Skype is finally getting a call recording feature, only 15 years after it was first released. It should be noted that Skype isn’t building its own recording software but relying on third-party apps, including Xsplit, Wirecast, and Vmix. These products, among others, have allowed you to record Skype calls for years, but now it sounds as if Microsoft wants a more streamlined version.
Windows 10 and Mac users will be able to record calls if they switch their desktop Skype client over to the “Content Creator” mode to place, record, import and edit recordings using apps like Adobe Premier Pro and Adobe Audition, a Skype blog post said on Friday.
Users can pick which third-party software they prefer to use and Skype now supports the integration. Skype envisions you can livestream a call now on your YouTube channel or Twitch stream. You can also import audio files into editing tools like Adobe Premiere Pro.
“Users can customise the look and feel of the call so they can be part of a live show ready for streaming to audiences of all sizes,” the blog post added.
Although Microsoft doesn’t explicitly mention this, one can imagine others who would find the new feature useful: reporters doing calls with international sources, business meetings without any notetakers available, etc. It’s strange how long it took Skype to at least formally recognize the utility of such a feature, even if its just to partner with existing app makers that already allow it. After all, newer products like Zoom and Google Hangouts have let you record calls.
Skype is going to debut the new recording integration next week at the NAB show in Las Vegas.
“There’s no need for additional recording or screen capture solutions. Skype will provide clean feeds of all group video call participants to your choice of NDI-enabled software,” it added.