One of the unfortunate aspects of being the neighborhood and family geek is the requirement to help out friends, neighbors, family, and occasional co-worker with their computer problems. I’ve switch many dozens of people away from Windows to the Mac and not one has switched back.
Switchers are often amazed at how easy it is to make FaceTime calls, and how good the video and screen quality is on a Mac. They’re just as amazed when I show them a utility that records those FaceTime calls– both video and audio– as movie files. The app I use is Call Recorder for FaceTime. Like, duh. Think of it as the FaceTime version of Call Recorder for Skype. Same folks, of course, with lots of similarities between the apps.
Simply put, when you make a FaceTime call you can elect to record the video and audio and save the call as a movie. Controls are just this easy.
The way it works is simple enough even your parents can do it.
First, start the FaceTime call. The Call Recorder recording controls are all you need. Click the red Record button and recording begins. You’ll be able to see audio levels of both users in the controls, plus a video snapshot.
This makes Call Recorder for FaceTime a useful tool for saving family conversations, creating a video and audio audio of business meetings, and an excellent method to handle interviews which can become Podcast material.
There’s an option for side-by-side and split-screen modes, perfect for recording, and since it’s a movie file that gets recorded, it can be edited in iMovie and audio sweetened in Garageband. Audio calls can be converted to standard MP3 files, and movies can be exported to YouTube or Vimeo videos.
What’s not to like?
The app even handles Handoff calls.
Say what what?
Handoff is the built-in OS X option on Apple devices that let you handoff apps and connections from one device to another. For FaceTime, you can start a call on your iPhone or iPad, then hand it off to the Mac to begin the recording.
There’s even a built-in option to record the local audio on one audio track and the remote caller on a separate audio track. The controls are a no-brainer to get started but make sure to check out the preferences.
I’ve managed to collect a number of apps from the same developer, including the aforementioned Call Recorder for Skype, and a favorite, especially for the so-so cameras in the Mac, a utility called iGlasses which adds more controls, functions, and enhancements to the Mac’s built-in camera.
And, yes, before you ask, there’s a try-before-you-buy option. Just the way God intended apps to be.