Skype for Interviews

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From The Conversations Network, Doug Kaye and Paul Figgiani explain the tips and techniques for recording high-quality interviews using Skype.

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  • superb tutorial, many thanks. Couldn't find the technical calls info to start with (and I still can't get it to pop up) but unsurprisingly it turns out to be under the 'call' menu (v5.1, PC). Your tutorial has given me a much better understanding of how it all works and confidence to record interviews without worrying that something’s going to mess up. Big thumbs-up!
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  • Evaer skype video recorder (http://www.evaer.com) is another solution for recording skype video interviews.
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Skype for Interviews

  1. Skype for Interviews Doug Kaye Paul Figgiani
  2. The Conversations Network • 2,000+ Podcasts Since 2003 • Distributors of The Levelator • A 501(c)(3) Non-Profit
  3. Broadcast Quality • Hosts: Studio Quality • Guests: Studio or Telephone via Digital Hybrid
  4. The Old Way • Studio Mics for Hosts • Telephones for Guests
  5. Skype for Interviews? • We’ve Always Said “No” • Until Now
  6. Skype for Interviews? • We’ve Always Said “No” • Until Now
  7. Yes, Skype for Interviews! • Skype Improved, Spring 2007 • Extensive Testing • Best Practices
  8. Example #1 • Paul on Telephone • Doug on Telephone
  9. Example #1 • Paul on Telephone • Doug on Telephone
  10. Example #2 • Paul on Studio Mic • Doug on Telephone • “Call-In” Talk-Show Quality
  11. Example #2 • Paul on Studio Mic • Doug on Telephone • “Call-In” Talk-Show Quality
  12. Example #2 • Paul on Studio Mic • Doug on Telephone • “Call-In” Talk-Show Quality
  13. Example #3 • Doug on Skype (Host) • Paul on Skype (Guest) • “Call-In” Talk-Show Quality
  14. Example #4 • Paul on Skype (Host/Local) • Doug on SkypeOut (Telephone) • “Call-In” Talk-Show Quality
  15. Example #4 • Paul on Skype (Host/Local) • Doug on SkypeOut (Telephone) • “Call-In” Talk-Show Quality
  16. Skype Out • Guests Need Only a Phone • Call Almost Any Country
  17. The Proper Environment
  18. A Good (?) Headset • Use USB • Avoid Analog Inputs
  19. Plantronics Audio 650 USB
  20. Headsets • Postion Mics Carefully • Avoid Nose/Mouth Breathing
  21. Shut Down Other Apps • BitTorrent • iTunes (!) • email • RSS readers • IM clients
  22. Have a Good Connection • At least 5kBytes/second (~40kbps) • 100kbps to be safe!
  23. dslreports.com
  24. Conference Call? • 100kbps per guest
  25. SVOPC Codec • Skype 2.6+ (OS X) • Skype 3.2+ (Windows)
  26. Technical Call Info • OS X Skype ➞ Preferences ➞ Advanced
  27. Technical Call Info • OS X Skype ➞ Preferences ➞ Advanced • Windows Tools ➞ Options ➞ Advanced ➞ Connection
  28. The Relay Problem • Most firewalls block the most optimal packets. • Relays via SuperNodes work around this problem. • But SuperNodes add a hop... • and may use TCP vs. UDP.
  29. The Relay Problem • Most firewalls block the most optimal packets. • Relays via SuperNodes work around this problem. • But SuperNodes add a hop... • and may use TCP vs. UDP.
  30. The Relay Problem • Most firewalls block the most optimal packets. • Relays via SuperNodes work around this problem. • But SuperNodes add a hop... • and may use TCP vs. UDP.
  31. The Relay Problem • Most firewalls block the most optimal packets. • Relays via SuperNodes work around this problem. • But SuperNodes add a hop... • and may use TCP vs. UDP.
  32. Avoid: • Relays • SuperNodes • TCP
  33. Router/Firewall Changes • Your calls will bypass SuperNodes. • But your computer may be used as a SuperNode.
  34. Router/Firewall Changes • Your calls will bypass SuperNodes. • But your computer may be used as a SuperNode.
  35. Avoid Being a SuperNode • Shut down Skype or • un-do the firewall changes.
  36. Recording Skype Calls • Route host and guest to separate tracks. • Record in high-quality uncompressed format.
  37. Recording Skype Calls • Route host and guest to separate tracks. • Record in high-quality uncompressed format.
  38. Separate Tracks? • Easier to edit in post- production. • Host and guest tracks may need separate processing.
  39. Separate Tracks? • Easier to edit in post- production. • Host and guest tracks may need separate processing.
  40. Record Uncompressed • MP3 is for final release only!
  41. Audio Hijack Pro
  42. Recording (OS X) • AudioHijack Pro * • Call Recorder
  43. Recording (Windows) • CallBurner * • Pamela • TotalRecorder Pro • CallSoft VOiP
  44. Post-Production
  45. Skype for Interviews Doug Kaye Paul Figgiani
  46. For More Information conversationsnetwork.org/forum
  47. For More Information conversationsnetwork.org/forum

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