Gizmo- Skype alternative with integrated recording


GizmoI use Skype.  A lot.  It’s a great way to speak with colleagues no matter where they might be in the world and the best part is it’s free. If there was one thing I would change about Skype it would be adding easy recording of conversations.  As a podcaster it is incredibly difficult to get interviews recorded over Skype and when you do they often are subject to audio quality issues.  Enter Gizmo.

Podcast co-host Marc Orchant turned me onto Gizmo this week and so far it’s pretty cool.  Gizmo is a program and service similar to Skype and it works very similarly to the VoIP giant with one major difference (for podcasters)- Gizmo handles the technical side of the calls in such a way that it is a simple matter of clicking a record button during a call to record both sides of the conversation.  The recording is saved as a standard WAV file and preliminary testing shows pretty decent audio quality.  Better than Skype anyway and without jumping through hoops using a separate program like Mixcast Live.  Don’t take my word for it- here’s a conversation with Marc Orchant I recorded using Gizmo.  Tres cool.  Gizmo is available for both Windows and Mac OS X.

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Paul Andrews

Skylook will record calls automatically for you if you are running MS-Outlook. All conversations are saved as MP3 attachments in an Outlook folder. You can record both sides of the conversation or just your own voice. No changes to sound settings, virtual cables or the like. You will need Outlook 2000/XP/2003 and Skype 1.2 or later.


Thanks for the info on Gizmo. As a new podcaster I am finding Hot recorder to be a total disaster. It kept freezing my Tablet PC on startup, to the point where I had to uninstall it. Its not as bad on my desktop, but earlier this week I used it to record a 45 min interview, and it recorded the two tracks out of synch. What a mess that was!


Hotrecorder has not worked for me at all. I had a lot of problems when it was installed and had to remove it.


Sorry, but I dont understand the above. Hotrecorder can record the skype conversation ie both parties at the same time.


ian, the problem is how to record a Skype call. Skype requires two audio devices or a virtual patch cable to allow recording both sides of a conversation. In my experience this leads to frequent audio quality issues. Gizmo will record both sides using no additional software and still seems to keep the quality very high.


Is HotRecorder Version 2 no good for Skype then ?

If most of your friends are using Skype then why change ?… (betamax rules ?)

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