Skype is the leading online communication solution for free audio and video calling, still standing tall in front of major competitors such as FaceTime and Apple. Moreover, Skype once had more than 50 million users at a time, which is an impressive record.
However, despite this huge popularity of Skype, it lacks one important feature: recording. One can find a lot of reasons to record their Skype calls: simply for replaying later and checking the details of the conversation, posting the video on a podcast or having a recording as a proof for hiring someone. These are only couple of reasons – you can find a lot more, depending how you use Skype.
With the huge opportunity left by the lack of a recording feature from Skype, many companies took the chance and came with recording software. One of the best, if not the best Skype call recorder for Windows is TalkHelper.
When you need to record Skype calls for business or personal purpose, there are many add-ons to pick, but in this review we are going to focus on how to record audio-video calls with TalkHelper. In many countries is illegal to record a call on Skype without your partner’s permission, so you need to keep this in mind before you click on the record button. If you fail to announce your partner that you are recording the call, you might have legal issues.
TalkHelper began as a free Skype call recorder plugin, but now is not free anymore. However, you will see the service is worth the money.
TalkHelper allows you to record and save your Skype calls, voicemails and video messages professionally and smoothly. The video content is saved in AVI format with a XVID codec support, while the audio content is saved in MP3 or WAV format with mono or stereo options. What makes TalkHelper different from other recorders is the fact it records “inside” the Skype, not outside, as most plugins. This allows you to record your Skype calls regardless if the call is in a regular window, full screen or even a floating window.
TalkHelper has another advantage as well: it is always updated to be compatible with the latest version of Skype. If you are using a dedicated version of Skype for your device, you are also covered by TalkHelper.
This tool is also very easy to use, which is a great benefit for those who are not experts in IT, yet still need a Skype call recorder. You can opt for automatic recording: each time you open Skype, TalkHelper will start recording the calls. It will record both incoming and outgoing calls, conference calls, only audio calls and will download the voicemail content. At the end of the day, you will find your calls in the folder where the tools saves them. You can also pause and restart the recording.
Once you decide to try TalkHelper, it provides you a 30 days money back guarantee. The purchase of this recording tool is linked to the SkypeID and is lifetime valid.
How to record Skype calls with TalkHelper on Windows
The entire download and installation process of TalkHelper takes less than one minute, so you will be able to start recording in the blink of an eye.
Start by downloading TalkHelper from their official website and install it on your computer. For the time being, the tool is only available for Windows users, so it won’t work on Mac or other OS. Make sure you already have Skype installed before starting TalkHelper installation.
During the TalkHelper installation you might want to uncheck additional options and installations.
When the installation is finished you can click the recorder’s icon and launch it or first launch Skype and then the recording tool. When you will launch Skype, you will be notified about the plugin and asked to allow the tool to access Skype – give it permission.
When both programs are running, you can start record Skype calls. To test the recording make a call to a friend or to Skype Test Call. The automatic call recording option is enabled by default, so the recorder will start doing its job as soon as you make the call.
You can stop or pause the recording from the TalkHelper toolbar any time you want.
When the call is over, you can find the recordings in the TalkHelper folder, in the Documents folder, organized by date, which makes it easier for you to manage them and find a specific recording.
How to manually record your Skype calls
If you don’t want to let the recorder do it’s job automatically, you can uncheck the option from the Tools-Options-General menu. This way, every time you want to record a call, you will do it manually.
- Each time you start a Skype call, the Record button will be activated; if you want to record the call, press the button and make sure you review the recording options. You can choose to focus on audio part if you don’t need the video as well.
- After the recording is finished, you can play it back with your own media player.
- For each recording you can add memos, which is a great feature if you want to record instructions, interviews or podcasts.
- To make sure you avoid failures of all type, test the recorder before each important call. It’s advised not to use other audio-video recording software during Skype calls recordings. Also, turn off the unnecessarily services during a call, especially if your computer is a bit old. This will save the RAM and CPU, directing the system resources towards the recorder.
P.S: Skype is a tool used by all types of people and companies, even universities. Harvard is one of the most important universities in the world which uses Skype for interviewing their candidates. If you rely on Skype as well, you have to include a recorder in your set of tools and the best option you have is TalkHelper, which can record your calls smooth and easy.