Native Mac recording comes to GoToMeeting!

Native Mac recording comes to GoToMeeting!

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.

More secrets of GoToWebinar

More secrets of GoToWebinar

A while back I posted The secrets to a great Webinar, in which I covered some of the things you can do to prepare for your webinar to make it more successful.  Today I’m going to show you a couple of built in GoToWebinar features and how to get the most out of them.

Auto redirect Registrants to a URL of your choice.

The process of scheduling a GoToWebinar is pretty straight forward, so I’m going to skip right through to the last option.  This feature allows you to automatically redirect someone that registers for your webinar, to another URL.  The most obvious use of this feature is to direct the registrant to your product page or blog etc, whatever it is you plan to promote.  Some less obvious uses (but potentially more beneficial), are;

  • Automatically redirect registrants to a web page containing any special instructions, information they should be aware of prior to the webinar.
  • Redirect to your YouTube page (or similar), containing a video greeting letting them know you appreciate their interest and giving a quick highlight of what the stand to gain from actually attending.
  • Redirect to a page containing or linking to any relevant pre-reading/watching,  relevant information that will help them understand your webianr content better.
  • If you know you are going to have an international audience, provide a page with instructions in multiple languages.

Ultimately you’re only limited by your imagination.

Email Notifications

Once you have scheduled your GoToWebinar you have the ability to edit and make changes as well as personalize the Emails registrants will receive.

  • Log into your account, go to My Webinars and select the newly scheduled webinar. 
  • In the drop down box opposite Change Session Settings: select Email Notifications

On this page you have the option to Personalize the Confirmation, Reminder, Follow Up and even the Email sent to Registrants that failed to attend.  This gives you 4 more opportunities to  reinforce your message and provide information to your audience.

Of course as the old saying goes “Less is more”, so don’t go overboard as the result may be the opposite of what you desired.

Record GoToMeetings on your Mac using Screeny.

Record GoToMeetings on your Mac using Screeny.

I won’t lie to you, I found out about this great free application from Lifehacker one of my all time favorite blogs.  I’ve posted before about using QuickTime on your Mac to record your desktop and GoToMeeting sessions, it works but you’re forced to capture your entire desktop.

The release of a free new Mac App called Screeny now makes it even easier to record on you Mac.  Screeny gives you the ability to record part or all of your screen, plus automatic uploading of the QuickTime file when you finish.  It will record the audio from your Mic but depending on your Mac hardware you may still need to use a loop back cable to route the speaker audio to your Mic input, as detailed here in my original post.

Update 10/4/2011: It appears Screeny was only free for a day.  An alternative is Jing which has a free version or you can follow my original guide and use the built in feature of QuickTime.