The popularity of Skype and Apple’s FaceTime tell me we’re entering the age of face-to-face video calling. Bad hair days, no makeup, and grubby t-shirts might slow down the adoption of video calls, but it’s here and growing.
For Mac Skype users there’s an app that records your video (and audio) calls and saves them as movies so you have a complete record of what you said and did on a Skype call. All you have to do is fire up Skype, connect to your caller, and click the big red Record button.
Call Recording For The Rest Of Us
Why would you want to record Skype calls? Beyond the obvious, the list of reasons quickly grows.
It’s a good way to save the video and audio of a call made to a family member.
Videos of those calls will be priceless in the future.
It’s also a good way to capture everything that was said and agreed to on a business video call.
That’s what Call Recorder for Skype does. Simply and easily, one click begins the recording process. All the video and audio of your call gets saved to your Mac as a QuickTime movie (good for playback later, archiving, or even posting on Facebook).
If you can setup Skype and click a big red Record button, then you can use Call Recorder. The button appears automatically when you launch Skype.
That’s easy, right? But options abound. You can also pause the recording, click to find the location where the video call was recorded to on your Mac.
You want options? Call Recorder integrates itself into Skype’s Preferences.
Click the Recording button in Skype’s Preferences for additional options.
Audio and video quality can be changed, as can the video frame rate and the video image size.
Call Recorder also does picture-in-picture so both the caller and the callee video will be recorded. You can decide where to store the recordings, too.
For the most part, Caller Recorder works as advertised. Just remember that bandwidth is important, and so is the Mac’s horsepower on both sides.
If the video quality in Skype is good, the video recording will be good (audio files can be converted to smaller MP3 files).
Likewise, if quality isn’t so good, that will be captured, too. Your mileage may vary, but I found Call Recorder works well on the latest Skype for Mac version, including Mac Lion.
Alas, it does not record video or audio in iChat (which can do recordings), FaceTime, or other third party video calling apps. And, of course, it’s Mac only. There’s also an issue with extracting audio files on multi-person calls, so dig into the Call Recorder details.