Tools to Record Interviews Using Skype

Last week, I published an article called 5 Online Tools Freelance Writers Can Use to Make Life and Business Easier, which offered my suggestions for free and cheap tools that any freelance writer can try.  One of the items on that list was Skype, which enables you to make free calls (including international calls) from your computer.  Skype is free and not only helps freelance writers manage client communication, but it’s also an incredible tool for conducting audio and video interviews.

Want to see a sample of a video taken via a Skype call?  Check out the videos I took using Call Recorder for Mac (discussed later in this post) for Newstex.com.  The video recording feature in Call Recorder allows you to record both parties on the call (using a picture-in-picture feature) or just one party (which is great for those of us who work at home in our pajamas).  You control everything on your end.  The person on the other end of the call just needs a Skype account, a webcam, and a microphone.

Convinced these tools work well?  Take a look at some of the great choices to record the audio and/or video of your own Skype calls.

1. Call Recorder for Mac

I use Call Recorder and love it!  It’s easy to use, cheap, and takes seconds to install.  You can even download a free demo to give it a test drive before you buy the software.  When you’re ready to buy, it’s only $19.95.

2. Total Recorder

Total Recorder for Windows comes in three versions from $17.95 to $53.95 with the more expensive versions offering more capabilities such as video recording.  Even the base version allows you to record online audio from any source, such as Skype, webinars, and more.

3. Pamela Call Recorder

If you want a free, bare-bones audio recorder that works only with Skype, then the Pamela Call Recorder Skype Extra is a good solution for you!

There are some other options to record Skype calls, but the above are the ones I have used or have heard positive things about from others who have used them.  Do you have a preferred tool for recording Skype calls?  Leave a comment and share your suggestions!

Comments

  1. BA says

    I have a question related to this article. I’m required to do interviews over the phone or over Skype for work, and the company would like to start recording these interviews (with consent, of course!). What will give us the highest quality? A Skype recorder? An in-line landline recorder? A cell phone hookup? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks for the article, Susan!

    • says

      BA,
      I think an in-line landline recorder would give you the best quality, but I get great quality from Call Recorder for Mac using Skype. As long as both participants have decent microphones, the quality is very good.

  2. says

    While I love the idea of Skype, I have encountered numerous glitches such as frequent call drops and glitchy sound while trying to use it as an interview tool. As of yet, I haven’t found any good fixes for the problems, and many of my friends and family have experienced the same. Does anyone know of a way to make Skype more stable?

    I always figured it was because I’m not a paying subscriber, but I never could bring myself to actually pay for a glitchy service.
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    • says

      Kevin,
      I’m not sure. I’ve used Skype for quite a while (the free version), and I’ve never had a call dropped or bad sound quality unless one of the participants’ microphone or headphone had a problem. You might want to take note of what you’re doing, the equipment you’re using, and when the problem happens and contact Skype to see if they have any ideas as to why you keep having problems. There are some other voip providers, but I haven’t used those so I’m not sure how well they work.

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