Recording Remote Conversations

For a lot of public speakers, and other educators, often times we have to record conversations we have with others.

The content might be used for a public podcast, a private podcast for class assignments, or other things.

In the past, it was extremely common to get in the same room as your guest and start talking. You could bring a phone to record, or some other portable recording device.

But what can you do when that’s impossible. When you are either not allowed near the other person due to something, maybe like a pandemic, or you’re on the other side of the country or even the world.

That’s where virtual technology like Skype and Zoom can come in handy. You see, both of those have built-in recording features for both audio and video. Even so, the quality is (for lack of a better word) blah.

Fortunately, there are companies whose sole purpose is to aid in recording conversations remotely. Their target market is podcasters, but really the software can be used by anyone for anything.

  • Zencastr offers audio and video. They’re my go-to and I have been using their service for years, ever since their initial beta launch. Zencastr now has a new beta that offers video recording in addition to audio.
  • SquadCast is another and they’re backed by Pat Flynn who is on their advisory board. SquadCast offers video conversations but only records audio.
  • Riverside is the last of the three worth sharing. Like Zencastr, Riverside records audio and video.

So why use a one of those services over Skype or Zoom?

Thankfully that is a simple answer.

These three services use browser technology found in Google Chrome and Firefox browsers. It allows the services to record your voice (and video in some cases) locally to your computer, in a temporary folder. It will do the same for your guest(s). Then, once the recording is done, it will upload the recordings to the cloud.

When you sign out, the local storage is deleted to not take up space on your machine.

This means that you and your guest will have the absolute best recording quality possible, while remote, even if there are some Internet connection buffers going on during the conversation.

Cool, right?

Want to see more? In the video included here, published by the Podcasting service, Transistor, you’ll see an example of these services.

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