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 will you produce for your blog? What’s stopping you from getting started? Please share your thoughts.