Webinars allow you to view audio and video presentations over the Web. Webinar presenters use this technology to provide remote training, customer assistance and even entertainment. Because live webinars are one-time events, after one ends, you have no record of the presentation. By recording a webinar as it happens, you can save the event, review it later and even share it with others. Several software companies create programs that allow you to capture live, streaming webinars and save them to your hard drive.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Visit the Applian technologies website and review the Replay Video Capture utility. This program lets you to record any video that appears on your computer screen. It has a simple user interface that allows you to begin recording quickly by clicking the "Record" button. If you are watching a webinar as it takes place, you can click "Pause" to pause the recording if needed. Replay Video allows you to save recording in multiple formats including MPEG-2 and Windows Media. To try the software, click the "Download" button at the top of the home page.
Navigate to the TechSmith website, and click the "Downloads" button to download the Camtasia Studio program. Camtasia Studio is a full-featured screen capture program that also records anything that appears on your computer screen. Simply launch the program when the webinar starts, click "Record," and then click "Stop" when the webinar ends. You can save the recorded file or use the built-in video-editing features to customise, trim and edit the webinar.
Visit the Sameshow website and click "Free Trial" to download their "Wondershare DemoCreator" application. This program can capture a live webinar and publish it on video sharing sites such as YouTube. You can also convert the recording into a Flash movie that will play on any computer that has the Adobe Flash plugin. The Wondershare DemoCreator also has an editor that allows you to edit a webinar after recording it.
Tips and warnings
- When recording a webinar, choose a video output format that suits your needs. If you wish to conserve hard drive space, save the recording in a compressed format such as MPEG-2 or WMV. If you prefer higher quality video, choose a format such as AVI instead.
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