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    Podcasting alternative to Skype Call Recording
    Skype decided to be a butthead today and I needed to find an alternative way to record a podcast. I used:

    http://www.freeconferencecalling.com/

    and it worked great. You can use just your phones, or you can use their web dashboard to start the recording. The only issue was the guest's voice was much quieter than my voice, so used levelator (free software) to fix it and it sounds great.

    Will be posting the podcast Monday (sooner maybe....)

    It seems more and more people are having issues with recording with Skype so wanted to share what worked for me

    One drawback is that it is a long distance call, it seems many more people have unlimited long distance, but it was also pointed out to me that some carriers charge extra for calls to services like this. I'm not sure why, but you might want to check or have your guests check before you use it extensively.
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    Thanks for the tip and the levelator link Loxly. Last time I used Audacity to do levels it took as long to do that as it did to record the podcast.

    I will try it next time.

    BTW did you record all the peoples voices on separate tracks? Makes it easier to mix levels later by Audacity or something else. Plus you can timeshift or cut and move the voices around if there is a phone or VOIP delay.

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    With levelator you don't need to record on separate tracks. On Skype it makes sep tracks, on the service I used yesterday it does not.
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    O ok

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    for recording Skype I use SkypeCap ( skypecap.com)...
    When Skype "works" (meaning doesn't drop in the middle of calls or add extra not-so-fun noises) I use Pamela. But this software looks interesting. It is more expensive than Pamela and it has the ability to record video. Not sure if I would need to record video from Skype.
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    Podcasting alternative to Skype Call Recording
    Will add our 2 cents on Pamela Recording ...

    any problems we've ever had - had only been limited to skype itself ...

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    As for me i use SkyCap..too.Because you can record the other formats..and also you can control of your records,choose level of quality .It's one of the best Skype recorders I have had to deal with. Highly recommended!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Margaret20
    As for me i use SkyCap..too.Because you can record the other formats..and also you can control of your records,choose level of quality .It's one of the best Skype recorders I have had to deal with. Highly recommended!

    Sorry,i told about SkypeCap

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    MP3 Skype call recorder
    Moderator Note: (Michael Coley) Normally we don't allow self-promotion, but since this is in direct response to the question asked, it's a free product, and they're being upfront that it's self-promotion, I'm going to allow it.

    Self-PR - try our freeware MP3 Skype Recorder. This tool starts and stops recording automatically. It uses Lame mp3 encoder for high quality recordings. Main audio settings could be adjusted as you need. No limits applied absolutely free.
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    What's the difference if I use a softphone for recording a podcast? I mean how does freeconferencecalling.com differs from me, using my Onesuite VoIP service [http://www.onesuite.com/products_Broadband_Main.asp] (as opposed to Skype) and X-lite softphone [http://www.counterpath.com/x-lite.html&active=4] or Pangolin softphone [http://www.portsip.com/] for recording my calls? Both softphones are free btw.
    Last edited by MichaelColey; December 23rd, 2009 at 09:57 AM. Reason: A little overboard on the links - Unlinked to make sure the intentions are right.

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    The whole point of what you use to record podcasts is to be sure the sound quality is as good as it can be. So if your softphones have great quality, then sure, use them. For the majority of people Skype is a free way to make podcasts if the people on the podcast have good internet connections and headsets.

    The softphones would need recording software as well... with Skype and Freeconferencecalling there are no costs involved and there are many apps available to record the calls.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pravdin

    Self-PR - try our freeware MP3 Skype Recorder. This tool starts and stops recording automatically. It uses Lame mp3 encoder for high quality recordings. Main audio settings could be adjusted as you need. No limits applied absolutely free.
    I installed this to try it and even though I told it NOT to record a call, it did. Since I have no time to mess around with finding the right settings etc, I uninstalled it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by loxly
    The whole point of what you use to record podcasts is to be sure the sound quality is as good as it can be. So if your softphones have great quality, then sure, use them. For the majority of people Skype is a free way to make podcasts if the people on the podcast have good internet connections and headsets.

    The softphones would need recording software as well... with Skype and Freeconferencecalling there are no costs involved and there are many apps available to record the calls.
    Thanks for explaining. The softphones I mentioned (Pangolin and X-lite) above can record calls.

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    Will have to check it out thanks for sharing Momma Loxly
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stephanie Lichtenstein
    Will have to check it out thanks for sharing Momma Loxly
    Anytime. Let me know if you need any other help getting started!
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    Quote Originally Posted by loxly
    When Skype "works" (meaning doesn't drop in the middle of calls or add extra not-so-fun noises) I use Pamela. But this software looks interesting. It is more expensive than Pamela and it has the ability to record video. Not sure if I would need to record video from Skype.
    I think it's very good program. And as for me i need to record video (video interviews) for my study.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kpok
    I think it's very good program. And as for me i need to record video (video interviews) for my study.
    There is a version of Pamela now that allows you to record Skype Video calls. I haven't tried it yet, but the ability is there.
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    I prefer to use IMCapture for Skype. Very high quality.

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