I regularly process presentation recordings and encode them into streaming formats. I have repeatedly run into the problem of the near impossibility of converting the gotomeeting WMV format. GoToMeeting seems to be able to record presentations in two variations: the first being their own proprietary WMV format and the second is standard Windows WMV format.
The latter is what is needed to easily convert the video file into various other formats, FLV included.
Take these steps to convert a given file from the GoToMeeting codec to a standard WMV.
- Go download and install the GoToMeeting Codec pack: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/codec?Portal=gotomeeting.com
- After installation, go find your installation folder. It’s usually something like “C:\Program Files\Citrix\GoToMeeting\”
- Now you want to locate the g2mtranscoder.exe and g2m.dll files — these are what actually do the conversion for you.
- Once you’ve located them, copy them somewhere that you can access easily. Take note of the full path of the files (ex. C:\Program Files\Citrix\GoToMeeting\g2mtranscoder.exe)
- Locate the video file you want to convert and take note of that file’s path (ex C:\My Documents\Videos\videofile.wmv)
- If you have Windows XP go to your start menu and then open the ‘run’ menu and type in “CMD” (without the quotes). If you have Windows Vista or 7 then go to your start menu and type “CMD” (without the quotes) into the search/run area at the bottom of the menu.
- Now you’ll have a command window where you will call up your g2mtranscoder using the path you took note of previously and the path of the video file:
Your command to execute should look something like this:
C:\Program Files\Citrix\GoToMeeting\g2mtranscoder.exe source=C:\My Documents\Videos\videofile.wmv
- This will run the g2mtranscoder.exe and use the video file as the source. Of course the names and locations of each of these may change depending on your system. It will overwrite the old G2M WMV with the new plain Windows WMV.
- You can now freely convert this WMV to other formats without the difficulty of G2m codec.
- You can check and see if it is complete my using Windows Task Manager to see if the process is still there. You can check task manager to see if the process is still running in the ‘processes’ tab. You’ll see the name of the exe in the list. If it shows up it is still running. It takes longer depending on the length of the video file.How to bring up task manager:
Press CTRL+ALT+DELETE click ‘Task Manager.
Right-click an empty part of the taskbar and click ‘Task Manager’.