Poor quality recording of YouTube

Hello…Jay here.
We need to record a 2 hour audio from a webinar. Someone suggested Audacity and it was downloaded and I went to youtube and found a 3 minute video and used Audacity to record the audio.
When played back it was full of static and the content was barely legible.

What settings were we missing that caused the un-usable audio file.
I read somewhere from some forum many years ago that you need a separate audio and video card and we may not have that and unable to get that.
Any ideas or alternatives?
Windows Vista Home Basic.

Audacity records what you give it.

Built-in (motherboard) audio and video card are all that most entry level computers have.

You did not give the make and model number of your computer. At a guess, you probably recorded YouTube with the built-in microphone on your machine.

You can read how to record computer playback using Audacity 2.0.5 here: http://manual.audacityteam.org/o/man/tutorial_recording_computer_playback_on_windows.html .

If you do not have 2.0.5, grab it here: http://audacityteam.org/download/windows .

Search using Google or your favourite search engine for how to download the video or audio from YouTube as the original file, instead of trying to record it as it plays.


Youtube was just a test of the program before using it when we were not home. We need to record a webinar and we had to leave at 5:30pm and the webinar didn’t start until 6pm. When we got back it had recorded “something” but during playback we could not hear it. So back to testing. It did record for 1 hour and 58 minutes, so since the time we left to the time until the webinar was over was 1 hour 30 minutes, then it may have recorded on, expecting more audio and when there was none for a certain length of time (?) it cut off on it’s own. Nothing else was on except the open webinar window so it should not have recorded anything else.

If you want to schedule a recording please see here: http://manual.audacityteam.org/o/man/timer_record.html .

If you don’t want the recording to pause when the input signal becomes quiet, turn off Transport > Sound Activated Recording, so that it does not have a tick (checkmark) by it.

To record the correct input source for computer playback, see: http://manual.audacityteam.org/o/man/tutorial_recording_computer_playback_on_windows.html .