Audio Recording in Motive

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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.

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Confirmed Devices

For the users who needs to use this feature, it's recommended to use one of the below devices that has been confirmed to work:
  • AT2020 USB microphone
  • mixPre-3

Audio Recording and Playback


Audio settings in Motive.

Audio Recording Steps

  1. In Motive, open the Audio tab of the Settings window, then enable the “Capture” property.
  2. Select the audio input device that you would like to use.
  3. Make noise to confirm the microphone is working with the level visual.
  4. Make sure the “Device Format” of the recording device matches the “Device Format” that will be used for playback (speakers and headsets).
  5. Start capturing data.

Audio Playback Steps

  1. In Motive, open a Take that includes audio data.
  2. Open the Audio tab of the Settings window, then enable the “Playback” property.
  3. Select the audio output device that you will be using.
  4. Make sure the configurations in Device Format closely matches the Take Format.
  5. Play the Take.

Device Format


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.

  • Accessing microphone properties from the Sound settings.
  • Configuring microphone device format.

Audio Export


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.

Exporting recorded audio in Motive.


Suggested Capture Devices


The following devices are internally tested and should work for most use cases:

  • AT2020 USB
  • MixPre-3 II Digital USB Preamp
  • Analog microphones using the 3.5 mm port


External Audio Capture


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.

  • Tentacle Sync TRACK E
  • Adobe Premiere
  • Avid Media Composer
  • Etc...

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.