How To Record Skype Video – Skype Video Call Recording Tools

How To Record Skype Video – Skype Video Call Recording Tools

Doing all important Skype Video chats/conference calls and want to make sure you get it all recorded? Here are a list of a few popular skype video recording plugins that are designed to help you do that. Overall, I found them all to be more hindrance than help and really can't recommend any of them.

Tools and Plugins to Record Skype Video

Personally I use one of two screen capture applications for all my video recording use as they cover most everything. Camstudio, which I received for a review I did on it and Fraps, which is pretty much the standard in the video game world. Remember, before doing any sort of call recording, you need to notify the other people who are on the call that you are recording it. It's illegal not to do so, even if you're just having a chat with your friends or family.

Now, there are a lot of plugins to Skype that will record video as well so I thought I would take a look at them also.

Pamela Call Recorder for Skype

How To Record Skype Video – Skype Video Call Recording Tools

This was, I believe, one of the first plugins to Skype that was specifically for call recording. It was developed by Pamela Systems (hence the name). It not only records voice calls but also video, conference and chat. On top of that there are a whole list of other things that aren't related to recording in it including a call scheduler.

Now there are four different versions: Basic, Call Recorder, Professional and Business. The basic limits call recordings to 15 minutes and is free while the others range in price from 14.95 to 29.95. Professional and Business have 30-day free trials while the Call Recorder has a licensed and unlicensed version.  Also, you have to buy either the Professional or Business version in order to record Video calls. Unlicensed just limits calls to 15 minutes in length. Here's the big chart of product differences: http://www.pamela.biz/en/products/

Supertintin Skype Video Recorder

How To Record Skype Video – Skype Video Call Recording ToolsAnother Skype plugin is Supertintin . Aside from having an odd name it's got a very easy-to-use interface and can automatically start to record a call when it begins with just one button. You can try it before you buy it for $29.95. It can even record two video streams at the same time side-by-side or picture-in-picture.

There are 6 video recording modes,

  • Audio Only: No video is recorded.
  • Picture-in-Picture: Record video from both sides of the call in picture-in-picture format. The recorded video will look exactly as you see it during the call, with your video inset within the remote video.
  • Side by Side: Record video from both sides of the call, with each side taking up half the picture.
  • Local Only: Only the local side (video from your camera) will recorded.
  • Remote Only: Only the remote side (video from the other participant) will recorded.
  • Two files: Records Local and Remote onto two files. The files can be used for post-production and editting.

I had massive problems with my apparently under-powered computer. With only an Intel Pentium E-5300 dual core at 2.6Ghz and 3GB of RAM I know I don't have the top of the line, but I thought it would be able to do video calling. But no. Starting up Skype with Supertintin basically began boggind things down and causing all manner of problems. Not recommended.

How To Record Skype Video – Skype Video Call Recording Tools

VodBurner Video Call Recorder

How To Record Skype Video – Skype Video Call Recording ToolsVODBurner on the other hand installed just fine. UPDATED (by Mark Robertson):  Shortly after publishing this article, VodBurner reached out to us directly (mind you - the only one of these that did) and worked with me to troubleshoot the issues I was having with the tool.  Im happy to report that since discovering the issue (really just needed to reinstall skype and then reinstall vodburner), the tool works great for me.  Im able to record my video conversations on Skype and then edit those, choose options as to whether to have the videos (of each skype caller) shown side-by-side, vertically, etc..., and then export the file.  Of all the tools that I've tested, this one works great now and I am using it often myself.  Thanks to the VodBurner team for the quick resolution.

But then when I went to run it, the software told me that I had Skype v4.2 (which I do) and that it's only for v4.1 (which it apparently is). So I clicked on the site link as instructed to follow directions to get it to work with v4.2 and the instructions say "install the software, click yes." Great, only problem is, Skype didn't ask me, it just installed it and it doesn't work. FAIL!

Each Skype plugin is actually a separate EXE that runs. Some of them run poorly indeed. Maxing out CPU, RAM and generally making things sluggish was not uncommon in my testing. It seems that 3GB of RAM and a dual-core processor isn't always enough or there are memory leaks that might need to be fixed.

Ecamm Call Recorder - Video Recording for Macs

How To Record Skype Video – Skype Video Call Recording ToolsEcamm Call Recorder is a Skype add-on for Macs (compatible up Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard, you may need QuickTime Broadcaster for older Macs) which records Skype calls into QuickTime movies. According to their site, the plugin is compatible with Skype 5. However, they say that they dont recommend using beta versions for any important recordings.

