It's easy to add an audio or video recording to a new LetsTalk message. Click the "Add New Entry" button and then follow the instructions. Sometimes you will need to change audio and/or video settings on your computer in order for the LetsTalk recorder to work with your computer and microphone or video camera. This section describes how to make those changes.
While recording your voice, you should see the audio level meter moving up and down with the volume of your recording.
If the level meter doesn't move, then either you don't have a supported microphone connected to your computer, or you need to change the microphone settings so that the correct microphone is selected (instructions follow).
Microphone Settings: How to Select the Correct Microphone: Step-by-Step Instructions:
- Click the "Mic" settings button to bring up the Microphone Settings Panel.
- Look for changing volume in the level meter, which indicates that your microphone is working. If there is no movement in the levels, continue with the next steps until you see movement.
- Click on the Microphone Selector Menu (at the top of the Settings Panel) in order to see the choice of microphone input devices available on your computer.
- Select a different microphone choice from the Microphone Selector Menu and look for changing volume levels. Repeat this step for all devices listed in the menu until you see the level meter moving.
- Adjust the "Record Volume" slider so that for most of the time, the meter is in the yellow area near the top of the range.
It is very important to set your volume correctly so that others can hear you. While setting the volume, speak into the microphone and set the slider as described here.
- Click the "Close" button after you finish setting your audio input. Try it now:
(Screenshot of Sample Microphone Menu--here I'm choosing my MOTU 828 audio device.)
While recording video, you should see (1) the audio level meter moving up and down with the volume of your recording and (2) your video image on screen. If you don't see the audio levels moving, you'll need to select a different audio input (see the Step-by-Step Instructions for Microphone Settings above).
(Screenshot of Sample Recording:
Notice how audio and video inputs are clearly working correctly.)
If you don't see your video onscreen, then either you don't have a supported video camera (or webcam), or you need to change the video settings so that the correct camera is selected (instructions follow).
Video Settings: How to Select the Correct Camera: Step-by-Step Instructions:
- Click the "Cam" button to bring up the Camera Settings Panel.
- Click the blue box with the image of a webcam to check if your camera is working.
- If your camera is working, you will see your video image inside the blue box.
(Here I've chosen my iSight camera--"IIDC Firewire Video" and
have clicked on the blue box to check it. It's working as you can see,
but what a strange name for the iSight camera!)
- If you don't see a video image, click on the Camera Selector Menu (at the top of the Settings Panel) in order to see the choice of camera input devices available on your computer.
Select a different camera choice from the Camera Selector Menu and repeat Steps #2-5 until you see a video image.
- Click the "Close" button after you finish setting your camera input. Try it now: