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Using Skype at Kent - advice for staff and research postgraduates

Skype allows staff to record interviews with students and so is suitable for Tier 4 interviews.

Get started using Skype

  1. Get a Skype account from www.skype.com
  2. Decide which device you will use: you can use a phone, tablet, PC or laptop. PCs will need a webcam, speakers and microphone (or a plug in headset with headphones with microphone).
  3. Skype software on the device:
    • on student or staff PCs click Start and search for 'software center'. Then locate and install Skype from the list of available software.
    • on a phone or tablet you can install skype from your app store.
  4. Decide where to do your interview. On Canterbury campus we recommend booking the Video Conferencing Studio in Cornwallis South.
  5. Do a test call: we recommend this if you're a first time Skype user.

Record a Skype interview

Tier 4 applicant instructions (pdf)

To record a Skype interview (such as Tier 4), you'll need to install and use one of the programs below.

OBS Studio (Windows 7, Windows 10)

Staff can install OBS from the Software Center:

  1. Click Start and search for and open Software Center.
  2. Under Applications, search for OBS.
  3. Open OBS Studio – Install Silent.
  4. Click Install.

Once the install is complete, launch OBS from the start menu.

The first time you launch OBS:

  1. Click File and then Settings
  2. Go into Output and change the recording format to mp4 (you can also change where your videos will be saved)
  3. Click on apply and then OK

To record for the first time:

  1. Under sources, click on the plus icon and choose Display Capture
  2. Click OK on the box that appears
  3. Click OK on the Properties box that appears
  4. Click the start recording button at the bottom right of the window
  5. When you click on stop recording, it will automatically have save the video

To find your saved recordings click File then Show Recordings. This will open the folder where they are saved.

For future recordings, the scene and source will still be set up from last time.
To record a different window, change the Window Capture source (double-click on it).

OBS Studio (macOS)

  1. Visit https://obsproject.com
  2. Click on the macOS button and download the .pkg installer
  3. From your downloads double-click on obs-mac-21.1.1-installer.pkg
  4. Follow the on screen instructions to install OBS

Once the install is complete, launch OBS from the Spotlight search.

The first time you use it:

  1. From the menu bar click OBS and then Preferences
  2. Go into Output and change the recording format to mp4 (you can also change where your videos will be saved)
  3. Click on the small red cross in the top left to save and close the window

To record for the first time:

  1. Under 'sources', click on the plus icon and choose Window Capture.
  2. Click OK on the box that appears.
  3. From the Window drop down list, select the window you want to record. This list should display a list of currently open windows.
  4. Click OK and then resize the capture pane to fill the entire video output.
  5. At the bottom right of the window, click on the Start Recording button.
  6. When you click on stop recording, it will automatically have saved the video.

To find your saved recordings click File then Show Recordings. This will open the folder where they are saved.
For future recordings, the scene and source will still be set up from last time.
To record a different window, change the Window Capture source (double-click on it).

eCamm (Mac)

Guide to eCamm for Skype (pdf)

Pamela software (Windows 7)

Guide to Pamela for Skype (pdf)

 

 

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Last Updated: 28/03/2019