Ensuring the best possible Skype call recording quality

To ensure the best possible recording quality when using CallBurner, follow this checklist:

  • Do not run other CPU-intensive applications during recording. (It’s fine to have other applications open, but if any application is doing anything particularly heavy over a period of more than a few seconds this can affect recording quality, as well as the actual Skype call quality.)
  • You can configure CallBurner to record at a higher quality. (Note: This will typically result in a larger file size). To see how to do this, click here .

What to do if recording does not work

If your call recording is working, but you are not happy with the quality, click here.

If recording is not working at all, this is usually due to software that you has been installed on your PC previously, that has made adjustments to your Audio codecs and has stopped the default MP3 codec from working correctly. Specialist audio and video products (e.g. capture cards) commonly change the audio codecs during installation.

If you are happy to use a format other than MP3, or if you want to use a codec other than the default MP3 codec for conversion to MP3, go to “Tools > Options > Recording > Advanced Recording Options > Audio Format > Change” . Choose another format from those available on your machine. When you click OK to close the options dialog, CallBurner will check whether conversion to that format is possible. If it is not, CallBurner will tell you to try another format.

If on the other hand you wish to keep the default settings, and use the default MP3 codec that is installed with Windows, follow these steps:

1. Close CallBurner.

2. Look in your Windows\System32 directory for the file l3codeca.acm (NOTE: That’s a lowercase L at the start of l3codeca.acm, not the digit “one”). If the file exists, go on with Step 3 below.

If the file does not exist, and you are running Windows XP, install Windows Media Player (via Control Panel > Add or Remove Programs > Add/Remove Windows Components). If Skylook recording still does not operate, return to this page.

If the file does not exist, and you are running Windows 2000, install Windows Media Services (via Control Panel > Add or Remove Programs > Add/Remove Windows Components). If Skylook recording still does not operate, return to this page.

3. Start the Control Panel.

4. Open Sounds and Audio Devices.

5. Click on the Hardware tab, and select Audio Codecs.

6. Click the Properties button, followed by the Properties tab.

7. If Fraunhofer IIS MPEG Layer-3 Codec is listed, proceed with Step 8. Otherwise skip to Step 10.

8. Click on Fraunhofer IIS MPEG Layer-3 Codec, then click Properties.

9. Click on Do not use this audio codec, then click OK. Keep clicking OK until you are back at the Control Panel.

10. Click the Windows Start button and choose the Run option.

11. Enter cmd then click OK.

12. Type C: then press the ENTER key.

13. Type cd \windows\system32 then press the ENTER key.

14. Type regsvr32 l3codeca.acm (NOTE: That’s a lowercase L at the start of l3codeca.acm, not the digit “one”) then press the ENTER key.

15. Follow steps 2 to 5 again.

16. Click on Fraunhofer IIS MPEG Layer-3 Codec, then click Properties.

17. Click on Use this audio codec, then click OK. Keep clicking OK until you are back at the Control Panel.

18. Start Outlook and test the CallBurner recording functionality.

If you are still having issues, contact CallBurner technical support.

What to do if the Skype Permissions window does not appear

Normally when CallBurner runs for the first time, a Skype Permissions window appears to allow you to grant CallBurner permission to connect to the Skype application.

Under some circumstances, however, the Skype Permissions window may not appear. The steps below show you what to do if this occurs.

1. Reboot your PC and start Skype then CallBurner. Soon after starting CallBurner you should see the Skype Permissions window:
Skype Security Dialog

2. If the above window appears, click the “Allow…” option then click OK. CallBurner should now start normally.

3. If the above window does not appear, follow these instructions to manually alter your Skype permissions.

If the above steps do not resolve the issue, please contact us at callburner@callburner.com . Depending on the time of day, you may get a response within minutes (a human response – not an auto-generated one). Otherwise we guarantee a response within 24 hours.

How to change Skype Access Permissions for CallBurner

If CallBurner’s Skype Access Permissions are not set correctly, CallBurner will not operate correctly.

You can configure the Skype Access Permissions as follows:

1. In Skype, go to “Tools > Options > Advanced > Updates”. (NOTE: In Skype 3.1 and earlier, go to “Tools > Options > Privacy” instead).

2. Click “Manage other programs’ access to Skype” (near the bottom of the window).

3. Look for CallBurner in the list of programs. Click the “Change” button that appears next to it.

4. You should see a window that looks like this:
Skype Security Dialog

5. Click the top “Allow…” option then click OK. Click OK again to close the options window.

6. If you came to this page from CallBurner’s “Skype Permission Window” wizard, simply click “Next >” in the wizard and CallBurner should operate normally. If you came to this page from elsewhere, restart CallBurner, which should operate normally.

Troubleshooting CallBurner Skype Access

If you have been sent to this page by CallBurner, there has been a problem giving CallBurner permission to connect to Skype. Skype usually asks you to allow access, but sometimes not in an obvious way, and sometimes not at all due to problems in Skype.

Skype 4.0 and later
Skype shows an “Allow access” button near the top right hand side of the main Skype window. Click it to allow CallBurner to connect to Skype. (NOTE: If the right-hand panel is hidden in your Skype, Skype will instead pop up a separate window for you to allow access).

If you don’t see the button, go to Tools > Options > Advanced and click “Manage other programs access to Skype” near the bottom of the page. If CallBurner appears in the list, click it and click the “Change” button to alter permissions.

If CallBurner is not in the list, reboot your PC and try again.

If you still don’t see it, it is possible that security software is getting in the way. For example, Auslogics has an option to disable the Skype public API. Turning this option off (or similar options in other products) should resolve the issue.

Skype 3.8
Skype shows an “Events” button near the top of the main Skype window. Click this button to see a list of events. There should be an event called “callburner.exe” – click it to see the window that allows you grant CallBurner access to Skype.

If you don’t see the event, reboot your PC and try again.

If you still don’t see it, it is possible that security software is getting in the way. For example, Auslogics has an option to disable the Skype public API. Turning this option off should resolve the issue.

Skype 3.6 or earlier
Skype should normally pop up a window asking you to give permission. Sometimes this doesn’t happen due to a problem in Skype.

Usually you can work around it by following these steps:

1. Reboot your PC and start Skype then CallBurner. Soon after starting CallBurner you may see a window that looks like this:
Skype Security Dialog

2. If the above window appears, click the “Allow…” option then click OK. CallBurner should now start normally. If the above window does not appear, CallBurner may still start normally. In either case, if it does not, follow the steps below.

Steps to follow if CallBurner still does not start properly

1. Reboot your PC and start Skype. (Don’t start CallBurner just yet. If it starts automatically, right-click the CallBurner icon in the system tray and choose “Quit” before proceeding).

2. In Skype, go to “Tools > Options > Advanced > Updates”. (NOTE: In Skype 3.1 and earlier, go to “Tools > Options > Privacy” instead).

3. Click “Manage other programs’ access to Skype” (near the bottom of the window).

4. Look for CallBurner in the list of programs. If it is listed, click the “Remove” button to remove it from the list.

5. Start CallBurner. Soon after starting CallBurner you should see a window that looks like this:
Skype Security Dialog

6. Click the “Allow…” option then click OK. CallBurner should now start normally.

If the above steps do not resolve your issue, please contact us at callburner@callburner.com . We guarantee a response within 24 hours.