Why I love Ecamm Call Recorder
Ecamm recently released Call Recorder for FaceTime and I’m pretty excited. I use Call Recorder to record every episode of MicroBrewr Podcast. Normally I record the calls on Skype, but now they also have the software for FaceTime. This post explains how to use the software (Ecamm Call Recorder tutorial). And there’s a chance to win Call Recorder for FaceTime for FREE! So read all the way to end, to find out how to get your chance to win.
How you can use Ecamm Call Recorder
Call Recorder works with both video calls and audio calls.
Video calling is so much more personal than telephoning by just voice. I really like being able to see someone’s face while I’m talking to them.
When I was developing a business plan for my dream brewery, my partners and I had weekly video calls. Some of the partners were referred by my friend, I had never met them in-person. So seeing their face really helped build rapport.
Sometimes I use the FaceTime audio feature for voice-only calls. I don’t understand all the technical stuff, but there’s way better sound quality from digital calls via an online service like Skype or FaceTime, compared to standard calls by cell phone or even landline.
There are so many uses for recording digital calls. Call Recorder might be perfect if you:
- Produce a podcast like MicroBrewr
- Want to record an important business call
- Or just want to save a special call with a loved one
How I use Ecamm Call Recorder
I use Call Recorder for Skype for every episode of MicroBrewr Podcast. I record all of the interviews through Skype because:
- It doesn’t use minutes on my phone.
- It has better sound quality than a cell phone call.
- I can record it onto my computer.
I’ve done every episode that way, except for one when I talked with Mark Carpenter in-person at Anchor Brewing. For that one, I used Voice Memos on my iPhone. I’m searching for the perfect setup to record in the field, but I still record all the other episodes with Call Recorder for Skype. And now Call Recorder for FaceTime gives me more options.
Plus, I’m an Apple fan, so I’ll be looking for excuses to use FaceTime more often.
Here’s how Ecamm Call Recorder works
Here’s the only Ecamm Call Recorder tutorial you’ll ever need—it’s so simple. After you purchase and install the software, it’s automatically tacked onto Skype or FaceTime, sort of like a plugin. So anytime you open the calling software, Call Recorder also opens.
There’s a separate window with a record button. And that’s it. It’s so simple. I love it!
It goes like this
I can’t remember how I did it the first time. I think there were prompts. Anytime, though, you can go to the little “Call Recorder” window and click the “Settings” icon.
Inside “Call Recorder for FaceTime Settings,” check the box next to “Create Separate Audio Tracks.” This is especially important for podcasting so you can record your voice and your interviewee’s voice onto separate tracks. That will give you greater flexibility in post-production editing.
While you’re still in Settings, go to “Save Recordings To,” and pick where you want the calls saved.
I selected Desktop and it automatically created a new folder called, “Saved Calls.”
Anytime during a FaceTime call you can go down to the Call Recorder window and click the round Record/Stop button.
Record the call as long as you want. When you click stop, it automatically saves a .mov file into the “Saved Calls” folder (wherever you selected in Settings).
The filename identifies the contact you were talking with and the time of the call.
You can record FaceTime video calls or FaceTime audio calls. And now with Yosemite and iOS 8, you can even record calls through your iPhone, onto your computer. The person you’re talking to doesn’t need to have an Apple device!
I recorded just the audio call because that’s what I do for MicroBrewr Podcast.
This .mov is a QuickTime file. But Call Recorder comes with super easy software to convert it to AAC, AIFF or MP3.
Before we convert the file, lets split it into 2 tracks. The original file has both sides of the conversation, but we want to split it into 2 separate tracks, one with each side of the conversation. Call Recorder also comes with super easy software to do this too.
When you first download the software, it saves these extras into a folder called, “Movie Tools.”
For easy access, I moved the 2 applications that I use most onto my Dock:
- Split Sides of Conversation
- Convert To MP3
Click on the .mov file, drag it onto “Split Sides of the Conversation,” and let go.
Now you have 2 new .mov files in the same folder as the original. One track has your voice, the other track has the voice of the other caller.
Now let’s convert the file to a different format. I do podcasting, so MP3 is what I work with.
To convert the .mov files to .mp3s, just click on one file, drag it over “Convert to MP3,” and let go.
Do the same thing again for the other file. Now you also have 2 MP3s.
So now, for this one call, you have 5 files in the folder, “Saved Calls”:
- The original .mov with both sides of the conversation.
- A new .mov with your voice.
- A new .mov with your caller’s voice.
- An .mp3 with your voice.
- An .mp3 with your caller’s voice.
Move them to wherever you want to store them on your hard drive. It’s that easy!
It seems like a lot when the steps are written out like this, but it’s not. Do it once and you got it. Do it twice and it comes naturally. And if you do this a lot, say for a weekly podcast about starting a brewery, it really helps to have those other aps in the dock.
Now I have a question for you: What will you use Call Recorder for FaceTime for?
Win Call Recorder for FREE!
The folks at Ecamm are so cool, they agreed to give us one free copy of Call Recorder for FaceTime. It normally sells for $29.95, but you can get it for FREE!
Click on this link and check out Call Recorder for FaceTime.
Or click on this link and check out Call Recorder for Skype.
