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How to record Video + Audio with ScreenVirtuoso

Note: ScreenVirtuoso records sound from the audio card. It does not use a network connection as streaming video recorders do. For example, if you want to capture sound coming from other applications (browser, media player, etc.) your sound card must allow you to capture what you hear (it has the Wave Out, Stereo/Mono Mix or What U Hear audio device/audio input).

Read your sound card documentation to make sure it allows you to capture what you hear. If your sound card/audio driver has no such ability ScreenVirtuoso can not record sound coming from other applications. However, in any case you can record sound from the Microphone.

This is not a ScreenVirtuoso's bug. Windows does not allow you to record sound from OUTPUT audio devices. You can record only from INPUT audio devices. For this reason you can not record sound from speakers (OUTPUT audio device). If your sound card has a mixer, it can re-direct sound from the OUTPUT audio device (speakers) to the INPUT audio device: Wave Out/Stereo Mix/What U Hear.

If your sound card has no a mixer, please see our advices below for possible solutions.

First of all make sure the Record Sound option on Video page is checked.

If the Record Sound check box is disabled, it means your system has no sound card or it is not configured properly.

When ScreenVirtuoso starts it checks all available audio recording devices and disables the Record Sound checkbox if it cannot detect them.


Example (Windows Vista/7: Control Panel->Sound):


Look at the left picture. It shows that all audio devices for recording are disabled. In this case the Record Sound checkbox is also disabled).

You need to enable at list one recording device to enable the Record Sound checkbox as shown at the right picture.

All available audio devices are displayed on Audio page.

Note: In some cases you do not find out the Mixer/Wave Out/What U Hear audio devices on Windows Vista/7 but they exist on Windows XP with the same sound card. It means Windows Vista/7 drivers for your sound card do not support these devices. Try to upgrade sound card drivers. If it does not help, see the solutions below.

Once the Record Sound checkbox is checked go to the Audio page and select a valid audio device/input.


Windows Vista/7   Windows XP
  

For example, to record sound from the Microphone set Device: Your Sound Card, Input: Microphone on Windows XP, or
Device: Microphone, Input: Master Volume on Windows Vista/7.
To record sound coming from other applications (browser, media player, etc.) set Device: Your Sound Card, Input: Mixer or What U Hear
on Windows XP or Device: Mixer or What U Hear, Input: Master Volume on Windows Vista/7.

If you do not see the Mixer/Wave Out/What U Hear audio devices/inputs, your sound card does not allow you to record sound coming from other applications i.e. what you hear.


Possible solutions:

  • Upgrade your sound card.
  • Use an additional software called Virtual Audio Cable to record sound coming from other applications.
    Note: VAC is a helper software. You still need our ScreenVirtuoso to record video and sound.
  • Insert a jumper wire in the Line Out (or Headphones Out) and Mic In jacks on your computer's sound card:
    Connect Audio Output To Audio Input
    Audio Cable
    In this case you can record what you hear from the Microphone audio device.
    If you do, you may wish to adjust the microphone gain or the audio may be slightly overamped and sound distorted.