USB microphones usually don't work with the narration feature.
Otherwise, go to Windows Update (click Custom if you're using XP) and ensure you have all of the updates, even the non-critical ones.
You may need to update your audio card's driver from the card's web site (which may not be the same as your computer's manufacturer's site) or even update the RealTek drivers.
I agree Steve. Few USB mics seem to work with PrE, or PrPro, for myriad reasons.
My choices would be:
1.) get a direct connection mic (a good narrow cardioid mono would be my choice for narration)
2.) do the narration in a program like the great, free Audacity, and then Import that PCM/WAV file into PrE. I would set this up to be 48KHz 16-bit.
Good luck to the OP,
Hi Bill (and Steve)
Thanks for the tip on the Audacity software I will give that a try - I guess you just run the video project along with hitting the record button on the Audacity osftware to line the narration upo with the video - would that be how you would do it?
I will also try updating the drivers for the sound card though it is weird as I recently completed a bigger project than this one on the same PC. Just seems something strange is happening to this project. I am using a desktop mic - not great quality but it works.
For playback, PrE would need focus, or it will just pause. For doing the recording in another app, I would Share/Export a "reference file and then just play it in WMP, VLC, etc. These players do not need focus, and you can use Audacity to do the recording, while watching the player.
I do similar, when scoring my music in Sonicfire Pro 5 Scoring Edition. I use a reference file, that has the Audio & Video (does not need to be high rez, so I will often just Export to the simplest format/CODEC for the purpose. I score to that, and just Delete the reference file, and Import the PCM/WAV Exported from Sonicfire Pro 5. Though there is the one intermediate step (generating the reference file), it works seamlessly.
OK - that makes sense! Thanks for taking the time to help out
struggling newbies like me! Much appreciated
That is what we enjoy doing - almost as much as editing!
Many of us have either committed every possible error (that would be me), or have found workarounds for almost everything (or read about it).
While I use a non-USB mic, my Sonicfire workflow is not that different, from what you need to do. The one difference is that Sonicfire Pro has a "player" built into it, and you will be using separate player to observe your reference file. Now, when I record in Adobe Audition, I do the same thing, but just use the built-in Video player in Audition. Same principle though.