Skype recorder : video & audio

Last update : November 16, 2013
The following tools are available to capture video and audio from skype calls :

  • VodBurner : 99,95 $ ; 14 day trial; record, edit, upload
  • Supertintin : 29,95 $ ; trial with 5 minutes recording limit; group video conference up to 10 ways
  • IMcapture (formerly SkypeCap) : 49,95 $ ; trial with 2 minutes recording limit and logo
  • eCamm (for Mac) : 19,95 $ ; free demo
  • PowerGramo : 14,95 $ (basic) up to 44,95 $ (enterprise); free trial; upgrades possible
  • Pamela : 14,95 $ (basic) up to 29,95 $ (business); 30 day trial; up to 15 minutes recording fro free ; cheap versions audio only
  • Replay Telecorder : 29,95 $ ; demo version; capture suit with 9 products in bundle for 59 $
  • Evaer : 19,95 $ ; free version with 5 minutes recording limit available ; licence pack for 5 users for 79,95 $ ; group video calls
  • AthTek Skype Recorder : (only audio) 19,95 $ ; free version with 5 minutes recording limit available; Lite version for 9,95 $

Screen recorders to capture video, sound and pictures of anything you see on your screen can also been used to record Skype video calls, but this is very CPU intensive.

I use the registered version of Evaer to capture skype video calls and to save them as mp4 videos in side by side format. The current Evaer version is, released on November 12, 2013.

If one of the Skype callers use an iPad or similar device, it’s best to set the tablet in landscape mode with the Home Button turned left, to assure that the user is displayed as expected in the video.

Skype video calls

last update : October 6, 2011
In September 2010, Skype launched the version beta release and the stable version for Windows.

Version 5 comes with a free trial of group video calling, allowing to call up to four friends. After the beta test, this feature became paying. At least one person on the call needs now Skype Premium or a group video subscription from Skype Manager to use group video call (monthly subscription).

Skype offers free Skype-to-Skype voice and video calls and free instant messaging. Calls to public fixed and mobile phones, Short Messages (SMS), voicemails and other value-added services are billed by Skype. Several payment options are available. Skype is available for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, mobile phones and some Television sets.

Skype offers an excellent support with user guides, troubleshooting guides, FAQ‘s, forums, knowledgebase, different blogs (Big Blog, Community blogs, Technology blog, Business Blog, International Blogs, Heartbeat) and a development site (Skype Garage).

A new software development kit (SkypeKit) that enables hardware and software makers to add Skype functionality to their devices and applications is available to a limited number of beta program developers. A public Skype API enables third-party applications to communicate with Skype. A hardware and software certification (skype certified) is provided by Skype.

The audio codec preferred for Skype-to-Skype calls is SILK (Super Wideband Audio Codec). Skype has contributed the SILK source code to the Internet Engineering Task Force working group.

For Business Skype offers Skype Connect and Skype Manager. Skype pays a special attention to sound and video quality.

A funny third-party application for Skype is Crazytalk.

Skype was founded in 2003. It’s based in Luxembourg, with offices in Europe, the US and Asia. It’s owned by an investor group led by Silver Lake and which includes eBay Inc, Joltid Limited and Skype founders Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis, the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Andreessen Horowitz.

I updated my Skype version to in october 2011.