Call Recorder recordings are saved as QuickTime movie files containing two audio tracks (the local and remote side of the conversation) and one video track.  Because of the fact that there are 2 separate audio tracks, uploading the skype recordings directly to some sites like YouTube and Facebook may result in missing audio on different tracks.  Definitely convert the mov file first before uploading if you have this issue.  Additionally, according to their website, there may be conversion issues when importing into Final Cut Pro so they recomend first converting the movies to DV using Apple's Compressor application.

The plugin costs only $19.95.  However, there's a coupon code out there from TRTTT that I just found and it works now - use coupon code RISE for 20% off.

Conclusion - Try Screen Recording:

And that's all the she wrote. Overall, I dub the current state of Skype video call recording an epic failure. None of the programs function extremely well. Many are cumbersome resource hogs that bog down your computer or simply don't work. Now I see why Mark assigned this project to me...damn him! If I really needed to record a video chat on Skype, I would not use any of the plugins I found (see my personal recommendations at the top of the article).

Next Up-2-Way Video Chat Tools

Next on my agenda is two-way video chat clients, preferably with built in recording options. Personally, I'll stick to FRAPS or CamStudio both of which I already have and function great. They can record just about anything that is displayed on your screen and work in the background without eating massive resources.

Now there are other applications that will do this. The article was mainly focused on so-called Skype plugins and not external applications. Oddly, all of the plugins run like external apps anyway so really, what's the point of them?

About the Author -
Christophor Rick is a freelance writer specializing in technology, new media, video games, IPTV, online video advertising and consumer electronics. His past work has included press releases, copy-writing, travel writing and journalism. He also writes novel-length and short fiction as part of Three-Faced Media . View All Posts By -

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  • http://www.facebook.com/dettering Bill Dettering

    Applian Technologies makes some good programs for recording online media. Replay Telecorder is designed especially for Skype, and can record video and audio. And Replay Video Capture is the top performing screen capture recorder for Windows.

    http://applian.com/replay-video-capture/
    http://applian.com/replay-telecorder

    • Christophor Rick

      By top performing you mean what exactly? That's just marketing speak for "we think our product rocks" As far as I'm concerned the 'top performing' video capture app for windows is FRAPS... minimal overhead, ample features without being cumbersome (does screenshot and video). Has some limitations in the free version but is still the all around best to me.

      • http://www.VideoLeadsOnline.com/ Ronnie Bincer

        No pulling punches, eh? (on Bill's "Marketing-Speak")
        I'm in the Mac world and it seems that you did not cover much for Macs and Skype (except Ecamm call recorder). I've used Jing, but it only lasts 5 minutes. I'd guess that Camtasia studio would be the way to go, but costs more $$.

        • http://www.reelseo.com/ Mark Robertson

          Camtasia and screenflow are good for screencapture and ecamm actually
          works great. I also live jing but hate the 5 min cap as well. I told
          techsmith that id pay extra for it but.... BTW - vodburner, which
          works for me now, is really good, but for PC

        • Christophor Rick

          Yeah I haven't got a Mac so I was unable to do any testing and I wanted to provide my thoughts on the application performance. Now if Mark were to get me a new big Air, I'd gladly dive into all manner of video software for articles here at ReelSEO :D

        • http://www.reelseo.com/ Mark Robertson

          you didnt get the Mac air that I sent in September? Ill be dammed if I send
          you anything now ;-)

  • TimDanyo

    Thanks Chris! Just the info. I needed at the right time!

    • Christophor Rick

      Hi Tim,

      Awesome! That's what I'm here for.

  • Christophor Rick

    Hi Pam,

    That's fantastic. I was just watching Leo Laporte's TWiT this week and they were talking about video chat. I think we need to drop that link on Leo since they're using Skype presently. The whole up to 6 people thing is cool as well.

  • http://de.wetours.com Thailand Reisen

    Great, I was just looking for something like this! Want to do some interviews using skype.

    • http://de.wetours.com Thailand Reisen

      follow up question: you said none of the programs function really well, but I didn't see what was the problem with Pamela software. Can you elaborate please? Thanks!

      • Christophor Rick

        Pamela felt cumbersome and there were so many options and add-ons that it felt like it was mired down by its own weight. Additionally "you have to buy either the Professional or Business version in order to record Video calls." It would be nice if they just made a simple version that did nothing but record (audio and video in and out) so as to limit system resource seepage, etc. On something like a netbook...it just felt like too much junk just to record video when I could do better with an external app.

