How to record Audio or Video with OneNote

Now, never miss a single key point in a lecture with Microsoft OneNote! It is a right tool for users who always want to have an audio/video copy of the lecture with them for verifying notes taken in class. Students can use a video recording to capture an important demonstration. All you need to have is OneNote 2013 with you. We have already seen create Text-based OneNote Flash Cards and  Image-based Flash Cards. Today we will see how to record Audio or Video with OneNote.

Most current models of laptop and portable computers have a built-in microphone that allows you to record audio in OneNote using no additional hardware. For a video, you need to have a digital camera capable of recording movie clips, such as a webcam connected.

Record Audio or Video with OneNote

You require Microsoft DirectX 9.0a or later and Microsoft Windows Media Player 9 or later to record audio or video clips in OneNote 2013.

Open OneNote 2013 app and click the location on the page where you want to place the recording. Now, select the ‘Insert’ tab and click the ‘Audio Recording’ option. On the Standard toolbar, you can click the arrow next to the Record button, and then click either Record Audio Only or Record Video.

Record Audio

You can display the icon above or below the ribbon to have quick access to the toolbar. Just right-click the moue button and select the desired option.

Audio recording icon above toolbar

Once you select ‘Audio Recording’ option, a time stamp will be placed on the page. Start recording your audio notes. You can see a notification indicating the recording has started.


To stop the recording, click Stop Button image on the Audio and Video Recording toolbar. OneNote records the sound clip as a .wma file. Click the icon next to the notes to see or hear the portion of the recording that’s associated with those notes.

Audio Recording stopped

For video recording, select the option adjacent to Audio Recording – Video Recording. A window should appear confirming video recording has started. To stop the recording, simply hit the ‘Stop’ button. OneNote combines audio and video in a .wmv file.

Record Audio or Video with OneNote 2013

By default, the See Playback button on the Audio and Video Recording toolbar is active.

In this way, you can use OneNote to record audio or video.

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