What’s the best way to record Skype calls?

I feel very silly for not asking this questions two weeks ago, but what’s the best way to record Skype calls? I’m especially interested in answers from people who have experience making podcasts. From Google, it looks like there are a lot of options out there, and I’d be happy with anything free as long as it works.

It looks like some of the free ones have a 15 or 30 minute time limit, which would be a problem for me, but other free programs don’t have that problem. Are there any other issues I should look out for with free software? From what I understand of how Levelator works, it’s OK if I can’t record separate tracks, because Levelator will handle it all by magic.

Also, it would be nice to have a super-duper simple piece of free editing software to edit out the “um”s and “wait, let me rephrase that”s. I want something simple and easy to use, because beyond using Levelator I don’t plan on doing anything fancy.

  • http://twitter.com/magicthighs magicthighs

    You probably want to take a look at Audacity, a free cross-platform audio recording and editing tool: http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

  • http://www.legionofreason.com/ HJ Hornbeck

    On our podcast, most people just set their recording source to be the microphone and punch “record.” It doesn’t seem to interfere with Skype in any way, and you don’t need to worry about dropped audio… but it works best when *everyone* on the call does it.

    Alternatively, you could try recording from system audio or looping a patch cable. You’ll also record any dropouts and all system noises, but at least you’re the only one who needs to record.

  • http://www.facebook.com/aaronurbanski aaronurbanski

    Are you on PC or Mac? It sounds like you’re on a PC, in which case you could use Audacity as noted above to record your “stereo mix” — if and only if your sound card supports it. If you’re on a Mac, check out Soundflower which will allow you to route audio to/from any application. Unfortunately there isn’t a free (or simple) PC equivalent. Other than that, I don’t know of any programs in particular that will record Skype. Any of these should do: http://www.guidingtech.com/12751/best-tools-record-skype-calls/ and then once done recording you can pull the files into Audacity to edit.

  • Celine

    Hi! To record video and audio calls I would recommend you Free Video Call Recorder for Skype. It has no tima limitations and is absolutely free to use.
    You were also asking for a program to cud down moments from the conversation. Free Video Dub can be of help. Both of them you can find here: http://dvdvideosoft.com/

  • http://www.atheismandthecity.com/ The Thinker

    Apparently the US government has already figured out this dilemma – just gain access to Skype’s servers!