How to record webinars
What’s better than hosting a live webinar? Reaping the benefits from it long after the actual event is done, of course.
Yep, you heard it right. You can still get more from your live online event even after the “live” part is over.
How, you may ask? By using the webinar recordings for other purposes.
Here are a few ideas:
- an on-demand webinar video (people sign up or even pay to watch it)
- a video you can feature as content for blogs
- you can even try to get it to go viral on YouTube and other social media sites
But we’re getting ahead of ourselves—we can talk more about this later. Before you can go dreaming up other things you can do with a webinar recording, you need to know how to record first.
So, let’s explore that.
How do I record a live webinar?
Each webinar software will have a different set of steps detailing how to record an online-hosted event. In most cases, however, the steps for recording a video conference are the same ones you can use to record your webinar.
In this part, we’ll show you how to use RingCentral Video to record a webinar as an example.
Here are the steps:
- Launch a webinar using RingCentral Video. What makes RingCentral Video unique among different audio and video conferencing providers is that it doesn’t require webinar participants to download anything. (Most providers require participants to download their software or mobile app before they can join. That’s on top of having to register their information.) With RingCentral Video, participants just have to click on the meeting link to join from their browsers.
- Press the record button when you need to start recording. The placement of the record button can be different provider-to-provider. The record button on RingCentral Video looks like this and can be found on the horizontal bar near the bottom of the screen. Once you click it, it will turn to . That means it’s recording.
- Pause the recording as needed. You don’t want to include moments when you're encountering some issues like a bad internet connection or other technical difficulties in your video recording. Just click the button to pause the recording while you’re making the necessary adjustments. Then click to resume recording.
- Check your recorded minutes. You can easily check how long the video recording is running by checking out the horizontal bar near the bottom of the screen. If you're recording, you'll see a running timer near the meeting ID. That’s how long the recorded video is at the moment.
- End the meeting to end the recording. No need to press the record button, or any other button for that matter, to stop the recording. Simply end the conference, and the recording will also stop.
- Access the recording. After the virtual meeting has ended, the recording will be processed right away. You can check the status of its availability by logging into RingCentral Video. Once there, click on the Recordings tab and you'll see all your recordings. You can play it back or download an mp4 copy.
- Share it with the right people in your organization. If you don’t want to download the mp4 version of the video recording to forward it via email, you can share the video directly from your RingCentral Video account instead. Just click on the share button then a pop-up screen will appear where you can enter the names of your colleagues. They will be sent an email letting them know that the video recording is available.
There you go! You've successfully recorded a webinar and even shared it with some people in your company.
Even better, you can polish the mp4 file using video editing tools like Adobe Premiere Elements and Apple iMovie.
Now, let’s answer some frequently asked questions about recording a webinar.