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Overview

Replay Telecorder is an easy, powerful way to record audio and video calls made using applications like Skype™ for PC. All recordings are 100% digital, which ensures perfect reproduction from the original experience. You can record any conversation, including conferences, voicemail, and any other Skype™ audio or video interaction. One click is all it takes to start and stop a recording.

Before you purchase, you can run Replay Telecorder in demo mode, which allows you to record for up to two minutes. Once you order Replay Telecorder, you can make unlimited recordings.

Here's how Replay Telecorder appears when opened:

Replay Telecorder

Legal note: In many countries, it is illegal to record a phone call without the consent of the other party. We recommend telling all participants in a phone call that they are being recorded when using Replay Telecorder.

Installation and first-time setup

Replay Telecorder should be installed on a Windows Administrator account however all clients will automatically get shortcuts if the option “Make shortcuts available to all users” is checked during the installation process.. Every user account has his/her own recording folder and settings. The Administrator installation doesn’t need to run in order for the clients to run their versions. However, only the Administrator account can uninstall Replay Telecorder.

When running Replay Telecorder for the first time you'll be asked to specify your microphone as shown below. Follow the instructions and make sure the specified microphone to be used with Replay Telecorder is the same as the Default audio recording source in Windows Audio Settings.

Audio Setup

(note: your audio recording sources are based on your specific hardware and will likely not be the same as those shown above)


How to Set a Recording Folder

Before recording a call, you might want to select a folder where your recordings are saved. Here's how:

  1. From Replay Telecorder's Settings Window, choose Storage from the top menu, then Setup Storage Folder:
    Storage
  2. Navigate to where you want recording saved, then click OK.

    Folder picker


Recording with Replay Telecorder

  1. First open Skype™ or any similar video/audio conferencing application.
  2. Open Replay Telecorder.
  3. If you're using Skype™ as your recording source, Replay Telecorder will automatically detect the Skype™ window for you. If you're using a video conferencing application other than Skype™, click the Mark button to manually select the area of the screen that you want Replay Telecorder to record.
  4. Click Record to start recording.
  5. Click Stop to stop recording.
  6. Click Play to playback the last recording.

Note: For best results, when recording on High Definition displays (1920x1080) or higher, keep the size of the video window to a minimum. Do not use full screen or larger size windows. Skype™ consumes a lot of CPU on HD displays when large windows are utilized.

Main Screen Functions

Replay Telecorder

  • Settings: opens Replay Telecorder's main Settings window.
  • Record: Click the Record button to start recording. When recording begins, the Record button becomes a Stop button. Click Stop to stop recording.
  • Play: Click this button to play the last recorded video. In order to access the storage folder to view all saved recordings, click Settings, then click Recordings.
  • Mark: use this button to manually mark the area of the screen to be recorded. A transparent rectangle is displayed which can be resized or moved (grab the top of the transparent window) to fit the screen area. Manual marking is not necessary when recording from Skype™ as Replay Telecorder automatically detects the Skype™ video windows on the screen. Use Mark when recording from other video teleconferencing sources.

Settings

Click the Settings button to open Replay Telecorder's main Settings window:

settings

  • Record video; enable/disable video recording.
  • Record audio; enable/disable all audio recording (both local and remote audio streams). Use the Audio settings If you need to enable/disable only the local or only the remote audio streams.
  • Video settings/Audio settings buttons: open the video/audio settings dialog windows. Described in detail below.
  • Select hotkey for start/stop recording: Replay Telecorder's main screen has a small print and is designed to clone the main video and show what is being recorded. In most cases it should be left visible on the screen. However you can use a hotkey to stop/start recording and hide the main screen if you wish.
  • User interface scaling: use this to make the Replay Telecorder main screen larger or smaller.

Video Capture Modes

Replay Telecorder allows you to capture in several different modes. Click Settings then click Capture in the Settings window to open the Capture Modes menu:

  • Main Skype™ window - the main Skype™ window is tracked and everything shown on this window is recorded. When Background mode is used (see below) a (1) is shown on the Replay Telecorder status bar next to the window name. In this case the Skype™ window is recorded even if covered by other windows. If a (0) is shown next to the window name, the main Skype™ window is not recorded if covered by other windows.
  • Small Skype™ window - only the small Skype™ window is tracked automatically. This window is always on top of every other window and is recorded even if other windows are opened. To avoid additional CPU loading we recommend using this recording mode if only the remote video image is needed (in some cases Skype™ consumes a lot of CPU).
  • Marked region - when this mode is selected only the marked portion of the screen is recorded and the Skype™ windows are not tracked. To mark a screen region click the Mark button on Replay Telecorder's main screen. This mode should be selected if you're using a video conferencing solution other than Skype™.
  • Full screen - the entire screen is always recorded.

Video Settings

Video Settings

  • Video bitrate: the higher this number (kbps) the better video quality but larger recorded file size.
  • Frame rate: in order to lower CPU loading use smaller numbers (15 or 10 fps).
  • Use Background recording: use this mode if you need to open other windows while recording. When Background mode is enabled a (1) is shown on Replay Telecorder's status bar next to the main window name. The Skype™ window is recorded even if covered by other windows. Background recording is available with Windows 8 and 10 only.
  • Use Windows basic theme: this mode lowers the CPU loading considerably (Windows 7 only).

Audio Setup

Audio Setup

  • Record speakers: enable/disable recording of the speaker sound i.e. the incoming audio from the remote source.
  • Record microphone: enable/disable recording of the microphone i.e. the outgoing audio from the local microphone
  • Audio recording sources: these are the recording audio sources provided by your system (computer). They can be found in the Windows Sound dialog. To open Windows Sound Setup, right click the speaker icon on the Windows taskbar then click Recording devices.

In some cases, selecting the ‘Noise suppression’ and ‘Echo cancellation’ features under the microphone Enhancements may improve the quality of audio listening and recording. These settings are not available on all Windows Systems.

Options

Click the Settings button, then click Options in the Settings window to open the Options menu:

Options

  • Select Monitor:
    Select Monitor
    • When using two monitors you need to specify the monitor where the Skype™ window resides. This is necessary if you’re using the ‘Marked region’ or ‘Full screen’ modes.
    • Monitor 1, Monitor 2: Select the monitor where the video to be recorded resides. Monitor 1 is always the main display regardless of the monitor numbers shown by Windows. Please note that when using Windows 8 or 10 you may need to restart the computer if you change monitor scaling or the main display in Windows display settings.
    • When one of the auto tracking modes is used it is not necessary to select monitors. Replay Telecorder will track the ‘Main’ or ‘Small’ Skype™ window on either one of the two monitors. You need to select a monitor when the ‘Mark region’ or ‘Full screen’ modes are used.
    • Starting with Windows 8.1 and then 10 the primary and secondary monitors can have different scaling factors (as shown in the image above). Replay Telecorder makes an attempt to determine the scaling factors of both monitors when the program opens. The scale factor of the second monitor is necessary if Background mode is utilized. If you’re having scaling issues when recording with Background mode you should disable this mode.
  • Show Cloned Video: Shows the cloned area of the screen to be recorded. A black cloned window indicates that recording is not possible.
  • Set Full-Screen: Setup the full-screen recording area.
  • Reset Markers: Resets the marking window to the default position on the main display. This may be necessary when a second monitor is turned off but still connected.
  • Restore Defaults: Restores all settings to their defaults.

 

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