Skype is one of those applications that has changed the world.
Seriously, think about it.
Most people listening to this podcast didn’t grow up with the ability to video conference with a person across the globe.
Now, we do it almost daily.
For podcasters, Skype has become a great asset, enabling us to connect with experts around the world for interviews and conversations, all with the click of a couple of buttons.
Maybe you’re new to podcasting and don’t know how to record a call using Skype.
Maybe you’re an old-timer who is considering a switch to a better option.
In this episode I’m going to walk through some of the 3rd party applications that enable you to record Skype – both audio and video – and provide links to all of those resources so you can check them out and make up your own mind.
Third party applications to record Skype calls.
First, understand that when I say “third party” applications, I mean software programs that are not developed or distributed by the folks at Skype. These software packages come from other folks who have found a way to connect to Skype and record what is going on through it.
Here’s my list:
Amolto Call Recorder for Skype – http://amolto.com/ – Windows only
I’ve never used this program but it appears to be pretty good. With Amolto you can:
- Record Skype calls automatically
- Make your recordings any length of time (no limit)
- Record in lossless or compressed formats
- And record in split-tracks
That’s all in the free version. The paid version includes video recording and a bunch of other stuff for $29.99 per user. Find out more at http://amolto.com
Callnote Premium Call Recorder – http://www.PodcastFastTrack.com/Callnote – Windows and OS
This program is for Windows and MAC and records video as well as audio. Here’s the features:
- Records Skype, Google Hangouts, Viber, and Facebook Audio and Video calls
- Can save your recordings to Evernote or Dropbox
- Can share the call records on Facebook, Youtube, or Email
- Can record a shared screen or chat from Skype calls
- You can manage your recordings on your computer
- Limited to 30 audio/video recordings per month on the free version
- Paid version is $9.95/year after a 14-day free trial
Ecamm Call Recorder for Skype – http://www.ecamm.com/mac – OS only
There are two versions to this one – demo and full. The demo version is free, but puts a “DEMO” watermark across your screen. The full version is $29.99 U.S.
- Demo version works for 7 days.
- Both versions record directly to your MAC
- HD video recording quality
- Split screen mode for conversations
- MP3 conversion capabilities
- Tracks can be split after the call
Evaer – http://www.Evaer.com – Windows only
- Free/trial version only allows 5 minute recording of video calls.
- Lifetime license is $19.95 and removes all restrictions.
- HD quality
- Records calls, screen sharing, and up to 10 way group Skype calls
- Many versions can be saved (audio only, video, etc.)
- Can adjust frame rates, etc.
- Save to MP4 or AVI
- Can record in split audio channels
G-Recorder – http://g-recorder.com – Windows and MAC
- Two versions – Standard ($24.99) and Professional ($39.99) – both lifetime licenses
- Record audio calls to local disk as mp3 files
- Quality adjustments
- Can automatically forward calls to any email
iFree Skype Recorder – http://ifree-recorder.com – Windows only
- Free, no limits attached
- Audio only recording
- Saves as mp3 file
- Simple, easy to use
MP3 Skype Recorder – http://voipcallrecording.com/MP3_Skype_Recorder – Windows and MAC
- Free, no limits for non-commercial use
- Automatic or manual recording options
- Saves as mp3 format
- Easy to use
- Can choose sample rate, bit rate, and stereo or mono
Pamela for Skype – http://www.Pamela.biz – Windows only
- Free version has 15 minute limit
- Unlimited recording 14.95 euros
- Can save to mp3, wma, ogg, or wav
TalkHelper – http://www.TalkHelper.com – Windows only
- 7 day free trial with no limitations
- Then $49.95 for full version
- Audio and video
- Saves directly to your computer
Vodburner – http://www.Vodburner.com – Windows and MAC
- $99.95 purchase price
- Can record and edit audio and video
- No time limits
- Save to MP4 format
As far as I know those are the only options for recording a Skype call.
Do you have anything to add to the list? I’d love to hear your comments!