Skype Audio Call to Evernote

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Skype Audio Call to Evernote Thu Sep 27, 2012 12:24 am • by Brandon
I am a new Hazel user, and not very code savvy... but I hope this help others out there :-)

Personally, I spend a lot of time on the phone with clients and on conference calls. I wanted an easy way to share call recordings amongst attendees as wells as save the calls in my Evernote account where I capture just about everything in my workflow.

Here's the solution I came up with for those who might want a similar set up.

First of all, I use "Call Recorder for Skype" by ECamm Network. As far as I know they are the only game in town for recording Skype Calls.

I use Hazel to scan a folder I specified in my Call Recorder preferences.

Now, these calls are recorded in MOV format. Although you can certainly import MOV into Evernote, I really like the built in MP3 player built into the Evernote client - and I REALLY wanted to reduce the size of the files.

I accomplish this in TWO Rules:


Here's what the first step of rules looks like all of the rules look like at a glance:


Hazel grabs the MOV file, and renames it:


Call Recorder does a nice job of names files to match the contact or phone number from your Skype account.

Note:I would love to have a actual TIME stamp like 12:30 PM, or even 14:30... but I can't find a way to do it. If you know how, drop me a line!

Next, Hazel converts the MOV file into a a low quality MP3, using FFMPEG (you'll have to install this on your own, but there are lots of tutorials on the web and it was rather painless.)

Here's the shell script:

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/usr/local/bin/ffmpeg -i "$1" -map 0:0 -ab 64k -f mp3 "$LONG_FILENAME.mp3"

Then, it is time for the second set of rules:


This rule is pretty self explanatory, except for the shell script which I shamelessly ripped off your somewhere else:

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tell application "Evernote"
create note from file theFile
end tell

Now, this is probably note the most elegant set up... using two Rules. But I couldn't figure out how to use theFile for the original (MOV file) and then the second file created (the MP3 file).

I also played around with pasting the Evernote Note Link to the clipboard, but the Audio Note failed to sync in time.

If you have any tips of tricks to improve this - feel free to share!
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