Connecting and Adjusting Your Headset for Camtasia
These instructions are based on typical Windows PC components. Your exact equipment may vary.
In order to record narration in Camtasia, it is recommended that you use a headset with a microphone for the best audio quality. This type of microphone is placed near the speaker's mouth, so it picks up your voice more clearly while reducing background noise.
Identifying Headset Plugs
The headset microphone has two plugs at the end, one for the microphone and one for the headphones. They might look like the following:
The headphones plug is 1 tje microphone plug is 2
Identifying Computer Jacks
The jacks on your computer are typically located on the back of your desktop computer or on the side of a laptop computer. Newer desktop computers may have jacks in the front. Sometimes they are in different places depending on the make and model of your computer. These jacks should be color coded and they may also be labeled with small graphics (which may not look the same as the ones on your headphones).
On your computer, the headphone jack is almost always green and the microphone jack is pink or red. The blue jacks in the first two photos are not the correct ones.
Headset Volume/Mute Controls
Your headset may be equipped with controls on the cord. If so, there is usually a rotating volume control and a mute switch. After plugging the headset into your computer, be sure that the volume is turned to about halfway and that the microphone is not muted.
Computer Sound/Volume Controls
The Windows operating system allows you to place a small speaker icon ( or ) in your system tray (on the lower right of your screen) to allow quick access to your system volume.
Double-click the icon to bring up the advanced volume control panel, which includes microphone volume:
If you don't see all of the volume options listed above, especially the microphone options, go to Options > Properties in the Volume Control window. The Properties window appears and allows you to select additional volume options.
If you don't see the Advanced buttons as seen above, use the Options menu and select the Advanced Controls option.
Adjusting Microphone Volume
Microphone volume can be adjusted in a few ways:
- Make sure that the microphone slider on the Volume Control Window is set to about 50% (see above).
- Many microphones are not particularly powerful and you may need to boost the microphone input by clicking the Advanced button in the microphone control section of the full control panel and checking the 1 Microphone Boost option.
- Adjust the volume using the volume control on the headset cord.