Did you know that Skype finally added a call recording feature to their platform? It is one of the most requested features over the years, due to how useful it can be.
The new call recording feature is designed to be easy-to-use and you should have no trouble accessing it. Still, it doesn’t hurt to know exactly what you need to do.
How it Works
Before you try to use the new call recording feature – you should first make sure you have downloaded the latest version of Skype. To do that you can simply log into Skype, open up the Help menu and select the ‘Check for updates manually’ option.
Once you have updated Skype you should be on version 8 – or higher. That will let you start to record video calls by following a few simple steps:
- Start a Skype to Skype video call.
- Click on the ‘+’ button for more options.
- Select ‘Start recording’ to begin recording (a notification will be sent to the other participants in the call).
- Click ‘+’ and select ‘Stop recording’ to stop recording, or simply end the call.
- Open up the chat window to check the recording which will be listed there.
- Click on the ‘More options’ button.
- Select either ‘Save to Downloads’ to save the call in your Downloads folder, or ‘Save as’ to select a different folder to save it in as an MP4 video.
As you can see it is really quite straightforward and you can quickly start recording your calls then save them once you’re done. If you don’t save a call to your computer it will be available for a period of 30 days – after which it will disappear, permanently.
While Skype’s new call recording feature is great – it does have limitations. For starters, it can only be used on Skype to Skype calls, and on top of that, it does not give you much control over the actual recording parameters.
The good news is that there are alternative options out there that you can use as well in the form of specialized Skype recorders and screen recorders.
One option that is particularly of note is Movavi Screen Recorder. It is a capable screen recorder that will let you capture streaming video and Skype calls with ease. If you use it you’ll be able to adjust the recording parameters such as the capture area, frame rate, audio sources, volume levels, and more. On top of that, it has features that will allow you to automate the recording too.
Make no mistake there are other options out there as well and it should be easy enough to find them. At the end of the day, it all boils down to a question of the type of features that you want and the amount of control you require over the recording parameters.
In any case, you should definitely give Skype’s built-in call recording feature a try to see how it works.