How to Record Skype Calls on Mac
Skype is close to being the ideal software for chatting and making video calls. Why only close? It lacks just one really helpful feature – a call recording tool. If you want to save your video conversations on your Mac, you’ll need a third party software product. We recommend Movavi Screen Capture – a powerful program that can capture Skype videos on your Mac, complete with audio track, and save them in a format that works for you. Read this step-by-step guide to get some details on how to record Skype on your Mac.
Step 1: Install Movavi Screen Capture and Set Recording Parameters
First, download and install Movavi Skype recorder for Mac. Now open the program and make sure that the speaker and the microphone icons are marked with green check marks – this indicates that the program will record sound from your input and output audio devices, both your voice and that of the other party. Then expand the input device menu and select the appropriate device for recording.
Step 2: Set Skype Sound Parameters
To enable recording Skype calls on your Mac, make sure that the sound devices used in Skype are matched with your system sound devices. So, open the Mac menu and go to System preferences -> Sound. You’ll see the current system input and output sound devices selected on the corresponding tabs. Now open Skype, press ⌘, on your keyboard to see the settings window, go to the Audio/Video tab, and pick the same options in the Microphone and Speakers menus, or simply select the Same as System option for both devices.
Step 3: Record Skype Video on Your Mac
Now go to the main Skype window and place your call. When the call is answered, adjust the Capture Area to fit the call window and hit the REC button in the Screen Capture interface. Your call will now be recorded. If you want to pause the capture at any time, press ⌘⌥1 on your keyboard. To stop the capture, press ⌘⌥2. To manage Skype video calls recording on your Mac, you can also use buttons in the call recorder control panel.
Step 4 (Optional): Trim Your Recording
Once the call recording is complete, the media player window where you can watch your newly created video opens. If there are any unwanted fragments at the beginning or end of your recording, position the trimming markers in the appropriate places; your video will be trimmed according to the positions of the markers when it is saved.
Step 5: Save Your Skype Video
Now open the Save as list and pick the appropriate audio or video format. For additional media formats, go to the Video and audio section. There you'll find tons of saving options and it's up to you, which format to pick: the commonly used MP4 or MP3, or more "exotic" ones like MKV or FLAC. Saving your recording for portable mobile device? You’ll find lots of options in the Devices tab – simply choose the preset that suits your needs best. After selecting the required preset, just click the Save button; your video will be ready for watching in no time!
Movavi Screen Capture Studio for Mac
- Capture screencasts, online video
- Record sound from any device
- Capture the keyboard and mouse actions
- Edit your footage in the built-in video editor
- Save video in popular formats
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