        • http://de.wetours.com Thailand Reisen

          Thanks. I'll check out CamStudio then :-)

        • Christophor Rick

          The thing I really dig about CamStudio is how you can select what to record. You can use a fixed area of the screen or you can drag a box to identify (and then while recording move that box) or you can do full screen. Meanwhile, Fraps will generally just capture the active window that you are looking at. Could be useful if you were doing a one on one interview and you wanted to cut back and forth from say your webcam to the interviewer, etc.

  • http://twitter.com/peeplaja Peep Laja

    I'm looking for a quality video recorder too and tried 5 of them. They all suck! Contrary to your findings I found that Supertintin was the best of all, tho. I didn't have any of the problems you experienced.

    Still, the market is hungry for a quality product. Or why doesn't Skype itself let you record it.

    • http://www.reelseo.com/ Mark Robertson

      I found completely the opposite - supertintin was by far the worst I
      tried. Did not work at all. Since then and since talking to
      vodburner, who actually cared about our post, I've found it to work
      quite well - still can't get supertintin to work at all.

  • Eva

    Evaer Skype video recorder helps record your Skype video and audio calls into AVI movies. Easy to use for your Skype video and audio interviews, conferences, podcasts, or family VoIP calls.

  • http://twitter.com/pathfindernig Yinka Olaito

    Thanks Christopher,please how do i use Window 7 to record skype video chat?

    • Christophor Rick

      I would test some of these various applications...or just use one of the non-Skype specific apps I mentioned

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JXJMFPL7CWPFBAUCXQ5MCFP6GM Kenneth Dare

    Great.

    Also as alternative - Evaer skype video recorder to record your skype audio & video calls at http://www.evaer.com

  • dinadana

    As for me i recording my Skype with IMCapture for Skype.
    It's good recorder i think!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=722131685 Mike Bolotenko

    Hi, So far Vodburner does not work for me. The support staff are fantastic but no solution. I can't use it. I am trying to get Evaer to work - problems with lag and extra recording windows appearing where they should not. Again, support staff is excellent. Teleplay's resolution is not the best. I have downloaded Supertintin and Camerasoft and will try those tomorrow. All of these programmes seem to have not gotten past the plug and play stage yet. Maybe I'm just a bonehead, but I am also a typical customer who is willing to pay for the service that all of these products claim to be able to deliver. I am looking for a customizable Skype video recorder - customizable for resolution, picture layout and able to modify the format - and idiot proof. Turn on, tune in and drop out! Any advice would be appreciated. I will try to update re: Supertintin and Camerasoft. BTW - the first outfit of those mentioned above that can offer me what I am looking for gets my money. mikeysboomercafe@yahoo.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000675623698 Sardar Imran Khan

    nice

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000129577821 Kannan Satheesan

    superb

  • James

    Anyone happen to know if Fraps is able to record the audio channels separately (so that the volume levels can easily be adjusted later?)

  • Trev

    Thanks Christophor, you mention "two-way video chat clients, preferably with built in recording options". Do you know of any other than oovoo?
    I am looking for an online version rather than desktop, preferably with an api to be able to program integration with my site.

    Thanks very much.

  • Lenie Clarin Maquito

    I need a free skype VIDEO and CALL recorder. I tried the trial versions and they can only record voice..no video. please help. thanks

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001337116825 Solomon John

    Hi
    I did not record a call , but if I wana see exactly what happened on that call. Is there any way of retrieving it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000224804397 Mike Davis

    Cool! I was looking for a way to record my Skype video calls, and was considering both Pamela and Vodburner. With the helpful information here, I was able to avoid the brain damage and go straight for Techsmith Camtasia. It's bullet-proof full-screen recording. Thanks for the review, Christophor B).

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002391688690 Nicole Molinelli

    You may also want to try MX SkypeRecorder.
    http://skyperec.com/ which seems quite stable. Well, at least it never let me down unlike other apps. Hope it helps.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002599934027 Jane Gergel

    there is a nice tool for skype calls recording i prefer to use http://www.imcapture.com/IMCapture_for_Skype/, it's really great!) but thanx for info!)

  • ritazhang

    i have been using a skype recorder for weeks and find it very easy and simple to use.just in case someone may need it ,i paste the link here: http://www.addictivetips.com/windows-tips/athtek-skype-recorder-automatically-record-audio-from-all-skype-calls/