Call Recorder provides a settings panel which is
accessible from the Skype Preferences window:
The following options control the quality of the movie and affect file size.
- Audio Encoding: Select your audio compression method.
AAC Compression is recommended for optimal quality and file size.
For slower computers, it may be necessary to use 2:1 Compression.
Uncompressed audio is available for users who do not want to
compress the recording, however this will result in very large
- Audio Quality: For AAC or 2:1 compression, select your audio compression level.
The following table shows the meaning of Low, Medium, and High audio quality:
||AAC||128 kbps||64 kbps||32 kbps|
|2:1||44.1 Khz||22.05 Khz||11.025 Khz|
- Video Encoding: Choose your video compression method. Available options are H.264, MPEG-4, or JPEG
compression. H.264 and MPEG-4 will provide very low data rates. H.264 playback requires the latest version of
QuickTime and may not be playable by users with older QuickTime versions. JPEG is the most
- Video Image Size: Choose image pixel dimensions for the recorded video. The smaller sizes are recommended
for slower computers which might not be able to sustain real-time encoding of 320x240 sized video.
- Video Frame Rate: Choose a frame rate for the video recording. This settings provides a maximum value for
the movie frame rate. "Maximum" will record all frames from the call.
Save Recordings To:
- Record Video: Select how the video is recorded. Options include:
- None (Audio Only): No video is recorded.
- Picture-in-Picture: Record video from both sides of the call in picture-in-picture format. The recorded video will look exactly as you see it during the call, with your video inset within the remote video.
- Side by Side: Record video from both sides of the call, with each side taking up half the picture.
- Local Only: Only the local side (video from your camera) will recorded.
- Remote Only: Only the remote side (video from the other participant) will recorded.
- Two Track: Records Local and Remote onto two video tracks within the QuickTime movie. The tracks can then be split into separate video files using QuickTime Player Pro or the included Split Movie Tracks utility.
- Show Recording Indicator On Video: This option will show a flashing red indicator in the top-left corner of
your outgoing video. This is to provide a visual reminder to the call participants that the call is being recorded.
- Show Recording Controls At Launch: If this option is selected,
the Call Recorder window will be opened when Skype is launched.
- Keep Recording Control in Front During a Call: This will keep the Call Recorder recording controls
in the foreground, even if you were to switch to another application.
- Record Calls Automatically: Start recording calls
- Discard Calls Shorter Than N Seconds: This option will automatically delete any calls shorter than
the specified length.
- Record Voicemail Playback Automatically: Selecting this option will record
outgoing voicemail message, as well as record your incoming
voicemail as it is played back in Skype.
You can select a location for your Saved Calls folder. By default, this is located within the "Movies" folder in your home directory. You can select a different location from this menu, or set a custom location of your choosing.