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Only one participant needs a Skype Premium account for group video calls.
Yes. Using Skype in broadcast and film allows production companies and studios to incorporate live face-to-face video calls into TV and film. Skype can also be used for free Skype-to-Skype calls during radio programming.
Use Skype for live on-air feeds from remote locations, for interviewing viewers in their homes, for engaging experts from around the world, and even for connecting with correspondents in the field.
Skype is a great complement to traditional production methods. With Skype’s free, great quality voice and HD video calls, you can get cost savings, rich new content and even go places you’ve never considered.
The following FAQs will help you get started using Skype within your broadcast and film productions.
To integrate Skype HD video calls into your production, you’ll need the latest version of Skype for Windows or Skype for Mac OS X, an HD webcam, and a Skype account registered to your production company. As Skype is being used for commercial purposes, you'll need to review and agree to the Broadcast terms of service.
To get the best results when broadcasting a Skype video on air, make sure that:
If you only want to receive (not send) HD video calls for broadcast and film, you need a fast CPU and a broadband internet connection.
If you can’t meet the above recommendations, video and call quality can vary greatly.
To insert HD video into your broadcasting, film or recording equipment, you’ll need a video card with dual video outputs and equipment that further processes the captured HD video, that is, a video capture card, second computer, video switch or video recorder. The steps required are:
The goal is to avoid rescaling of the video inside the Skype application as much as possible.
For broadcasts, film or recording, you should only capture the actual Skype video window. To send the program feed to the remote Skype participant, replace the video camera in the instructions above with the feed.
You can also use HQV/S-Video in the same way as you would use HD Video. To get the best possible video quality for broadcast or film, you should set the Skype video window to full screen once the call is set up.
Yes. Any DV camera with HDMI, composite or S-Video outputs that supports a resolution of VGA 640x480 and 30 frames per second or higher will work with Skype. The camera needs to be connected to a video capture card. Skype has successfully tested the following capture cards (others might work but were not tested) for HD film and broadcasting:
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The advice in the table below can help you get the best possible quality when broadcasting on air.
|Computer||Your computer hardware needs to meet the minimum requirements to broadcast HD video as best as possible. Restart your computer before the broadcast, switch off all background applications, and disable firewalls and virus scanners during the broadcast. If you are using a laptop, it should be mains powered where possible, and set to “optimal performance mode”.|
|Internet Connection||Check that your internet connection speeds are suitable for HD video calls. You need at least 400kbps upload and 500kbps download speed. See more on internet connection requirements for broadcast and film. To check your internet connection, use an online checking tool such as Speedtest or Pingtest.|
|Webcam||You'll need an HD webcam or camera in order to record and broadcast HD video content. When recording, good lighting is important, as is avoiding sudden movements. We recommend plain clothing for participants, as patterns and black or white clothing can be difficult for cameras to decode.|
|Sound||You should use separate microphones and speakers for optimal sound on your broadcast. In-built systems tend to pick up more background noise and therefore should be avoided for professional use. During the broadcast, mute all microphones when not in use.|
|Video||Everything that is visible on the computer screen will also be visible on the recording. Therefore, it is best to avoid mouse movements over the picture, and to disable pop-ups, screen savers and sleep mode. You should also set Skype to “do not disturb” to avoid incoming calls and messages.|
Currently, Skype doesn’t have any built-in recording functionality. However, you can use a video capture card connected to the computer that’s running Skype to record a Skype video call for broadcast or film.