To8oT: please do not double post - it is considered very bad form on anty internet forum. It only wastes people’s time, annoys them and doesn’t get your question answered any quicker. I have removed your duplicate post.
There have been many discussion threads on this topic on the forum particularly in this section - try using the Search function at the top right of the page.
Actually it’s not the double-posters that bother us most - it’s the tidal waves of spam. The clean-up team of elves spends a fair while every day getting rid of the garbage (some of it with dangerous links).
Yes, but that doesn’t mean it has to sound like trash. You can do really well with a built-in microphone if 1) Windows Sound Services isn’t trying to help you with echo cancellation and other tricks, 2) the laptop itself doesn’t make too much noise, and 3) you do it in a quiet room.
It doesn’t have to sound like you’re recording in a bathroom and that’s what gives most “home” videos that cheesy quality. I saw a YouTube where the performer went to great pains to simulate a network news desk – colours and all. The spoof made it right up to the first time he opened his mouth and it turned out he was using the microphone on top of his camcorder and he was recording in a bathroom – or at least it sounded like it.
Here. Not a lot of setup with this and I did edit the volumes so the newspaper test isn’t killer loud. I suspect I could easily get rid of the rest of the background noise with Steve’s Threshold Filter or Noise Reduction.