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  1. Join Date : Feb 2014
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       18 May 2015 #221

    essenbe said: View Post
    Thanks @Wynona I appreciate the link. I was surprised that handbrake wasn't mentioned. Handbrake is an open source transcoding app for videos. It will do most encoding formats and does an excellent job. But, it is also very demanding on resources of the computer. You will find out if your computer is stable very quickly. I have used it a lot and have had excellent results.
    Handbrake is in the '20 Most Popular' link.

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  2. Join Date : Oct 2014
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       18 May 2015 #222

    essenbe said: View Post
    Thanks @Wynona I appreciate the link. I was surprised that handbrake wasn't mentioned. Handbrake is an open source transcoding app for videos. It will do most encoding formats and does an excellent job. But, it is also very demanding on resources of the computer. You will find out if your computer is stable very quickly. I have used it a lot and have had excellent results.
    Steve, Handbrake is mentioned in one of those lists. I guess I just didn't recognize it for what it is; thus, didn't call it out.
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  3. Join Date : Oct 2014
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       18 May 2015 #223

    Edwin said: View Post
    Uncheck those 'nasties'!

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    Absolutely, Edward, which is why I said we don't need to be told.

    Edit: Oops! I mean Edwin!

    In this case, though, I don't see a problem. I've used AdAware off and on for the past several years. And, I use Bing as my default search engine anyway.
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  4. Join Date : Oct 2013
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       18 May 2015 #224

    Sorry, I must have missed it.
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  5. Join Date : Jan 2014
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       18 May 2015 #225

    DavidY said: View Post
    Thanks Kari,

    I've not really tried the built-in mic on my "problem" laptop. On my older one which has 10074 on it, the built-in mic isn't great though, and the external one is an improvement.

    I've also been through all those settings - one possible issue is that the sample rate which Movie Maker uses to save audio narration is 48KHz rather than 44.1KHz, so I did wonder if using 44.1 was part of the issue. On my old laptop, 48KHz is slightly better (I did test it!), but I wonder if there is an intrinsic rate in the audio hardware which is different between laptops.

    There is also a couple of noise reduction options within the Realtek drivers (I'll post a picture this evening) although I'm not sure if they add to the problem?
    Here are the options for the Realtek HD Audio driver on my newer Toshiba laptop.
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    I tried the internal mic - but I think my external mic is better.

    I found the Realtek interface was better than using the equivalent options within Sounds in Control Panel, which somehow managed to get the driver in a state when I couldn't record anything at one point.

    From my testing on my Windows 10 Laptop (old hardware from about 2006 or 2007), changing the Realtek options to sample at 96KHz seems to be best (although not very different to 48KHz). Both seemed better than 44.1KHz. And on this laptop, turning microphone boost down to zero and switching off the microphone effects seems to give best quality, as long as you're prepared to tweak/boost it later in Audacity, which can do a better job as it's not trying to process on the fly - good for videos, not so good for online video chats!

    On my newer 8.1 laptop (where the screenshot came from) I've set it to 48KHz because that's what Movie maker uses. This particular hardware doesn't seem to have the 96KHz option. But with that one, turning on the microphone effects for noise reduction means that the quality is better than without. Whatever I try, I haven't found a way to make it as good as the quality in the older, slower laptop with less memory (but perhaps better audio hardware).

    For both of my laptops, microphone boost of +10dB is nearly as good as using 0dB and boosting in Audacity, but turning it up any more (+20 or +30) gives too much distortion for my liking. +10dB seems a reasonable compromise and may mean you don't need to boost the sound later.

    I think my conclusions are:
    • YMMV (Your Microphone hardware May Vary)
    • Check you have latest drivers (made a noticeable difference to me)
    • Test out the settings on your own hardware


    Anyway I think the sound is better - here is my test video (not for adding to Kari's list as it probably doesn't teach anything.



    Compare that speech with the 'chirping' in this:


    I think I've learned some things on how to do sound better in the next one....
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  6. Join Date : Oct 2013
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       19 May 2015 #226

    I agree, no boost sounds best in your case.
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  7. Join Date : Oct 2013
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       20 May 2015 #227

    I did another try. All critiques are welcome.

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  8. Join Date : Oct 2013
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       20 May 2015 #228

    Great job Steve
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  9. Join Date : Oct 2013
    A Finnish ex-pat in Germany
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       20 May 2015 #229

    Really good Steve . Video added to list in first post.
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  10. Join Date : Oct 2013
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       20 May 2015 #230

    New video: Windows 10 Build 10122 - Clean Install with a Local Account:

    VIDEO DELETED AS IT IS NO LONGER ACTUAL.
    Last edited by Kari; 11 Dec 2015 at 07:19.
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