How to record a video interview with Skype – Ecamm

Watch on YouTube: Record a Skype Video Call

When I worked in news, the way to capture a video interview was to either, set up a satellite or microwave talkback, or send a camera crew to a location to gather the content.

How times have changed. Now all you really need is a computer, a high-speed internet connection, and Skype. If you’ve never thought of using Skype to create video content for your blog or website, you should consider it. It’s not only easy, but you can conduct interviews with people all over the world for free.

But how do you go about recording a Skype video (or audio) call?

There are options. When I first started experimenting with recording Skype interviews I used screen capture software to record interviews. Then I found another solution. It’s a Skype plugin called Ecamm Call Recorder (for Mac). It’s easy to use and works great for capturing both audio and video interviews. If you’re on a PC, I’ve been told that VodBurner is the way to go.

You should always wear headphones or an earpiece when conducting a Skype interview. I can share more information about my set up in another post.

For now, watch this brief tutorial on how to get started. The video features a portion of my interview with WTOP radio reporter Neal Augenstein.

Augenstein recently spoke to me about his experiences using his iPhone to produce radio reports. It’s part of a class I’m developing called, “Mobile Media Made Easy.” Register for our Recipe of the Week Club to get more information about the class.

What kind of interviews do you produce for your blog? What’s stopping you from getting started? Please share your thoughts.

About Amani Channel

Amani Channel is a former news reporter, a vlogger, an award winning video producer, and an adjunct professor. He also helps organizations and companies create visual stories through VisualEyeMedia.

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  • Anonymous

    I like.  As for vodburner, I've used it and really like it but you have to purchase it for $99 after a 14 day free trial.  You can use it free if the other party is also a free vodburner user but that seems like too much to ask an interviewee. Since Microsoft bought Skype I'm hesitant about dropping the Benji on the program.  Looks like I should just use my Mac and Ecamm Call. Look my my interview with Amani soon ;-)

  • Carson Coots

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for posting this.  I have been looking for detailed instructions that are not 3+ years old and this works well.  I'm going to try this out, the multi-track recording is an awesome feature (I imagine that it will record both cams in multiple files)

    • http://www.chipdizard.com Chip Dizard

      There is a free download from the ecamm site in order to split your tracks. it's straightforward and easy to do.  Good luck!

  • Amani Channel

    Carson. When I've used the split screen, it records as one file.  Maybe the advanced feature which I haven't used will record each individually.  

    • http://www.chipdizard.com Chip Dizard

      Download&nbsp ;http://www.ecamm.com/mac/free/  The free apps it will split tracks and that way you can edit in post and make it look like a CNN interview instead of having two people on the screen the entire time.  I will do a tutorial on this soon.

      • http://CleverlyChanging.com Elle

        Planning to do my first Skype interview and I will be following your advice. Thanks for steering in the right directly, this post saved me a lot of research time.

        • http://www.amanichannel.com/ Amani Channel

          You’re welcome Elle, we’ve been thinking about creating a course to help people figure it out too…. glad it helped. :)

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lucy-Millan/100002599934027 Lucy Millan

    there is a
    nice tool i'd recommend to use http://www.imcapture.com/IMCapture_for_Skype/, it allows to record skype calls in
    great quality!) but thanx)

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