How to record a video call: If you’ve clicked on this guide, it’s probably because you’ve thought about the possibility at least once record a video call that you make through your computer or through your mobile device. Probably the reason is due to the fact that you have distant friends or relatives that you hardly ever see and would like to record the video call you make with them. In this way, perhaps, you could look at it in moments of melancholy or show it to your grandparents, just to give you an example, who are not very knowledgeable with technology.
In case what I have described matches your needs and therefore you need to record a video call, I guess you are a person who does not have much experience and practicality with technology. Is that so? Well, you don’t have to worry. My job is to help you solve your problem and allow you to reach your goal.
What I ask you to do, however, is to pay close attention to all the steps that I will show you in the next paragraphs, as I will show you some programs and applications that could be right for you, guaranteeing you a satisfactory result. Are you ready to get started? I advise you to sit comfortably, I wish you a good read.
How to record a video call from a PC
The first program I recommend you download is Bandicam as this software allows you to record audio and video from your computer based on the area set by the user. It is distributed on the Windows platforms in a free and you can download it via the following link. You can also decide to purchase a license to unlock the recording minute limit (in the free the limit is 10 minutes) and to remove the watermark imprinted on the video.
After clicking on the link I gave you, which takes you back to the official website, click on the button Download, in the horizontal menu at the top. You will then be directed to the section Download of the website, where you will have to click on the red button Download Bandicam. This will open a new screen where the download of the installation file will start automatically.
After downloading the file, double-click on it and then click the button Yupfrom the window of User Account Control Windows. In the installation window, select the language Italian and click the button OK. Then click the buttons Forward, I acceptstill Forward and to conclude, Install And end.
If Bandicam hasn’t opened automatically, click its desktop icon. In the main screen of the program, you must now select one of the buttons to set the video capture area. You can choose to capture video from your webcam or any external source (Device registration) or a game screen (Game registration). Since your intent is instead to record a video call, you will then have to select one of the two buttons shown on the screen: Rectangular area or Full screen.
If you choose the latter option, your entire desktop and all windows that are open at the time of registration will be registered; choosing the option instead Rectangular areawhich I recommend, you can define a predetermined area of your screen, in which everything that will appear inside it will be recorded.
Then click Rectangular area to bring up a box; then click on the icon with the symbol of a triangle, in the upper left corner of the box. You will be shown a context menu where you will have to select the item Dimension then Custom size.
It then indicates the values of the size of the box that must contain the video call screen; then click Ok to define the area of the rectangle. Then drag the rectangle over the current window of the program with which you are making the video call and then click on the button Rec.
The box will now have a red border to indicate that registration is in progress. You can pause the recording at any time by clicking on the button Break time (symbol with two vertical lines) or stop recording by clicking on the button Stop (symbol of a square).
Other programs for recording a video call
To record a video call on your computer, you can then solve the problem quickly by installing software to take screenshots of your desktop. The program that I indicated in the previous paragraph is one of these, but there are many others that you can use. Here are some that might be right for you.
- Snagit (Windows / macOS) – is a software to record the elements that appear on the monitor and is available at payment on both Windows and macOS. You can use it to record the entire desktop or a portion of it, thus being able to perfectly crop the video call area. If you want to give it a try freeyou can download the trial version and then evaluate its functionality.
- Ecamm Call Recorder (macOS) – is available in two versions: one for Skype and one for FaceTime. Each of these integrates with their respective programs to record video calls made. If you are interested, you can download it at payment or try the version free for the evaluation of its functionality.
- Camtasia (Windows / macOS) – is video editing software that has a screen recording feature. This software is available on both Windows and macOS, upon purchase of a license for a fee. However, you can download an evaluation version and see if it is suitable for your needs.
- Skype (Windows/macOS) – if your intention is to record video calls made on Skypeyou must know that, starting from version 8, the famous VoIP software from Microsoft allows you to do this natively: just press the button + located at the bottom right and select the appropriate item from the menu that opens. If you want to know more, read my guide on how to register Skype.
How to record a video call from smartphones and tablets
On smartphones and tablets with Android operating system, you can record a video call through external applications or through the internal functionality of your device, if present.
Not all Android devices have a default function for screen recording; in this regard, in this guide of mine I will tell you about how to use the feature Record screen as this is present on the device I own (a Huawei smartphone).
To activate the native recording feature, swipe your finger from top to bottom at the top edge of your device screen. You will be shown the Notification Center and buttons for quick execution of some features. Then tap on the icon indicating the wording Record screen and wait for the end of the short countdown to start the video recording.
By carrying out this procedure during a video call, it will be recorded and then saved in the memory of your device. If you do not have a native feature for screen recording, then you can use applications suitable for the purpose. One of these is AZ Screen Recorderavailable for free In the Play Store of Android.
From your device, then tap on the link I provided you to directly open the Play Store; then presses the button Installwait for the download and installation of the app to finish and press the button You opento start the latter.
Once the application is started, you will be shown icons on the side of the screen. Then tap the button Settings and verify that the option Record audio is active. After verifying that the option is active, tap on back arrow to return to the main screen of your mobile.
Now start the video call with your favorite application and then tap onAZ Screen Recorder icon you see on the side of your screen. Then tap on the red icon with the symbol of a video camera and, in the screen that opens, press the button Start now. A countdown will then start, at the end of which the recording will start.
To stop recording, open the Notification Center of your Android device, with a swipe from top to bottom, at the top edge of the screen, and tap the button Break time or on the button Stop.
Note: if you want to record a video call of Skypeknow that you can do this directly using the official application of the service for Android. All you have to do is press the button + present on the chat screen and select the item Start recording from the menu that opens.
Instead, to start recording a video call on iPhone or iPad, you can use the built-in function within iOS. To activate it, from the main screen of your device, tap on the icon Settings; then scroll through the items and select the one indicating the wording Control center. After tapping on it, then tap on the item Customize controls.
On this screen, locate the feature Screen recording and tap on green button next to it, to add it to yours Control center.
Now, start the video call with your favorite application and then swipe from bottom to top at the bottom edge of your device screen. You will then be able to see a new icon with a circle inside it: tap on it and wait for the end of the short countdown to start recording. Then exit the Control center to record everything that appears on the screen, including your video call.
To block the registration, you will have to reach the again Control center and tap on record button.
Note: if it is your intention to record a video call of Skypeknow that you can do this using the official application of the service for iOS. All you have to do is press the button + present on the chat screen and select the item Start recording from the menu that opens.