How to Create Expert Interviews By Recording Skype Calls

by on March 1, 2019

Expert interviews make for compelling video content – but creating them is challenging. Setting up a face-to-face interview and arranging the logistics to record it is not easy.

Instead of that however there is another option that is easier: Conduct the interview via a Skype call and record it. All that you need to pull that off is a computer with Skype installed, a webcam and microphone, and possibly screen recording software.

How to Record Skype Calls

Recording Skype calls is really very easy nowadays, and there are two main ways that you can go about it:

  • Use Skype’s Call Recording feature

In Skype version 8 a Call Recording feature was introduced to the platform, meaning that it is now possible to record video calls from within Skype itself.

To use it all you need to is start your video call and choose click Start Recording under the ‘More Options’ section.

After the video call is done the recording will be displayed in your chat, and you can click the ‘More Options’ button there to save it into a folder on your computer.

  • Use screen recording software

Instead of using Skype’s built-in feature, you may want to use screen recording software to record video calls directly from your screen. It should provide you with greater control over the recording parameters, which can be helpful when creating expert interview videos.

Essentially you just need to set up your screen recorder to capture the area of your screen where the Skype call is located. It will also need to record audio from your speakers and microphone.

For example you can learn how to record Skype calls on Mac relatively easily by using Movavi Screen Recorder for Mac.

Between either of these options you should be able to record the raw footage that you need to create expert interview videos. However if you want the videos that you create to look good – there is more that you can do.

Tips to Create More Impressive Interview Videos

To make your interview videos look more impressive, there are several tips that you can use to improve your Skype calls:

  • Check the internet connection to make sure it is stable so that the video call quality is good. Try to connect using stable Wi-Fi or a wired Ethernet connection and make sure there are no other tasks taking up bandwidth.
  • Improve the lighting in the room and ideally use soft light that is positioned above and behind the monitor.
  • Clean up the background in the video frame so that your interview looks more professional. Some items can be left in to improve the composition.
  • Invest in a decent microphone to record high quality audio. The built in microphones on most webcams and cameras aren’t that great.
  • Use headphones to eliminate feedback from your speakers.
  • Track down and eliminate sources of background noise such as fans, air-conditioning, electrical appliances, and so on.
  • Make sure there is something white in frame that your webcam can use to adjust the white balance properly.
  • Test the video call and recording to pinpoint any issues that may be present – on both ends of the call.

Conclusion

By following everything described above you should really be able to record expert interview videos that look impressive. After that all that should be required are a few adjustments and edits during post-production, and your video content should be good to go.

As you can see it is far easier and more convenient to create expert interview videos in this way, and you should definitely make it a point to try it out – if you haven’t already.

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