mojoPortal Tips: Optimizing WebEx Videos to Use in mojoPortal

One of my clients uses WebEx to present real-time online classes for their customers. They’ve decided to expand their business model to include access to recordings of these online classes on demand. With mojoPortal’s new support for video, we were able to create a custom solution to allow registered viewers to watch these videos on the site. However, there are a few steps between what WebEx creates, and what mojoPortal will support – I’ll explain further below the jump.

The videos that can be saved from WebEx sessions are made available in a proprietary .arf format, which requires the installation of the WebEx Network Recording Player. Now it is possible to export these files through the Network Recording Player into a .wmv (Windows Media File) format, or a .SWF. The problem lies within the fact that the .swf format is split out into multiple files, and the .wmv format is proprietary to Windows, and thus not well-supported in browsers other than IE.

So: to get the videos in the best format, we had to come up with a two-step process in order to get the videos into a single-file format that works for all major browsers. Enter our saving grace, Any Video Converter – this freeware video converter will allow batch conversion of videos from a wide variety of input formats into a suitable output format, allowing you to select screen size, video/audio quality, and frame compression rates. I recommend experimenting with your outputs to find the settings that work best for your needs.

The video formats supported by the default mojoPortal video player are .m4v, .webmv, .ogv, .flv – you may need to experiment a bit to determine which format best suits your needs.

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