Saturday, March 20, 2010

NYC-RUG rat on the prowl

randyheadshot22 Fellow Wiley author (BIM and Integrated Design, 2011) and blogger Randy Deutsch AIA, LEED AP has written a glowing (and quite detailed) review of our latest New York City Revit Users Group meeting here. I’ve subscribed to Randy’s blog in recent months and it’s a quite impressive read. Can’t wait to get a copy of his book!

As an FYI to Randy and our other webcast attendees, we had a bit of an interesting scenario this month at our lecture location. A group was in our space – right up to the start of our event! I had to start the webinar on an alternate laptop in the adjacent gallery while our guests mingled – then turn everything over to the podium laptop as the Pratt crew changed the room over. Lesson learned? I’ll probably change the start time of the webinar to 6:15 or so to avoid the loss of attention. Thanks to Randy for the feedback.

Take a stroll over to and prepare to be entertained…

Friday, March 19, 2010

Post-Meeting Conversion for GoToMeeting

I found this tip recently and it’s been a real life-saver. If you use GoToMeeting or GoToWebinar from Citrix and frequently record your sessions you might have realized there are two formats in which your meeting can be recorded. In this blog post, I’ll show you how to create a GoToMeeting/Webinar recording, then how to convert it at a later date.

When you are hosting a meeting or webinar, first make sure the Recording panel is available by clicking the View menu and select Recording:


Quick tip: Did you know you could start and stop the recording many times throughout the meeting/webinar to customize exactly what you want to capture?

To view the recording format options, click the Settings link in the Recording panel:


If you use the GoToMeeting format, you won’t go through a conversion process when the meeting ends, but anyone who wants to view the recording must have the GoToMeeting codec installed. If the viewer had participated in a GoToMeeting at any time, they should already have the codec installed. The other option is to “Convert to Windows Media Player file,” but this takes time for a longer meeting recording. What if you need to pack up your laptop right after the meeting?

The problem I’ve found with the G2M format method is that many video hosting sites won’t recognize that video format. If you record in G2M format, you might think you’re out of luck for conversion options, but here’s the solution…

The Windows Media format encoder is on your system as part of the G2M installation. You can actually run this from a command prompt following these steps:

  1. Copy your G2M recording into the following folder: c:\Program Files\Citrix\GoToMeeting\320\ [For 64-bit operating systems, the path will start with c:\Program Files (x86)]. You should keep your filename short and without spaces.
  2. Open the command line. On Vista / Windows 7, click the Start button and in the search box type: cmd and press Enter; in Windows XP, click the Start button, select Run, and type: cmd and press Enter.
  3. Type: cd C:\Program Files\Citrix\GoToMeeting\320\ and press Enter. This should take you to the GTM directory. Remember to add “(x86)” for 64-bit systems.
  4. Type: g2mtranscoder source=GoToMeetingRecording.wmv (replace with the name of your GTM video).

Thanks go to the forum user who posted this solution – unfortunately, I didn’t bookmark the link after finding it with a Google search.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Autodesk Show Reel

Always an impressive compilation, the Autodesk show reel highlights some of the best visualization work of their customers. Check it out…

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

NYC BIM Event – March 2010

The next meeting for the New York City Revit User Group (NYC-RUG) is scheduled for March 18 beginning at 6:00 PM. We will be featuring a presentation titled “BIM and its Application to the Building Lifecycle.”  Our speakers will be Chuck Mies, LEED AP/Assoc. AIA, Richard Thomas, AIA/NCARB/LEED AP and John Aaron Phillips, LEED AP.  Chuck is BIM Solutions Executive with Autodesk who works on a national scale with university clients.  Richard and Aaron are with SHP Leading Design with headquarters in Ohio.  SHP was founded in 1901 and offers planning, architecture, interior design, engineering, construction administration and facilities management services.  They helped Indiana University develop their BIM Standards and Protocols and have also been featured in a recent Autodesk Customer Story.

Chuck, Richard and Aaron will discuss how owners are using BIM to face certain challenges within the building lifecycle and how the industry is poised to support these initiatives.  They will also talk about developing standards for BIM deliverables and use of contract documents such as AIA E202 (BIM Protocol Exhibit) and others.

For a complete presentation abstract and speaker bios, visit the NYC-RUG event calendar.

About the Event

This event is the first joint venture between the NYC-RUG and the NYC Metro BIM Group (a buildingSMARTalliance Interest Group).  Please visit either link to join one or both of the groups for event location and to RSVP if you plan on attending in person.  You can also register for the free webcast by clicking here.

AIA Continuing Education credits will be available for in-person attendees