How to Record a Skype Call With Audio Hijack

There are currently 1,032 ways to record the audio from a Skype call and so naturally I wanted to record a tutorial video on how to do it for my YouTube channel.

Rogue Amoeba make some of the coolest audio apps for Mac and Audio Hijack is no exception. It’s one of the few audio apps that delights me every time I use it because it’s so powerful and fun to use. That’s no easy feat in software.

Anyway. Here’s how to get your Skype calls recorded with Audio Hijack.

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Setting Up Audio Hijack to Live Stream

How to Set Up a Livestream With Audio Hijack

Rogue Amoeba recently updated their excellent audio app for Mac, Audio Hijack, with the ability to broadcast audio. From their blog post:

Using multiple Broadcast blocks in one session, you can stream a high and a low quality broadcast, or in multiple audio formats. You can even easily copy server settings between blocks, with Audio Hijack’s powerful Presets feature.

Rogue Amoeba had an app called Nicecast that was built specifically for streaming. Now that Audio Hijack has it built in, Nicecast has been discontinued. Any Nicecast users should check out this blog post from Rogue Amoeba on how to migrate from Nicecast to Audio Hijack – including possibly saving on the purchase of Audio Hijack.

Audio Only Streaming?

In this era of Twitch, YouTube, Periscope, and other video streaming platforms – audio only streaming seems almost quaint. But it’s still a popular way for musicians/DJ’s to stream out music or for podcasters to livestream their shows to the world.

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Descript for Audio

Using Descript to Transcribe Multi-track Audio for Podcasters

Descript, a Mac app that does transcription of audio/video, put out an update recently that added support for multi-track audio. It means instead of transcribing an audio conversation between two or more people as one long chunk of text, it breaks it out into what each person says and transcribes each person’s words separate from everyone else’s.

Download Descript and try it out here and we’ll both get an extra 100 minutes free.

I stand by my initial review of Descript:

…I can say that if you’re wanting to roll your own transcriptions of podcasts or videos, it’s the best app I’ve tried for transcribing.

The multi-track feature only makes it that much easier for someone who is reading transcripts to follow along plus improves your SEO ability on a podcast or video embed page.

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Ecamm Live 2

Ecamm Live 2 Update

Ecamm released version 2 of their Mac app Ecamm Live which makes it easy to stream video to Facebook Live and now just about anything.

This is a major update to our Facebook Live streaming app, with additions such as Skype integration, live camera switching, split screens and saved scenes.

Ecamm Live is a user friendly – and budget friendly – way to stream video from your Mac to Facebook Live. And with version 2, Ecamm added support for custom RTMP servers which means you can stream to anything else you might want to as well including Twitch, YouTube, Periscope, or a service like Restream which allows you to stream almost anywhere.

Quick Review of Ecamm Live

What I really like about Ecamm Live is how easy it is to get up and streaming. You authenticate the app with your Facebook account, pick a Facebook page or account you want to stream to, and go live. It’s almost as easy as using the Facebook iOS app to live stream, except you get all the powerful features of a desktop app like:

  • Multiple camera/shot support
  • Layers for text, photos, or sharing your desktop
  • Adding guests to your stream via Skype
  • Adding pre-recorded video to your live stream

With software like this, it’s always easier to show than type about it. So watch the video below and then be sure to check out the live video on Facebook that I streamed with the help of Justin Jackson.

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Review of Descript – A Transcription App for Mac

If you’ve ever tried to transcribe audio from a video or podcast, you might love this app that’s been released this week. Descript is

…powered by Google Speech, which means you get state-of-the-art transcription accuracy. Audio is synced to text, so you can always hear the sound beneath the words – and search audio by searching text. If you need the perfection that only human-powered transcription can provide, upgrade to White Glove for 24 hour turnaround, just $1 per minute of audio.

The proof for anything app like this is actually using it. How good is the transcription? How much editing do you have to do after it’s “done”?

🚨 If you want to check out Descript, use this link to sign up for free and we’ll both get an extra 100 minutes of transcriptions added to our accounts. Pretty sweet. 🚨

I decided to take Descript for a test drive on a recent episode of my solo podcast, Daily(ish) #226. A solo podcast is a pretty easy first attempt because there’s only one voice to worry about transcribing. Next time maybe I’ll try a 5 person recording of The U2 Fan podcast.

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How Much Does Descript Cost?

Descript has two plans – $0.15USD/minute with no monthly fee or $0.07USD/minute with a $20USD/month fee (currently $10USD/month for early adopters). So for my 10 minute long episodes, that works out to $1.50 per episode or $0.70/episode. A regular podcast in the 45 minute range would cost $6.75 / $3.15.

So if you’re doing a lot of transcribing, it wouldn’t take much for the monthly plan to pay for itself.

Does Descript Work?

After testing Descript out, I can say that if you’re wanting to roll your own transcriptions of podcasts or videos, it’s the best app I’ve tried for transcribing. No matter how good the automated portion of the transcription is, you’re going to have to go through and edit to make sure it got any weird words or pauses. The Wordbar feature is something I didn’t really try out in the demo, but it allows you to visually remove silence and gaps in a recording – something that isn’t difficult in a regular audio editor either, but for non-audio geeks makes it that much easier to edit your podcast.

The web publishing and collaboration portion of Descript is something I haven’t experimented with yet – but I will on a future podcast. It allows you to publish your podcast to a special URL and let’s friends/colleagues help fix the transcription and send back notes on the edit – like Google Docs/Word review comments.

Will I Use Descript?

I’ll definitely be trying Descript out on a few projects for clients in the next month or so and evaluating how it might be incorporated into my production workflow. I’d suggest giving it a try by signing up and downloading Descript for free. Be sure to come back and post a link in the comments below to a sample of your podcast/video project with the transcription done by Descript.

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