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I appreciate the response. I'm afraid there was no enlightenment from that query either. Lots of questions about using webcams for meetings and bandwidth conflicts. I have a 5-10 second lag from capture to replay. I'm scarcely challenging the capabilities of the camera, software or processing power of my computer.
Appreciate the effort.
What brand & model is your webcam? People do have mixed results with webcams. My Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000 works fine.
Check with the Sound option in Control Panel that your webcam is the default recording device and that, when you speak, the green bars do move. I'm assuming the answer to this is yes as you are apparently recording the sound but it has a lag.
If you play the clip in Windows Media Player does it still have the lag?
In PRE, under Edit> Preferences, what are your settings in the various Audio screens?
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I have a Microsoft Life cam 5000 and it works fine with its program, as it does with the resident MS movie maker. They are just very limited programs. It also works fine with Skype, so I don't believe it is a hardware problem at all. I just don't find the Adobe software intuitive, nor do I want to go digging into codec files and other things unfamiliar. If you consider the value of wasted time as the same as your wages, it's not worth the effort and I'll likely return it. I'm a musician and arthritis is beginning to ravage my hands and I wanted to set up some legacy videos on YouTube for my family, etc before my skills deteriorate. I do certainly appreciate your time and effort to provide some clues.
>nor do I want to go digging into codec files and other things unfamiliar
Unfortunately, video editing is not as easyas typing in a word processor (1)... learning about video & audio codecs, and hardware/software problem troubleshooting, is simply part of the process
(1) Speaking of "codecs" did you know that a "native" Word 2010 .docx file will not open in some earlier versions of MS Word?
Using computer software and hardware can be, at times, more than just "click and go"
All too familiar with the docx syndrome. Don't care for Office 2010 at all. Came resident with the Apple that I use with my school district. Don't even get me started with Mac/PC compatibility! Things like copy machines, telephones and cameras should be inherently simple without all the contrived complexity. Now, where did I leave that buggy whip of mine...?
Thanks John, have a good holiday season. I'm going to get back to simpler software and a good external USB mic to record directly from the speakers of an amp. I'll at least try to reduce the number of compatibility issues.
>cameras should be inherently simple
A very LARGE part of the problem/mystery of video editing is that there are many more than one brand and model of camera... and different brands and models often use different, sometimes "tweaked" by the camera maker, codecs
My Canon Vixia uses the AVCHD codec and MTS as the file name, my wife's Flip uses h.264 (I think, not in Premiere) with MP4 on the end
Both work fine for what I do... so you just need to find software to work with your files... but do be aware that you MAY still need to "look under the hood" to find out what codec is inside your files, to then be able to tell the software you do find what to do with the files