How to Take Live Skype Calls

Add to iTunes | Add to YouTube | Add to Google | RSS Feed

Oliver has sent in this screencast, to help you out with your video and call quality while streaming. Many people use Skype to bring people in during their live streaming session, but the quality often drops significantly. It is possible to have the call (and the overall stream) maintain the crisp, clean quality that you are striving for. Oliver is going to show you how to accomplish this.

The best way to accomplish this is to use a powerful program called Audio Hijack Pro. This is a paid program, but the free version works for audio hijacks up to ten minutes. You’ll also need Soundflower. Have both of these programs, along with Skype, open before you begin.

First you’ll want to go in to Audio Hijack Pro. Click into the Skype pane on the left. Right click on Skype, and then mouse over “4 FX Effect” and then click on “Auxiliary Device Output”. This allows you to route the audio from Skype through Audio Hijack Pro, and in to Soundflower. When the window pops up after choosing the Auxiliary Device Output, choose Soundflower (2ch) from the dropdown menu. You don’t even need Soundflower open in order to do this.

Click the “Hijack” button at the top left of the screen, and then choose the “Quit and Relaunch” option from the menu. Once you open your Ustream show, you’re nearly ready to make your call! At the bottom of the Ustream window, you’ll see a dropdown box for “Audio Source”. Make sure you select “Soundflower (2ch)” here.

After you make this change, you won’t hear your own voice through your stream. You won’t hear it again until you take a Skype call. Oliver chose to call a Skype Test Call, which I recommend you do prior to your show going live.This will ensure that all of your settings are correct.

Audio Hijack Pro and Soundflower work together to grab both your voice and your callers’ voice, and throw them through your stream together. This way, you have a high-quality broadcast during the calls.

Thanks, Oliver, for an excellent tutorial and screencast!

Want to embed this video on your own site, blog, or forum? Use this code or download the video: