Professionals no longer have to get on a plane and fly around to world to attend conferences or business meetings. Today's technology allows everyone to communicate as if they were in the same room thanks to video conferencing programs. All you need is the internet, a computer or even a smartphone and a plan. This can save a lot of money and time that was wasted on travel in the past. Also, if someone cannot make it on a particular time or day, the entire video conference can be recorded and saved for future viewing. Another great benefit is the ability to refer back to the clip to clarify statements or as a reminder.
Multiple ways to save video meetings exist. I have tested a few methods and have decided that the two outlined below are great options. First, you can record meetings using Screen Grabber Pro. Second, if you're using Skype for presiding a meeting, you may utilize Pamela for recording it. Read on to learn more about the pros and cons of each program.
This Screen Recorder program lets you grab top-quality video directly from your screen with audio included. Both machine sound and microphone voice can be included. The control panel is very user-friendly so there should be no confusion. After installing, just follow these simple steps:
1 – Select "Audio Input" before you record anything. Choose the right selection for your purposes.
2 – Press "Record" and then choose either "Full Screen" or "Region" to record only part of everything you can see. You might find you get a better quality recording with a maximized window.
3 – Press "Start" as soon as the video conference begins so you do not miss anything.
If you wish to schedule recording of some meetings or calls, this can handle that as well. Just forward to "Settings" and "Task Scheduler", and then you could configure the task name, start point, duration, repetitive dates, etc. This will be beneficial for recording an ongoing meeting you're not able to attend. Other benefits include neat screenshot grabbing, editing videos and converting them to many of the popular file types: 3GP, MPEG, FLV, MP4, AVI and MKV.
Skype offers video communication to anyone for any reason and has become the most well-liked program in that industry. In order to record the conference between two or more people, the Pamela plugin for Skype works well. Windows XP, 7 and 8 are supported and there may be other upgrades possible in the future.
The free version of Pamela lets you capture 5 minutes of video time. If you want to record more, you will need to pay. After installation, load the plugin while using Skype and adjust the settings as needed. To do this, click Tools > Options. You can make Pamela load when you turn on your computer, only when Skype is loaded or never. Other options include the ability to record all calls automatically.
If the automated system is activated, every time you make a Skype call, it will start recording the video and audio. If you would rather control this manually, you can just click "Record" on the plugin's interface. When the call ends, recording will stop on its own. Of course, you can also pause and stop the process whenever you want. Other features include the ability to schedule calls and recording sessions you do not attend.
After trying both Pamela for Skype and the Screen Recorder app, we think both are good options for recording video conferences. If that is all you want to do, simply pick whatever one you like. If you do want more capabilities, Screen Recorder does win out over the other. The fact that it can be used with both Windows and Mac really helps.