that level, the volume is high enough for recording.
- If the volume slider displays the red or green color signal, you should decrease or increase the input volume respectively.
#2. Calibrate audio input.
The Calibrate Audio Input feature comes in handy when you click the Settings icon in the top-right corner of the Record Video Project dialog or click the Recording Options of the narration in the editor.
Both ways open the Calibrate Audio Input dialog:
In this dialog, click Auto Calibrate and speak something into the microphone in your normal voice.
Keep speaking until the LED bar on the right shows yellow bars intermittently. If the bar starts showing red LEDs, move the slider a bit to the left.
To know in details how to calibrate audio input, refer to the How to Calibrate Audio Input tutorial.
So, that’s enough for recording system audio and audio from microphone in ActivePresenter.
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