Creating Dorico videos

By popular demand (not really, just a few nerds) I’d like to create a Dorico playback video. I don’t believe this is a native part of Dorico (the documentation is the other way around: syncing an already-made video with Dorico) and I don’t have any experience doing something like this. But, some others here may, and I’m looking for suggestions before I start to fumble blindly into the dark.

What I’d like to see is the audio output following the moving cursor, just like playback in Dorico, but without some of the system edit flags like system breaks visible. What’s the easiest way to do this and get a decent result?

1 Like

Galley View, and hide all signposts?

I use Movavi Screen Capture, works great. You can easily set your audio source as Dorico’s audio engine.

1 Like

Ah - hide signposts is exactly what I was looking for. Thanks!

Checking out the Movavi website - egads, I don’t like their website layout. Way too much scrolling to see basic advertising for the product.

Yup, but the product itself works great. There are, of course, a bazillion similar products available, and possibly others are better. But I’ve used Movavi with great success.

I’m a fan of OBS (Open Broadcaster Software), if only because of the price point (free!). I can’t speak to its quality versus that of other software, but I know it’s pretty widely used and suits a number of purposes.

The one thing I would mention is that I haven’t been able (nor do I even know if it’s possible) to get it to work with my audio interface. It seems like if you’re using one of those, Dorico sends audio straight to it, and the rest of the computer never even gets a whiff of it, which would make capturing the audio in a separate program not possible. Dunno though. As long as you either just use your standard PC audio outputs or you don’t mind switching your audio device in Dorico, should be no problem.

When I run into that, I typically capture out to another device. Then I combine the video and audio in PowerDirector, which is really simple.

Interesting. When you say you capture out to another device, do you mean like another hardware device physically attached to an audio interface? Because that’s the only way I can imagine getting a hold of the audio signal after Dorico’s sent it to the audio interface (at least, that’s my experience with my Scarlett 6i6).

I feel like at that point, I’d rather just switch the audio output device in Dorico and then plug my headphones into my PC’s headphone jack. OBS definitely has no trouble capturing that.

Sorry, device was totally the wrong word. In Audacity, you can set the input source as “device capture” or something like that, allowing you to capture whatever is passing through your sound card regardless (or as a former professor used to say, “dis-irregardless”) of where it’s being generated.

Ah, yeah, ok, that makes more sense (though device was totally the right word; there’s more than one kind!). Thing is, I think this is precisely why OBS (and I’d wager perhaps other video capture software as well) doesn’t play well with an audio interface. If you have Dorico set to output to one, it bypasses your sound card entirely; like, the audio interface is your sound card now. But there’s no software protocol by which the audio interface funnels any of that signal back to the computer (at least not any audio interface I’ve used, which admittedly is only a handful), but that’s why I thought you might’ve meant separate hardware.

In any case, this is a pretty niche issue and likely not even a problem for Andrew, as I’d bet he’s not one of the probably very small number of users who find need to video record from Dorico AND are using an audio interface. I, on the other hand, just happen to occasionally be one of them :laughing:

Yeah. I do think many people probably need external audio devices, since so many laptops’ built-in devices are absolutely garbage. Mine can barely play an orchestral score with choir that uses NP. It’s a “pro” machine, and I have to set the buffer as high as possible, and it still shorts out. I imagine I’m not alone!

Corel VideoStudio has a screen-capture mode if you own that.

Ant uses Screenflow (Mac only) for all of the videos on our YouTube channel; I have and use iShowU Studio (also Mac only). You can even do screen recordings in QuickTime Player on Mac, though the functionality provided there is very basic.

I’d love to have this feature built-in to Dorico. I’ve been using OBS Studio but it’s overly complex for just capturing audio with score with the moving bar.


Well, I’m not using Movavi. Any demo that constantly pops up IE windows trying to promote the product is trash.

Two days ago, in an another topic here in this forum about the playhead in Dorico (the green bar), I wrote this:

“I dream of a unique software that makes video scrolling score without playhead like we see and listen to on YouTube. Any geek out there to program such a software? Or maybe, adding that kind of feature in Dorico? I have the right to dream! … and to sing the blues.”


OK, I had the initial problem of getting OBS to capture Dorico’s sound output, but it looks like I got OBS to recognize sound coming from Dorico. I had to get a bit creative and tracked down the Edit->Device Setup->Device Control Panel->“Allow ASIO host app…” checkbox and disabled that option.

1 Like

The first video result, for anyone who might be interested. I am using OBS Studio to create the screen capture videos, and editing them with OpenShot Video Editor. More to come.

Very nice! Glad to see OBS is working out for you.

Out of sheer curiosity, is there any particular reason the page is migrating left in the video? Intentional or still got some kinks to iron out perhaps?

Damn, OpenShot is buggy as hell. I don’t recommend it.

The page migrating is OpenShot stupidness.

I’m now taking recommendations for video editing software.

PowerDirector. Not free, but excellent. You generally get what you pay for in this arena.