For a long time now, Skype has been a staple of instant messaging and free VoIP calls for a big part of the world. Although it is a fairly well-featured program, one important feature is still missing – the ability to record your calls. As we patiently wait for the developers to finally implement this to Skype, let’s see how we can work around this issue.
After an extensive look through the alternatives, we’ve found that the most easy to use, user-friendly program for recording calls is Skype Auto Recorder [Win]. It is the most lightweight and has the shortest learning curve of all the other programs or plugins. If your desire is to quickly and painlessly record an interview that is of extensive length, then this little piece of software is the way to go.
For a lightweight program, it has a big bunch of useful features:
- It’s totally free.
- Records calls to MP3, up to 48hz 320kbps
- Unlimited length of record
- Possibility to increase audio volume after recording
- Automatic mode
- System-wide hot keys
- Unobtrusive UI, just a single button in your system tray
- Filter system
The installation is a breeze. All you have to do, is visit http://skypeautorecorder.codeplex.com/ and click on the big purple download button. It will then download to your default browser folder. To run it, have Skype running, unzip the folder and double click on the SkypeAutoRecorder.exe. During the first start of the recorder, Skype will show an attachment request that looks like this:
You have to press on the Allow access button. If your antivirus blocks the application, add it to the exceptions list.
Your recorder is now ready to use! A big green button should have appeared in the system tray. To start recording your Skype conversation, click the right mouse button on the green button (or press CTRL+SHIFT+F5 keyboard combination) and select the Start recording option.
Simple, right? For a more detailed documentation on the program, visit http://skypeautorecorder.codeplex.com/documentation
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