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Sorry I cant really help as I dont do much narration on my video with PE7. There is a Fill Right and Fill Left audio effect that can be used to fill the other channel. But it doesn't help with your basic recording issue.
Also I suppose it is a stereo mic? One thing to try is to drag the narration to another audio track... do you see the two channels?
Stupid question, I know, but you haven't changed the balance control in either Windows Volume Control Line-In, your audio control panel, or PRE, right?
Does your audio control panel have a mic volume test facility? Can you see if the input is all going to one channel?
Alternatively, obviously the mic source is mono; I'm wondering if something, somewhere is expecting it to be stereo?
Sorry I don't have any answers, just thinking out loud.
Big picture seems to be that either a mono source is being directed to one channel by something, or your PC is expecting a stereo source and only getting one channel....?
Can you please update your finding with what Ed.Macke has written. I too feel that there is some windows setting that you are missing. Also, USB webcams, headsets are mono input devices so in the ideal case both the right and left channel would have the same content. So please check your windows settings and update the findings.
Thanks for the thoughts guys, I'm using a logitech 9000 webcam which has a reasonably decent mic built in and is a mono source. I'm using a Realtech HD Audio manager, and the OS is Vista Home Premium. When I record sound using the Vista Sound Recorder it quite happily outputs to both left and right channel as a .wma file and then plays back in Media Player on both channels. If I import the wma file into PRE 7 it works just fine too - but that doesn't really help for doing naration where I want to see the image I'm narating to in real time.
It feels like a setting in PRE - but I can't find one to change anywhere.
Most practical solution is to use the fill left/right effect which does map the audio across and so solves the problem - but its not really satisfactory, somewhere there is something not quite right.
Anyway thanks guys.
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What you need is a stereo microphone.
Like this one:
I bought one of those mics Steve mentioned above on Ebay for less than $10, and it was brand new. It works very well.
I have the same problem as the original poster. I want to try the Fill Right, Fill Left option but I can't find where I access this facility. I would greatly appreciate if someone could tell me how I go about using it.
Under Edit/Effects. Go to the drop-down menu on this panel and select Audio Effects.
Thanks very much Steve! Seems easy when someone points it out to you!
I would like to try one of those stereo microphones you mentioned, but I don't know if it would work with my JVC Everio camcorder, or with my PC due to the power issue.
Electret microphones usually carry their own power supply in the form of a little battery that can last for years.
It should plug right in and work fine with your stereo camcorder.