Recording your Skype calls

Posted on Jan 2, 2012

A couple of days ago I received a tweet from Di Dawson asking if I had screenshots or video files from any virtual classroom sessions that I had previously facilitated for a programme that she was putting together.

My unfortunate answer was “no” as I have admittedly been shortsighted in my use of them in the past and had never anticipated needing to ‘capture’ the session itself as a resource in its own right. (of course I captured sessions using the Blackboard Collaborate tool that I had access to whilst working at URENCO, but I no longer have access to those). Not wanting to let Di down, I did a bit of thinking and thought about how I could kill 2 birds with one stone.

How could I help Di out and also do something that I often get asked about, which is how do I go about recording my podcast audio.

So I came up with the idea of producing a screencast outlining the tools and process that I use to record my podcast audio and then actually call Di up ‘live’ within the screencast and show the recording in progress.

Here’s what we came up with….

If you want a word of advice, I’d only watch the first 5 mins 15 secs of this screencast and the last 90 seconds. They are the parts of the screencast that are visual, the rest of it is purely audio and it’s quite a long time to just stare at a boring Skype screen just to hear the conversation between myself and Di, but don’t fret, my next podcast will be that very conversation.

Relevant links:

Scribie/CallGraph

Skype

DawsonLoane website

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 Comments

  1. @CraigTaylor74 useful, thanks Craig

  2. thanx for info, but as for me, i prefer to use this tool http://www.imcapture.com/IMCapture_for_Skype/, it records skype calls very well!)

  3. A lot of UK providers do not permit 3 way calling unless you’re on a business plan. Also the android recorder will only record from the microphone due to kernel limitations so you will have to conduct the interview over speakerphone, which often isn’t ideal, especially as a lot of phones nowadays have rubbish speakers. By far the best option is Skype, if you can get the opportunity to use it.

  4. You may also want to try MX SkypeRecorder http://skyperec.com/ which is stable and fulfills its duties. Well, at least it never let me down. Hope it’ll help.

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