Monday, October 26, 2015

Case Study on three different Skype Call Recorders for Windows



The best feature in Skype is easy-to-use calling with both video and audio enabled, in the past, while you want to record your calls made through your computer, you will have to use recording equipment such as digital inspiration that would be the lovely old school in 2010.

However, since Skype open the 3rd party API for desktop clients, there are many plugins come out, because Skype doesn’t offer features for recording calls, an external Skype Call Recorder is a have must utility for plenty of Skype users. A Skype recorder is a little software that exposes extra features to a particular usage; that's recording a Skype conversation in this case.

Guide to select the right Skype Call Recorder


Choosing a correct call recorder for Skype is not an easy task since there is a dozen of similar software on the market, you have to test each of them before you make the final decision.
Some of the available call recording add-ons offer 15 days free trial period, after that, you have to buy a full license to keep using the software.
I saw a lot of topics related to this question posted on Skype official forum, in the fast, Skype users properly only have a few options to saving digital archives of all the Skype interviews.
I am going to share the list of Skype recording plugins that I have personally tested, some of them already have an established user bases, the Google PR and Alex visitors won't lie.
Name
Price
Supported OS
Main Features
Pamela Call Recorder for Skype
$34.95 for lifetime license
Windows XP or above
  • Audio Recording for Skype
  • Video Recording for Skype
  • Auto-Answer Skype incoming calls
  • Saving Skype chat message.
TalkHelper Call Recorder for Skype
$49.95 for a full license
Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 and 10
  • Support both audio and video recording
  • Stereo recording for voice calls
  • AVI and MP3 supported
VodBurner
15 days free trial, then $99/year
Windows 7 and above
  • Video Recording&Editing
  • Stealth Mode
  • Automatic recording Mode

Introducing 3 different Skype Recorders

Pamela Call Recorder for Skype

Pamela Call Recorder for Skype

 

Pamela is the world's first certified Skype plugin; you can trust it since it's the one of most popular Skype recording option, which give you an easy way to save each of your Skype conversations.
Learn how to use Pamela to record a Skype call:


TalkHelper Call Recorder for Skype

TalkHelper Call Recorder for Skype

TalkHelper's Skype Recorder provides the simple method to record both incoming and outbound calls, the quality of video recording is best among all of recording tools, a video sharing feature gives you the option to share conversations with your participants.

VodBurner


To be the top-priced recorder for Skype, Vodburner offers an affordable method to save your Skype calls with the acceptable quality, with its built-in editing feature, you can edit the video clips and upload them onto YouTube later.

Test&Compare

I record a 10 hours conversation on Skype with Pamela with default settings, the first 1 hours recording is pretty excellent, the audio on a dual channel is clear and synchronized. However, after 5 hours, the voice streams are corrupted, and I have to use Cooledit to fix the issue, listen to the sample recording:

video


Next time, I test with VodBurner's video recording feature, I start one to one video conversation at the beginning, and invite the third person to join the existing conversation, the recording process went well for the first 10 minutes, after that, the call dropped for no reason.
I replayed the recording file on the storing folder, the video was missing, I contacted the developer for assistance, but never received a reply from them.
In the end, I have my entire Skype call recorded with TalkHelper, which didn't fail to me, I believe it's time to make the final decision.

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