Then, in the comments section below, tell me how you will use Call Recorder. Is it for work? For personal use? Who will you call? Where will you call from? Where is the person you’re calling?
Paint a picture and give me a good (short) story. I’ll pick one winner on January 8, 2015. And Ecamm will give you Call Recorder for FaceTime FOR FREE.
UPDATE: P.S. They’re running a special for Christmas: Buy both versions (for Skype and FaceTime) and save $15! I don’t know how long the special will last. If you can’t wait until the results of the this contest, click either one of the links above, scroll to the bottom, and check out the combo deal.
UPDATE: The contest winner was selected. Yay! Check out the comments below to see the entries and the winner. Thanks to everyone who entered, it makes this more fun.
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I presently do video interviews over Skype with eCamm and Ive been with them since the beginning. I interview Authors on BooksterTV and it would be a pleasure to offer this promo service to ios users. I am often abroad and Authors are all over globe. A free copy would come in handy right now.
Sounds great, CP! Yes, anyone with iOS or Mac OS could call you on FaceTime and you could record it. What’s even cooler is, with the new iOS 8 and Yosemite, you could make or receive phone calls through FaceTime and record even telephone calls!!! I just got off the “phone” with my sister, but I was talking with her through my MacBook Pro. Somehow the call comes through my iPhone nearby, and the call works on my Mac. This #technologyandstuff is so cool!
i would use it to record FT calls with my sis in LA or to in laws in Indiana.
i have been wondering why there isn’t a way to record FT calls. i guess didn’t look hard enough!!!
Yes, Luke! It’s fun to make video calls to relatives. I talked with my parents over FaceTime from the airport in Nairobi, Kenya. Much more special than voice alone.
I use Facetime to speak with my aunt in a nursing home at least once per week. It is a great way to see each other and talk without needing to travel a long distance.
I just read about Facetime recorder, and I clicked on a link to find this article. I now realize how much she and I both would like to save videos of our Facetime conversations, and I would really appreciate winning a copy of Facetime recorder.
DJC, that’s so heartwarming. I just got back from visiting my grandmother in a nursing home today.
My wife and I have just started a new project called Bucket Chat. We would use call recorder – which I love and have for Skype – to do interviews with people who are accomplishing things on their bucket list. We would then use those videos and put those on the site as inspiration to others to do the things that they want to do with their lives.
Sounds great, Jeff! Is it going to be a podcast or a video cast? Sounds like a cool concept.
I could really use this recorder on my Mac for a ton of things. I use Facetime for communicating with damn near everyone. I do documentaries, music videos, short films, telephone interviews for my podcasts, etc… I own the Skype version. It works well. I wish I had the money to purchase this, as I use Facetime more than Skype. I’m always trying to get people to download Skype to make these recordings possible. I would truly appreciate and honestly use this app several times a week. Help a struggling artist with a piece of software that will definitely go to good use. Happy Holidays and Cheers MicroBrewr!
Wow Eric, I wish I could talk with everyone on FaceTime. haha Lots of my friends don’t have Apple products. :/
Thanks so much for responding to my inquiry on Podcasters’ Paradise and linking me to this post… it’s been super helpful.
I’m launching a podcast about small, local businesses who have gone from out-of-date to up-to-date and used the power of marketing and the internet to grow their business. I’m on a mission to convince more of them to start operating like it’s 2015, not 1995 and finally break free from their daily grind.
Some of these guys are laggards and I just KNOW that Skype will be way over their heads – that’s why I need the FaceTime version. Thanks to your little contest, I just bought the Skype only version (sorry, Ecamm) because one of these days I’m bound to win a contest like this one, right?
Side benefit… I’ll get to record FaceTime calls between my two boys (age 2 and 4) and their family in the Philippines – many of whom they’ve never met!
Pick me and I promise you my first call will be to enjoy a virtual beer with you. Cheers!
Thanks, Christian. I’m glad this post helped you. I use a Skype phone number for my guests on MicroBrewr who don’t have a Skype account. They can just call a regular number that rings into my Skype account, where I record the interview. With FaceTime on a Mac running Yosemite, and my nearby iPhone running iOS8, I could even record a telephone call! Pretty cool gig.
You’re welcome, Nathan! I love how Call Recorder for FaceTime gives the caller a phone-like, no-setup-or-login-required experience, with high-quality audio for your listeners!
And this winner of the contest is… Luke!
Congratulations, Luke. I’ll send your info to Ecamm, and they’ll take it from there.
There were too many good entries to decide, so I asked my nephew to help me draw a winner with his eyes shut. Thank you everyone who entered. Have fun with FaceTime. This is such a neat time we live in, I love the ways technology helps us connect like video calls, and blogs, and podcasts…
Urgently seeking help with a Call Recorder problem! The DEMO mark shows up in movies, even though I have now bought the full version. I have a Skype interview I need to film in five hours. If you can’t HELP, can you forward my question to someone?
Hi, I haven’t experienced that problem. It sounds like you might still be running the demo version. Did you download and run the installer for the full version? That should have fully upgraded your software. Check out this General FAQs for more details: http://www.ecamm.com/support/?cat=general. And here’s a link to contact Ecamm’s support: http://www.ecamm.com/contact/. I hope that helps. Please let me know how it works out.