A few years ago we brought to your attention a Mac utility which turned Skype calls into QuickTime movies. It was cleverly named Call Recorder for Skype and with the click of a button you could save an entire Skype video or audio call as a movie or audio file. Now you can do much the same thing with FaceTime.
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If you’re like many Mac, iPhone, and iPad users, you appreciate the added video and audio quality that Apple puts into FaceTime. One can think of it as Skype for Apple customers, but there’s more to it than that. FaceTime is just drop dead easy to use. Click and connect. That’s it. The built-in iSight cameras on the Mac tend to have higher quality than many Windows PC counterparts, so the added quality is reflected in a FaceTime call.
Call Recorder for FaceTime is the Mac app which does the same as the Skype option. It records, automatically, the entire FaceTime call, audio and video, or just audio.
The way the app works is with Mac-like and FaceTime-like simplicity. Fire up FaceTime, select the Call Recorder option, click the big red Record button and everything gets recorded as a high quality video (subject to the quality of your camera, the connection, and bandwidth, of course).
Audio calls can be converted to MP3 files for archive or sharing. Video calls are saved as QuickTime movies that can be uploaded to YouTube, Vimeo, or other online services.
Call Recorder for FaceTime is smart enough to take a call handed off from your iPhone to your Mac and record that, too. Is there anything not to like? No. If you can read and click then you can record FaceTime calls on your Mac.
The controls are straightforward, logical, and familiar.
I’ve used Ecamm’s products for years, including Call Recorder for Skype, PhoneView to find files on my iPhone and iPad, iGlasses to add effects to the Mac’s built-in camera, and Printopia, which prints from iPhone and iPad to a printer, even if it doesn’t support smartphones and tablets or wireless devices.
The nice thing about these guys is that support is prompt, updates are frequent, and updates are for life (not sure who’s life; theirs or mine). I don’t know of an easier, faster way to take a FaceTime call and turn it into a two-faced movie you can save and share. As you would expect, there’s also a trial version so you can see exactly how it works before the purchase.