How to capture audio on MBP Retina Late-2013?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by sailfishx, Feb 7, 2014.

  1. sailfishx macrumors newbie

    Nov 2, 2013

    I need to capture the analog audio from my old video camera, on my brand new MacBook Pro 15" Retina Late-2013 model.
    I was sure that the single mini-jack port on the MBP was dual in function, in that it could be used both as an audio out-line (e.g. headphones) and an audio in-line (e.g. microphone).

    I have the EasyCap USB video capture dongle, but it does not handle the audio. I have two dongles, bought on separate occasions, both will capture the video, but not the audio.

    On several YouTube tutorials for the EasyCap dongle, the mac 3.5mm mini-jack port is used as an audio in-line. When I follow the tutorials for switching between audio-out and audio-in, I´m stopped in the preference panel, when I reach the "audio-section".
    Link to tutorial:
    Link to Apple support's tutorial (for 13" MBP):
    I do not have any visible drop-down menu to choose from.

    How should I go about getting the analog audio from my video camera?
  2. priitv8 macrumors 68030

    Jan 13, 2011
    You need to understand, that the audio port on this rMBP is analogous to the one used on iPhone. Meaning - it has a stereo headphone output and a mono mic/remote input. Plus a MBP bonus - optical digital S/PDIF output.
    You basically have 2 options:
    1) use an adapter cable that would connect your mic connector to the iPhone mic ring for rMBP. As you already understand, this only yields you mono sound.
    2) use an external ADC to digitise your mic input. You could use a USB device, but probably also a ThunderBolt device.
    Also, see this thread:
  3. sailfishx thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 2, 2013
    Great, thanks!
    I just bought this adapter, on eBay:
    The analog audio signal from the video camera is mono, so there is no problems there :)

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