Free audio and video recording software

October 19, 2016
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Recording Skype video and audio conversations on a Mac can be extremely handy. With Skype video and audio recording, you can replay conversations at a later date and embed Skype interviews into YouTube videos and podcasts.

Skype is the standard method for having video and audio conversations across the internet, and has kept its crown in the face of strong competition from Apple and FaceTime. Skype is huge: at one point it had more than 50 million users online at the same time.

This feature covers how to record a Skype video and audio conversation on a Mac. While recording conversations may sound a little creepy, it is incredibly useful in a whole range of situations. You can record Skype interviews to make sure you are quoting people accurately, and you can record video conversations for use in video podcasts. This Skype recording tutorial shows you how to get started.

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Record video and audio calls using Call Recorder for Skype

If you are running Mac OS X 10.8 Mavericks or later then the easiest way to record Skype audio and video calls is to use an app called Call Recorder for Skype. Unfortunately Call Recorder isn't a free app (we get to the various free options in a moment). It costs $29.95 - about £17.61. But if you record calls on a regular basis you will find it's well worth the money.

A free trial is available from the Ecamm website that works for seven days (although it watermarks recordings). Here is how to record a call using Call Recorder:

  1. Quit the Skype app.
  2. When the installation process has finished click on Open Skype in the Alert dialogue window to re-open the Skype app.
  3. Start a video or audio conversation in Skype.
  4. Click Stop in Call Recorder to finish recording.
  5. Click the Search icon in Call Recorder to open the Finder folder containing the video or audio recording. (The folder is located in ~/Movies/Saved Calls by default.)

Call Recorder is the easiest way to record calls in Skype, and it integrates into the Skype app so we prefer using it to some other options. It's a shame you have to pay for it, but if you record Skype calls on a regular basis the £17.61 fee is worth it.

Recording Skype audio calls for free on a Mac

If you just want to record the audio of a Skype call, then there are a few options available to you. Probably the best option to go for is Rogue Amoeba's Piezo. This small app is designed to make it easy to record audio from your chosen app.

Here is how to use Piezo to record Skype audio for free:

  1. Open Skype.
  2. Open Piezo.
  3. In Piezo, click Source and select Skype.
  4. Start a video or audio chat.
  5. Click the red Record button in Piezo. Click OK to the pop-up alert warning that you are in trial mode.
  6. When you've finished the conversation, click Record again to stop recording.

The free version of Piezo has some limitations. It only enables you to record audio, as we said, and after 10 minutes of recording it starts to degrade the quality by adding noise on top of the audio. This time limit minimises its use in professional settings, such as podcasting, but if all you want is an audio record of a conversation, it's ideal.

Record Skype video for free using QuickTime

If you want a free way to record Skype video calls on a Mac then one option is to use QuickTime to record your screen while you are talking. QuickTime Records the whole screen and an option in settings enables you to record from your microphone at the same time. It's a pretty good option for recording from QuickTime, FaceTime or any OS X app.

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