For some it’s been a long time coming, but GoToMeeting (GoToTraining, GoToWebinar), has just added recording to the Mac client.
New customers who sign up now will automatically receive the latest version of software v5.2, existing customers simply need to log into their accounts online and update.
If you (an existing customer), do not see the update option, log into your account via this link.
Once this is done, all you need to do is start a Meeting, Webinar or Training to install the new version of software.
A new Record button is added to your control, simply click it to start and stop recording.
There are some basic recording settings added to the Preferences, such where save your recordings and when to convert them to MP4 format.
Once you have finished recording it needs to go through a conversion process before you can share it. You can select to have this happen automatically or you can convert your recordings manually at a time that works best for you.
As you may already know (or have just discovered), when you record a GoToMeeting, GoToWebinar or GoToTraining, a codec is applied to the WMV file. The codec is used to compress the size of the recording, but unfortunately it can get in the way when you try to edit the file.
The good news is that you can always remove the codec from your recording, here are the 3 methods:
Configure the GoToMeeting Recording Preferences to automatically remove the codec at the end of the session. This is handy because it’s an automatic process but the down side is it ties up your PC right after your session.
Use the free Expression Encoder from Microsoft as documented here to remove the codec and edit the recording. The benefit of this method is it lets you remove to codec whenever you want plus you can edit the recording. The downside is the free version of this application does not let you convert the recording from WMV to another format, but there are other free applications you can use to achieve this.
If you are having trouble with this method, it may be due to changes made in GoToMeeting v5.4. Please see this new post for a solution: http://glenndcitrix.wordpress.com/2013/02/22/using-microsoft-expression-encoder-with-gotomeeting-v5-4/
The 3rd method is actually a version of the 1st method, and comes to you via a very talented co-worker @GoToDane.
Dane has written a batch file that uses the built in transcoder installed with GoToMeeting, to remove the codec as it would normally do if you followed method 1. The benefit being you can do it whenever you want, rather than have it automatically start at the end of your session.
It’s quite straight forward:
- You simply download this batch file on to a Windows PC that has GoToMeeting installed on it.
- Drag-n-drop the WMV file onto the BATCH file.
- Enter the GoToMeeting build number and hit enter. To find out your build number simply right click the GoToMeeting icon in your System Tray and select About.
- GoToMeeting must be installed for the BATCH file to work.
- The BATCH file should work on 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7. It has been tested on Windows 7 x64, Windows Vista x86, and Windows XP x86.
- Trans-coding video is a big job, so exit all unnecessary applications on your computer before you start. If you computer is struggling for resources during the conversion process, it can result in corrupt files and trans-coding errors.
- Shorten the file name and remove any special characters, they can cause issues when trans-coding.
- Make a back up copy of the original recording, in case something goes wrong.
I would like to thank everyone who have left comments, and shared their own helpful tips!
Like many of you, if I buy something I want to use it the way I want and not just how I’m told. This plays a big part in my shopping decisions (especially when it comes to technology purchases), and leads to a lot of time spent researching before I buy. It’s also my inspiration for this post.
If you already use GoToMeeting you will be familiar with it’s features; like built in phone conferencing, the ability to share control of the keyboard and mouse for collaboration, drawing etc. With the addition of HDFaces you now also have the ability to share up to 6 web cams at a time during your meeting and actually see who is talking.
What you might not know, is that you don’t have to share your screen via GoToMeeting to use HDFaces and the conferencing! Just start you meeting, join the conference call and share your webcam. Add on the ability to control the size, shape and location of the HDFaces window and you’re left with plenty of desktop real estate for another application.
If you find that your meetings have a habit of being side tracked and lose focus, you might want to consider combining HDFaces with something like LessMeeting or Minutes.io
Or perhaps you need to take the collaborative drawing a little further with an online whiteboard solution like Dabbleboard, Twiddla or Conceptboard.
Ultimately you can mix and match your HDFaces video conferencing with anything you like!