I recently found an awwwesome tool! If you’re a windows user, I won’t waste your time. Sorry! It’s only available for Mac users right now!
I’ve been wracking my brain on how to record my Skype calls and have considered other options. Google Hangouts wasn’t so intuitive and not everyone has a Google account, Uber Conference won’t let you see each other, and the free Zoom account has a time limit otherwise, you’ll have to pay a monthly fee in order to keep using it. Most of my clients know and already use Skype so I tried using the Quicktime screen recording, but it doesn’t record incoming audio and kept crashing on me. Yikes!
Enter Ecamm Call Recorder for Skype. What is it btw? It’s an extension or a plugin for Skype so you will need to have Skype already installed on your computer. They let you try it out for free if you’re not sure it will be a good match for your needs. To buy it is just $29.95 at the moment and you won’t need to pay a subscription fee.
So basically, once the plugin is installed on my computer, I went to the settings and pretty much check every single thing:
As you can see, I have it set to record calls automatically which is neat so I won’t have to worry about pressing the record button. Everything is saved automatically into a folder in my computer.
I even have it set to Multi-track which is REALLY cool.
What’s so good about multi-track? Well, it’s no good if you don’t download Ecamm’s Movie Tool (It’s free!). So it’s essential that you download and install this as well.
After you’ve recorded a call, open up the Ecamm Movie Tool and your recordings should pop up on the left hand side. Below the preview screen, you can choose what views you want to show.
- Local Only will show just you and your video or your screen if you have screensharing turned on.
- Remote Only will show just the video coming in from the other person on the call
- Picture in Picture will show the Remote view with your picture in a small window (which you can drag around the screen if it looks better elsewhere!)
- Split Screen is both the Local and Remote each taking up half the screen space
- Tiled will try to fit all the windows in the screen.
You can export your video as a mov, mp4 or m4v file. Exporting as audio only will have 4 different options including mp3. I usually choose mp4 as it’s a really popular video file type. Once I’m done, I just click on Export and save it where I need it to go!
One thing to note: the videos are saved to your computer therefore will take up your hard drive space. Make sure you have more than enough hard drive space free before you start any recording. The screen shot above shows my Video Image Size set at a smaller setting. This will help reduce your video’s file size. The recording will be passable but not crisp and small text might not be easy to read. If this happens, try adjusting the Video Image Size.