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Selecting audio input to use with laptop camera

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    windows 8.1

    Selecting audio input to use with laptop camera


    I'm using a Dell XPS 12 running Windows 8.1. Connected via USB is a Focusrite Scarlett 18i6, which sends the computer a digital audio signal (the Focusrite is an outboard preamp and analog to digital converter). When I run a DAW such as Ableton Live, I have no trouble selecting the Focusrite as the audio source.

    The problem: I want to record footage of me playing using the laptop's built-in camera. When I use the Camera app, it always chooses the laptop's crappy built-in microphone as an audio source. It doesn't give me the option of choosing the Focusrite as an audio source.

    I'm guessing there is no way to fix it; there are almost no options for configuring the built-in Camera app. But perhaps there is another Win 8.1 app which doesn't have the same stupid limitation?

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    Have you looked at the Sound Panel/Recording Section? May be a setting there that will allow you to use a mic connected to the Focusrite unit?


    (I have a (Sonar) recording studio).
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    windows 8.1


    Thanks for replying. I don't know why, but the problem has self-resolved. I tried using the Camera app this morning and for some reason, when I went to Settings, there was an option to select the audio source! It hadn't been there before (even though the Focusrite was connected at the time).

    As a footnote: Before the problem self-resolved, I tried downloading a different camera app... and, man, was that ever an ugly experience. Apps that flat-out didn't work, apps that served no known purpose, reviews written by spambots and illiterates, apps that didn't show up on a search even though the search term was in the title of the app... The Windows Store is really f*cking broken.
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