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Auto-record iChat A/V chats Apps
On my last project, we made extensive use of iChat's video, audio and screen conferencing features. I found myself wishing I could record our sessions, as some of our discussions were extremely complex.

It took me a surprisingly long time to realise that there is a Record Chat item in the Video menu of iChat. Activate this, and the other party is asked if they mind if a recording is made. If they accept, each party then ends up with their own recording, copied to iTunes.

If, however, you are as lazy and forgetful etc. as I am, you may find this simple AppleScript handy: That script will automatically turn on recording in iChat for AV Chats (audio, video, document share). To make it work, copy the above into a new document in Script, and save it as AVRecorder.scpt in your user's Library » Scripts » iChat folder. You now need to attach the script for it to work.

If you want it activated for all buddies, attach the script in iChat Preferences; if you only want this for specific buddies, attach the script for just those Buddies, in their Info window. To attach the script, open the relevant window (Preferences or a specific buddy's Info window), and then choose the Alerts tab in that window.

Click the Event pop-up menu and select A/V Chat Started. Check the Run AppleScript box, then choose the script you just created in the adjacent pop-up menu. Now repeat the process for the "A/V Ended" event.

Now whenever an AV Chat commences, the other parties will be asked if it's OK to record the chat; if they accept, recording will automatically start. Unfortunately, I was unable to make this work for Screen Sharing sessions.
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Auto-record iChat A/V chats
Authored by: osxpounder on May 21, '09 12:22:05PM

Today, I was looking for the way to start recording an A/V chat, too. iChat help didn't have that information. I finally found it, like you did!

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Auto-record iChat A/V chats
Authored by: mr.quinn on May 22, '09 05:28:16AM

Well done ;-)

I found the feature in iChat's AppleScript Dictionary, while I was working on a different iChat script.

BTW. I think I was wrong when I said both parties end up with a recording ..... now I think it is only the initiating party.

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Auto-record iChat A/V chats
Authored by: matthorton on Jan 05, '10 08:42:26AM

Can this be modified so that it does not need to ask the other party?

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