One of the most frequently sought features for Skype is the ability to record video and audio calls. Unfortunately, the premier online calling application seems far from adding a native recording tool. Until that happens, we have to resort to third-party developers who have built the following applications to help you record a Skype call on Windows.
Software to record Skype calls
1. AthTek Skype Recorder (recommended)
AthTek Skype Recorder works on Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8. The tool can serve to answer Skype calls or enable parental control for kids. AthTek combines both audio and video recording features in a single program to launch with Skype and initiate a call from within the app and store the recording output in AVI, MP3, WMA, OGG, and FLAC formats.
The tool also features a Hidden Mode to run in the background as it captures conversations. Parents can enable the auto start mode for parental control by tweaking the option in advanced settings and activate Hidden Mode.
- Excellent call quality
- Easy user interface
- Allows for separate audio tracks selection
- No picture-in-picture mode for video calls
You can find this amazing tool at an amazing price of $15 but it also has a free version that you can put to a test.
Audio Recorder Pro is the go-to software when it comes to recording sounds from a wide variety of sources. Skype is included on the list, but if you do decide on getting this tool, then you should prepare yourself since it records even from Skype, Yahoo Messenger, Google Talk and any other VoIP applications and saves conversations as wav, mp3 ogg or wma files.
Of course, conversations aren’t the only things it records, since music from YouTube, Pandora, Spotify, BBC Radio, iTunes Radio and much more are also accessible.
The recordings are top-quality, the only limit in terms of sound clarity being the actual recording source.
- Intuitive UI
- Wide variety of supported recording sources
- Easy on the system’s resources
- Is only limited to recording and very few editing features
3. Evaer Video Recorder for Skype
The Evaer video recorder is an easy to install software with modern design and features. Evaer lets users record Skype calls and store the resulting file in HD on the computer. The software requires no configuration after installation and allows for recording in various modes, including Both Sides, Picture In Picture, or Self-Adaptive. On first use, the tool asks permission to access Skype. Click Allow access when notified, otherwise Evaer will automatically connect to Skype after a few seconds anyway.
As well as manually setting the tool to start recording a Skype call, Evaer can also automatically capture calls while it runs in the background if you so choose. For privacy purposes, Evaer notifies users when it starts recording calls.
- Quick installation
- Recorded audio is clear
- Unable to capture lengthy calls
- Large file size
- No editing function
4. Pamela for Skype
Pamela comes in four different editions: Basic, Call Recorder, Professional, and Business. Pamela Basic is a free tool that lets users capture Skype calls and play audio files during a call. The app also allows users to transfer a call to a specific contact or group. However, the Basic version does not allow users to record video simultaneously with an audio. Each call recording session lasts only up to 15 minutes.
For unlimited call recording, you might want to download Pamela Pro for €24.95. The Professional version offers more features such as email forwarding, Skype voicemail with download option, personalization, and blogging and podcasting support. The Business edition also offers unlimited call recording.
- Records audio and video calls simultaneously
- Skype chat recording
- Hefty price tag
- Slows down the PC
- Incompatible with Windows XP
5. Amolto Call Recorder for Skype
Amolto Call Recorder works with Skype and other VoIP applications with high-quality output. The software has a simple user interface and recording starts concurrently once a user begins a Skype call. Users can also add notes or MP3 tags to recorded calls in order to highlight key parts of a conversation.
- High-quality video and audio output
- User-friendly UI
- Does not record lengthy calls
6. TalkHelper Call Recorder for Skype
TalkHelper is a modern call recorder for Skype that lets users capture audio or video conversation and store the output in PC for future use. On first use, Skype will ask users to allow the tool access to the conversation in order to initiate recording. It then displays the time duration of a call in a list form. Users also have the choice to automatically launch the call recorder once a Skype call starts. There’s an option to pause the recording anytime and edit the output in order to remove the unnecessary parts of the conversation.
- Switching between audio and video is enabled
- Playback supports other media players, including mobile phones
- Users can add a memo to the recording
- Large file size
- No notification sound
7. Callnote for Skype
Callnote is an easy tool for recording conversations in Skype, Facebook Video, Google Hangouts, Viber, GoToMeeting, and WebEx. Users can upload their call history to collaboration apps like Evernote, Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive. Like other Skype call recorders, Callnote also provides the option to start recording a call as it commences and to notify participants that the call is being recorded.
- Small storage space consumption
- Excellent audio quality
- Free version lacks the necessary features
- Slows down the PC after prolonged use
- Unable to record lengthy calls