How to Record Video Calls on Zoom, Skype, Hangouts or with your Computer

Esmay Drieduite, 30 March 2020

Don’t want to miss anything about your video call? Here is how to record video calls with Zoom, Skype, Hangouts, and with your own computer.

1. How to record a Zoom call

Recording calls is a feature available to all users on Zoom. Free users have access to local recording, meaning that the audio or video file could be saved locally to their computer, while paid users have the option to store it in the cloud.

Local recording needs to be enabled by the admin of the account and it can simply be started by clicking on the “Record” button at the bottom right of the page at the start of the meeting.

The recorded files can then be uploaded to Google Drive, your dropbox or uploaded to streaming platforms like Vimeo or Youtube.

Go to Zoom for more detailed instructions and features.

2. How to record video calls on Skype

The recording function is only available for Skype to Skype calls (not when using skype to call a land phone number). One of the nice features on Skype is that the other speaker(s) receives a request for permission, so there is no need to verbally ask for consent. These are the steps to take to record and save your Skype call:

  • During the Skype call, click on the 3 dots to expand the menu and view all options.
  • If you are on a desktop, click on Start Recording, for mobile users, you can tap on the Start Recording icon.
  • All people in the call will receive a pop-up announcing that the call is going to be recorded.
  • The recorded file will be kept in your chat for 30 days. If you want to keep it longer than that, you can download it and save it on your computer.
  • Files from Skype will be saved in an MP4 format.

Check out Skype information about recording (video) calls.

3. How to record Google Hangouts video calls

Recording video calls directly in Google hangout is a feature available for G Suite Enterprise and G Suite Enterprise for Education. As of March 2020, Google has made this feature temporarily available for all users.

After joining the meeting, click on the 3 dots on the right bottom of the page, then Select ‘Record Meeting” in the menu. The file will be saved automatically in the organizer’s Google Drive and a link will be sent by email to the organizer as well as the user who pushed the recording button.

You can find more information on Google Hangouts.

If you do not have a G-Suite business account, you can still record the video calls by using a screen recording software.

4. How to make a video recording from my computer

Choose a method to record

  • Option 1: use the media player on your computer

Whether you have Windows or Mac, you will need some type of software to record video and audio on your screen. The easiest way of recording your screen is using a media player, such as Quicktime Player (which is often already installed on Mac) or VLC Player. In both players, if you select “File” you will have the option to either “Start New Video Recording”, “Start New Screen Recording” or “Start New Audio Recording”. Select this option to start recording your entire screen, a part of your screen or simply the audio.

  • Option 2: use a screen recording software

You can also visit the Google Playstore or iOS App Store to look for other screen-recording software. Generally, some recommended apps include Screen Record, Screen Capture or Screen Recorder Robot. These apps have additional features but have not yet proven to work better/worse than media players if all you want to do is record video or audio.

Record your video/audio

Depending on what you want to record, you need to select the right option. Once you have selected the option, a small window with control buttons will open. You can use this to start, pause and stop the recording.

Save and export your recording

Once you are done recording, you can hit the stop button in the controls window. Then press Control + s (command + s for Mac users), to save your recording and export it as an MP3 or MP4 file.

Keeping important bites of information

Did you learn how to record video calls? If you would like to have a written version of them, you can use a platform like Amberscript to transcribe, edit and save the most important information from the meeting in-text format. Text files are easier to keep than video and audio and information can be consolidated before shared.

You can use Amberscript to transcribe your video or audio file, the first 30 minutes are free!

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