Converting GoToMeeting, GoToWebinar, and GoToTraining Recordings to Web Ready Formats
If you have ever recorded a GoToMeeting, GoToWebinar, or GoToTraining event to use for video marketing you probably quickly learned that even if you choose the WMV format for recording, you can’t use the video on any online platform or even in post production products like Camtasia. Read below to learn how to fix this!
STEP 1. The first step is to make sure that when you record your webinar or meeting, that you set GoToWebinar to record and convert the event to a Windows Media Player file. (If you have past recordings that are recorded in the GoToMeeting format, click here for instructions on how to convert it.)
In your GoToMeeting/GoToWebinar preferences, select the following under Recording preferences:
This will ensure all future recordings will be in the WMV format. NOTE – your video will STILL not work with online video platforms or products like Camtasia due to the title slide placement. (if you have tried using Camtasia, you have probably experienced a stall at 2% while publishing).
STEP 2. Next download a free program called Any Video Converter. Click here to download.
STEP 3. Add the GoToMeeting codec to Any Video Converter. Even though GoToMeeting says it converts the recording to a WMV format, it creates a fairly unique version of that format that you can’t really use. Here’s how to add the GTM codec to Any Video Converter:
- Go to https://www1.gotomeeting.com/codec?Portal=gotomeeting.com and install the GoToMeeting codec.
- Go to C:\Program Files\Citrix\GoToMeeting\457 and copy G2M.dll to
C:\Program Files\AnvSoft\Any Video Converter\codecs (note, the GoToMeeting number might be 452 or 700 something)
STEP 4. Convert! Launch Any Video Converter and select Add File to add your recorded file. Now, if you have a long video file, there are considerations for the quality when uploading to an online video platform. It is often not recommended that you choose the highest quality because the file size will be too large for most viewers to download or stream without too much buffering throughout the webinar. We have found a happy medium to be as follows:
Your settings should match the above screenshot. Select a .mp4 output file format and match each of the rest of the video and audio settings. Note, the one metric that will dramatically affect your video quality (and file size) is the video bitrate. If 512 meets your quality needs, keep it as the higher the bitter the larger the file size (by a large margin).
That’s it! Convert your file and now you have a working .mp4 that can be used for video marketing, uploaded to Vipe, or imported into Camtasia for post production.