- The video call is a meeting of some type and sometimes not everyone can make the meeting. This let’s those who could not attend see and hear what was discussed.
- The video call is being used for a very special purpose, perhaps to observe behavior in a mental health setting. This way the behavior can be observed again as an “instant replay” of sorts or other specialists can view the behavior when their schedule permits.
- Endless training applications.
- The list goes on and on…
Some video conference technologies, like Vidyo, have their own optional capabilities that bring great value and ease of use to the party. Right from the video conference user interface click a button to record the video call. These tools also offer a built in content management system as well as the ability to live stream a video call. But what if you don’t have Vidyo, don’t need extra features or you don’t want to pay for those extra cost options?
Third party applications
The good news is that there are 3rd party applications designed to record the screen and audio. These are typically tools to record PowerPoint – Keynote presentations or training on how to do something on a web site or a particular piece of software. The good news is that these tools also work for the video call that is happening on your PC!
I have tested one tool and at first blush I am shocked at how well it works and the rich feature set it offers. That tool is Camtasia. It not only allows you to record the video call and edit it with powerful tools, it also has an integrated content management component where you can post the recordings on line to it’s own service called Screencast, or to YouTube.
The downside is that someone needs to learn yet another application and it is completely separate from whatever video conferencing software or service you are using. This means someone who knows how that recording software works must be involved with the video call.
So think about what value would be provided by recording some of your video calls and start recording!