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:

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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:

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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.

4 comments:

  1. That's awesome. Ecspecially given I was told by a G2M rep that it wasn't possible.

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  2. RHUB has meeting recording feature as well and there is nothing to convert afterward. Since the output file is an exe with a player built in. Its worth checking out it you have trouble getting the recording in the right format.

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  3. This was a lifesaver - thank you. I thought I was going to have to post an entire 1 hour video that required a codec... This worked though, thanks.

    Regards,
    Trevas

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  4. In case anyone needs to publish their GoToMeeting, GoToTraining or GoToWebinar recordings for on demand viewing, VIDIZMO provides a very comprehensive and affordable solution:

    http://blog.vidizmo.com/2011/01/06/publish-gotomeeting-recordings-for-on-
    demand-viewing-via-vidizmo/

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