Ok…so I think I have an answer to my recording question, but I need a volunteer to try it out. Unfortunately, this isn’t a solution for everyone since it revolves around the program Camtasia which goes for $299. (There is a free 14-day trial, however.) But it’s E-Z. Here are the steps for those of you who might have the software or something comparable.
1. I started Skype and called the test number just so I could get some voice data coming into my computer, and I used Camtasia Recorder to capture both video and audio.
2. I brought the .avi file into Camtasia Producer and used the “Save Audio As” function to strip out the audio track as a .wav file.
3. I brought the .wav into Audacity and from there exported it as an MP3 file.
That’s it. Now, if you wouldn’t mind me testing this with real voices, Skype me at willrich45. And if that works, then maybe we can try to set up a quick edblogger conference Skype around, say, 1 pm EST. Let me know if you’re interested and maybe we can have some pre-holiday podcasting fun.