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How to Record Skype Video Calls

Updates: The Skype Recorders featured below have been tested with the most recent versions of Skype, including Skype 6.1 up to the latest version Skype 6.11.  They will also continue to work after Skype discontinue Desktop API on December 31, 2013.  This means you can still record your calls and video calls using Skype for Windows (XP, Vista, 7, and 8) using any of the recorders mentioned below;



Skype doesn’t have the native or built in feature to record Skype video calls.  In order to save your video conversations, you need to install a third party software or program.  The good thing is there is now a wide range of choices of available computer programs that will let you record Skype calls and video calls.  In most cases, the process would be just as easy as you just need to click the “start” button in those programs to start recording your Skype video call, then click “stop” once finished. 

These Skype recorders can record your Skype video calls and save them in popular and convenient formats such as .mp4, .wmv, and .avi file.  In some Skype recorders, it is also possible to record audio calls or just the audio portion of Skype video calls in .mp3 or .wav format.  The video and audio formats mentioned can be easily played using the Windows Media Player program (which is usually bundled with the Windows operating system), and other well-known audio-video players.



Listed below are some of the most popular and commonly used Skype recorders today.  We included a short review for each to help you decide which of these Skype recording programs suits your needs or personal references.

I. AthTek Skype Recorder




AthTek Skype Recorder primarily focuses on providing consistent high quality recordings of your Skype calls and video calls.   At the moment, it is our top pick Skype recorder for the Windows operating system when it comes to recording quality, consistency, and reliability.  It can record both Skype calls and video calls in high quality formats such as WMA, MP3, and .AVI.   It also has an improved user-interface which makes using of this recorder much easier and convenient.  AthTek Skype Recorder also features the usual useful options such as automatic recording, upload to audio/video sharing channels, and add descriptive notes to recorded files.
This recorder also offers quite interesting additional features such as Silent Mode For Parental Control Purpose (something like “stealth” recording mode), voice recording, and video game recording.
Quick Specs


OS Supported: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
Recording Modes: Audio and Video, & Audio Only
Video and Audio Output File: .AVI (audio-video interleave format)
Audio Only Output File:  .MP3, .WMA,  .OGG
Installer Filesize: 5.57 mb (latest version is ver 6.11  as of March 2014)
License Price:  $29.95
Support Available:  via webform (email) in the AthTek website  

Additional features: manually or automatically start recordings, call notes, parental control (stealth mode), voice and game recording.

Pros: Consistent, recordings in file formats capable of storing high quality audio and video recordings, a “lite” version is also available if user wants to records audio only.


Cons: license is a bit expensive as compare to other recorders.








II.  Evaer Skype Recorder



Evaer Skype Recorder is one of the most popular and widely preferred audio and video recorders for Windows operating systems.  It has a clean User interface which is also easy to understand and to use.  This recorder has been also a top choice for many Skype users as it is great for recording family video calls, conference calls, podcasts, online language and other lessons, interviews, or your usual conversation with a friend.  You can also rely on Evaer Skype Recorder to record lengthy and urgent Skype calls and video calls.

Some of the other outstanding features of this recorder is the automatic chat reply, and the option to add call notes.  One more thing, if for some reason you are not satisfied with the performance of Evaer recorder, you can contact their support team and request for a refund within 30 days upon purchase.  Yet, most likely you would love to keep it in your computer.

Quick Specs


OS Supported: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
Recording Modes: Audio and Video & Audio Only
Video and Audio Output File: mp4 and .avi (audio-video interleave format)
Audio Only Output File:  mp3 
Installer Filesize: 9.24 mb (latest version is ver 1.5.3.19 as of March 2014)
License Price:  $19.95
Support Available:  support@evaer.com (email)

Additional features: manually or automatically start recordings, auto chat reply, run when Windows start option

Pros:  Licence is cheaper as compared to other Skype recorders.  Packed with additional useful features.  Latest test runs confirms if works smoothly with the latest versions of Skype, and even more stable and reliable than before.

Cons: Using outdated version of this recorder may cause isolated consistency problems.  So it is highly advisable to always use the latest version to ensure consistent high quality of recordings, or update the one you are currently using.  Updating to the latest version is free of charge.