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We typically recommend that you use another audio capture software with timecode to capture and synchronize audio data. However, if you have an audio input device, then you can record synchronized audio along with motion capture data in Motive. Recorded “Take” files with audio data will play back sound and may be exported into WAV audio files. This page details audio capture recommendations and instructions for recording and playing back audio in Motive.
In order to playback audio recordings in Motive, the audio format of recorded data MUST closely match the audio format used by the output device. Specifically, the number of channels and frequency (Hz) of the audio must match. Otherwise, recorded sound will not be played back.
The recorded audio format is determined when a take is first recorded. The recorded data format and the playback format may not always agree by default. In this case, the windows audio settings will need to be adjusted to match the take. A device's audio format can be configured under the Sound settings found in the Control Panel. To do this select the recording device, click on Properties, then the default format can be changed under the Advanced Tab as shown in the image below.
Recorded audio files can be exported into WAV format. To export, right-click on a Take from the Data pane and select Export Audio option in the context menu.
The following devices are internally tested and should work for most use cases:
There are a variety of different programs and hardware that specialize in audio capture. A not very exhaustive list of examples can be seen below.
In order to capture audio using a different program, you will need to connect both the motion capture system (through the eSync) and the audio capture device to timecode data (and possibly genlock data). You can then use the timecode information to synchronize the two sources of data for your end product.
For more information on synchronizing external devices, read through the Synchronization page.