1/29/10
8:09 am

Forum Question: Mac Friendly Webinars

Has anyone had experience giving webinars using a Mac?

I used GotoWebinar once and it worked OK, except that the codec used for recording was only available for Windoze.

Wanting to be able to record the webinar for later playback.

— Millard Grubb

Comments: 10 Responses to “Mac Friendly Webinars”

    Ian Thomas
    1/29/10 @ 8:11 am

    I use Webex…….

    Bryan Guffey
    1/29/10 @ 8:17 am

    Use dimdim. It’s free, stable(mostly), and allows recording on both platforms!

    Elaine Giles
    1/29/10 @ 10:08 am

    I deliver or attend on average 25 to 30 webinars a month and I personally use Adobe Acrobat Connect. I find it feature rich, stable and very flexible. It not only allows recordings to be made but also edited before being shared. While Connect itself is not free you can use the majority of the features of Connect via a free Acrobat.com account.

    I’ve only used DimDim once and then only as an attendee but it seemed to do it’s job.

    Another alternative is Yugma. I used this a while back and the graphic quality was amazing. Back then there was no option for audio but it seems they have plans including audio now and Yugma has a free plan too – http://www.yugma.com/

    Personally I’d love to hear about Ian’s WebEx experience as WebEx has crashed for me at least twice during every presentation I’ve attended via my Mac and other attendees report the same problem at the same time. The host of those conferences said WebEx are aware of issues using it on a Mac and are investigating.

    Good luck!

    Elaine

    Jason Nassi
    1/29/10 @ 11:03 am

    My company has a corporate GoToMeeting/GoToWebinar account, so that’s what I find ways to use on my Mac. Delivering the webinar from the Mac is pretty much fine with GoToWebinar, unless you want to record it. When I want to record, I’m stuck firing up VMWare to go into Windows, and recording from within the Windows version of the GoToWebinar client.

    Peter Nachtwey
    1/29/10 @ 10:45 pm

    I use GotoMeeting for multi people webinars and Skype for one on one. The recent versions of Skype allow the presenter to share all or part of his screen. There is a bug in the Mac version. The mouse cursor position is not shown so you can’t simply point to a point on the screen with a mouse, you must describe where you are pointing. I prefer to have a camera so I can see the audience. I read faces. It gives me a clue if the audience is following what I am saying.

    Millard
    1/30/10 @ 4:02 am

    Thanks to everyone.

    I’ll investigate. The main thing I want to do is able to record and then, playback at a predetermined time.

    I do like the fact that GoToWebinar has so much info about those attending… but as mentioned, cannot record on a Mac unless using an emulator.

    Any other tips would be appreciated greatly.

    Millard

    Annie Betteridge
    2/24/10 @ 4:02 pm

    I have tried a few other programs outside GoToWebinar because I, too, use a Mac and want to record. What I have resorted to is recording with Camtasia when I do a webinar. I can easily edit right when the webinar is over and it takes about as much time for camtasia to share my video with ScreenIt as GoToWebinar takes to process the recording on a PC, so it’s about equal.
    Good Luck.
    Macs are the best!

    Barbara
    4/1/10 @ 12:51 pm

    Has anyone used Bootcamp or Virtual PC to load Windows on a MAC and then run Go to Webinar? Are you then able to successfully record?

      4/1/10 @ 1:51 pm

      I’ve never done it, but I’d be surprised if it didn’t work — especially using Boot Camp, which means your Mac is almost exactly the same as a PC. But why not use the Mac version? I thought all “Go to” products worked on OS X as well as Windows.

      NBurris
      5/2/10 @ 10:35 am

      Yes – I have recorded using Bootcamp and GoToWebinar. I do it all the time. It works great. I also sometimes just invite a Windows user as an organizer and get them to record it.

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