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Most important hardware component(s) for recording Skype video?

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September 18, 2013 1:53:21 AM

Hi,

I'm involved with a project which involves recording interviews with people via Skype. The hardware I have available at the moment is an HP Pavilion g6 laptop with the following specs:

Intel Core i3 (380M) 2.53GHz 3MB (L3 Cache)
Integrated Intel HD graphics
4096MB (4096MB) DDR3 RAM

Unfortunately I'm finding that the recordings I'm making are very poor, even with the quality settings of the recording software (e.g. resolution, FPS, audio quality etc.) turned down fairly low. I appreciate that there are a number of factors which come into play here beyond the hardware on my side but my question is, if I were to look to purchase a new rig (probably a desktop but possibly another laptop) what are the most important features I should be looking for, i.e. for video recording is CPU speed more important than a high-spec video card? What sort of spec as far as CPU/video/RAM should I ideally be looking for to at least be confident that my hardware isn't providing a bottleneck which is impacting on my ability to record Skype video? I should add that I'm not looking to record in HD - just something like 640x480 with decent audio is all I need.

Any thoughts, suggestions or experiences would be really welcome. Thanks very much in advance!
September 18, 2013 2:07:48 AM

You must have a codec issue or something - I was recording PAL in perfect quality from my PS2 in 2003 on a single-core P4 2ghz!

What software are you using?
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September 18, 2013 2:19:45 AM

kyzarvs said:
What software are you using?


Pamela
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September 18, 2013 2:34:53 AM

kyzarvs said:
Presume you've read that and have the latest Intel drivers and Skype version?


Yes, that's correct, I've already been through every item on that list.
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September 18, 2013 4:24:01 AM

macavity said:
kyzarvs said:
Presume you've read that and have the latest Intel drivers and Skype version?


Yes, that's correct, I've already been through every item on that list.



Try recording with external software like this one, free to use.

http://www.bbsoftware.co.uk/
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September 18, 2013 5:23:18 AM

DragonChase said:
macavity said:
kyzarvs said:
Presume you've read that and have the latest Intel drivers and Skype version?


Yes, that's correct, I've already been through every item on that list.



Try recording with external software like this one, free to use.

http://www.bbsoftware.co.uk/


Appreciate the suggestion. I've already tried one or two alternatives other than Pamela with no success, though, and wonder if it may be a performance issue on my side. I could be wrong though - I'm just not sure what kind of spec is typically required for this kind of task so I'm trying to narrow things down.
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September 18, 2013 2:04:09 PM

macavity said:
DragonChase said:
macavity said:
kyzarvs said:
Presume you've read that and have the latest Intel drivers and Skype version?


Yes, that's correct, I've already been through every item on that list.



Try recording with external software like this one, free to use.

http://www.bbsoftware.co.uk/



I KNOW WHY!!!!!!! came in an instant! it is because your laptop is not 1080p its probably a 1200-1300-1600 resolution screen and not an full HD.

NOW! when you record the screen it will save it in native resolution you are displaying the output in, then what you are doing is making it HD which will scramble the entire video because it needs to stretch the image to a larger format!.

Sorry for the capslock! enthousiastic about this answer! so let me know as soon as possible!
Appreciate the suggestion. I've already tried one or two alternatives other than Pamela with no success, though, and wonder if it may be a performance issue on my side. I could be wrong though - I'm just not sure what kind of spec is typically required for this kind of task so I'm trying to narrow things down.


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September 18, 2013 2:43:45 PM

DragonChase said:
macavity said:
DragonChase said:
macavity said:
11557888,0,184333 said:
Presume you've read that and have the latest Intel drivers and Skype version?
said:


Yes, that's correct, I've already been through every item on that list.
said:



Try recording with external software like this one, free to use.

http://www.bbsoftware.co.uk/
said:



I KNOW WHY!!!!!!! came in an instant! it is because your laptop is not 1080p its probably a 1200-1300-1600 resolution screen and not an full HD.

NOW! when you record the screen it will save it in native resolution you are displaying the output in, then what you are doing is making it HD which will scramble the entire video because it needs to stretch the image to a larger format!.

Sorry for the capslock! enthousiastic about this answer! so let me know as soon as possible!
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:??:  Not sure I follow...I'm not recording in HD.
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