How to Record a Live Video Webcast Interview with Skype

Videos are shared on social media 12x more often than photos and images combined.*

Creating a webcast is smart marketing. It’s also easy and fun.

Here’s how to record a Skype interview on a Mac computer.

You’ll need:

  1. Skype. Install Skype to your laptop. Skype is VoIP software that lives in your Apps folder and allows you to have a free, live conversation with anyone who has an internet connection. How to install Skype on your iPhone
  2. Mac laptop. I used a MacBook Pro, including iSight (Apple’s internal webcam).
  3. Good lighting. Ideally, lamps are placed above, in front, and 45 degrees from your face. I used some multi-light floor lamps–which did the trick. It is best to use professional spotlights, if available. Natural lighting works but can be inconsistent.
  4. A good mic. It is worthwhile to invest in a mic. I purchased the Blue Snowball from Costco for $67.99. It is well designed with a modern 50s style. It easily switches from recording voice to music. Many say Blue Snowball is the best entry level, podcasting mic. It is recommended by Facebook expert Mari Smith. Results were well-rounded, clear sound. However, I did find it a bit soft. I’m sure with some more tweaking I can improve it. If you’re using an iPhone, a headset is much better than a built-in mic.
  5. Call Recorder by ecamm for $19.95 enables you to record video calls from within Skype. That may be enough. For the next quality level, you’ll need the following…
  6. Screenflow by Telestream for $99 for editing color, sound, and graphics. Save 10% by using the Telestream Screenflow discount code GEEK10OFF.

Special thanks to Jimmy Flores Co-founder IDaccion.TV, a community of spanish speaking entrepreneurs from around the world.  Jimmy says,”Your content can change the world. Go and build it.”

Hire ReadyGo Media to produce your webcast

Joanne would be delighted to conduct an interview on your behalf. Interviews can be with people anywhere in the world. You’ll get a webcast video that your organization can share in social media channels like YouTube–leading to increased brand awareness and website traffic. For more information, contact Joanne Probyn today.

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Comments: 5 Responses so far

  1. 1

    JoanneMarch 22nd, 2013, 3:40 am

    Podcasting tutorial by Pat Flynn, Smart Passive Income

  2. 2

    SuzanneMarch 28th, 2013, 11:17 pm

    Thanks for this Joanne! Would you also know of any software for recording skype calls as audio only especially from iPhone?

  3. 3

    jprobynApril 9th, 2013, 9:27 pm

    Hi Suzanne, I believe Call Recorder by Ecamm can be audio only as well. Hope this helps. It’s great value for the small price of about $20. Keep me posted on your recordings! I’d love to hear more about what you’re up to.

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    EmmaMay 21st, 2013, 1:43 pm

    Hi Joanne, I have attempted in the past to use Skype with many different softwares, including Call Recorder and Screenflow. The quality of audio from my end is great, however, those who i have interviewed sound really tinny. Do you find this also? Any other suggestions? Thanks

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    jprobynMay 21st, 2013, 11:01 pm

    Hi Emma, I’ve had good experiences with sound of those I’ve interviewed. Sound improves with the quality of the microphone. So, a phone is the worst, headsets better than phone alone, there are better quality headsets as well, and finally…using a professional microphone at both ends is obviously ideal. The Mac microphone is acceptable, but far from ideal. So, to be sure your interviewee is using a good quality microphone, do some testing together before you record. Let me know if you have any further questions. 🙂

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