Skype for Interviews – A How-To Video

After years of discouraging the use of Skype for interviews here at The Conversations Network, we’re now saying a resounding Yes! Paul Figgiani and I have prepared this audiovisual presentation that covers all you need to know in order to get true broadcast-quality Skype recordings.

For more info and discussion, visit The Conversations Network’s forums.

115 thoughts on “Skype for Interviews – A How-To Video

  1. Should switching to a wideband internet which is purpotedly much faster (I currently have the regular Time Warner Cable internet) make a significant difference in the clarity of the calls?

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  2. If you’re already on a cable internet connection you won’t see any improvement with an even faster connection. The video is still accurate except (a) the way you get to the technical call information window is different in the new UI, and (b) the new codec is even better than the one we recommended when we produced the slideshow.

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  3. Ben2011: If there’s no firewall, then the holes aren’t necessary. (There’s no where to poke them.) And yes, the holes may help even if the other person is on a phone. The only way to know is to open the Technical Call Info window and see the number of Relays.

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  4. Hello Mr aye,

    Thank you very much for this very thorough tutorial (and the forum replies to it spanning more than 4 years!). I’m amazed at not only the amount of information it contains but, moreover, the simple yet entertaining way that info i presented. You certainly have a knack for radio😉 This being said, I am winderin it the relays/UDP stuff you mention is only for Skype-to-Skype calls as (lie Richie mentioned in posts 90 and 91), I can only get the G729 codec in my SkypeOut calls without indication on the remote UDP or the Relays line in the Tech Info window.

    Thanks again,

    Dominic

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  5. Doug, Yes, I’ve seen that the SILK_V3 codec works (and very well at that!) for the Skype to Skype calls. However, for the SkypeOut calls, I’m stuck in G729 and cannot see the relays/UDP stats in the technical info screen. I’m just wondering i there is a way to see this info and/or to force the usage of the SILK codec over G729.

    Thanks again,

    Dominic

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  6. Well…It’s not a secret that for those who makes Remote Presentation Skype is a must have tool. But sometimes just sharing your screen is not effective due to a bad internet connection, so for me is very important that all participant will be able to watch, listen and use in further my documents with no limits.
    Mostly I share my mind maps and projects (I use Conceptdraw software news.conceptdraw.com/article.php?nid=NID-5548). I show my presentations via Skype, it works with ConceptDraw easy and fast irrespectively the internet speed, because my file is loading to viewers computers and is used by program, not by network. All the participants can view and discuss in same time. Priceless option for me. Highly recommend.

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  7. Thanks for a very professional tutorial. One question: you indicate “Hit Hijack” but do not advise to hit Record. Shouldn’t I do both to record a Skype podcast interview?

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