We previously published an article on how to convert .WRF and .ARF files generated from WebEx presentations to .WMV format to be viewed without requiring the WebEx Player. Since many people have iPhone’s, iPod Touch’s, and use Mac’s running OSX it makes sense to follow up on that article and show how to take the .WMV files to .MP4 format so it can be synced to your iPhone or iPod Touch or simply played in QuickTime on your Macintosh computer. Follow the directions below to convert the WMV file, which was generated from a WRF/ARF file in this article, to MP4 format.
Convert WMV Files Generated From ARF/WRF Files To MP4 Format:
The below steps assume you have already converted the ARF or WRF file into WMV file format as explained in this article.
- Download Any Video Converter: First download Any Video Converter from download.com by clicking this link. The file downloaded will be avc-free.exe which is the Any Video Converter installer.
- Install Any Video Converter: Once avc-free.exe has been completely download double click on it to begin the installation process which will launch the Any Video Converter Install Wizard similar to the below image.
Click the Next button to continue installation of the Any Video Converter software which will allow us to convert the WMV file generated from the ARF/WRF WebEx files to MP4 format. The next screen in the AVC install wizard will be the AVC License Agreement as shown in the below image.
After you understand the AVC License click the radio button next to “I Accept The Agreement” and then click the Next button to proceed to the next screen in the AVC setup wizard. On this next screen, which is displayed below, you can use the default Destination Location for the application to be installed. Click the Next button to proceed.
After selecting the Destination Location you will be required to verify the title of the Windows start menu addition which will be added during the installation. Again the defaults should be fine as shown in the below example image. Click the Next button to continue.
The next screen in the Any Video Converter install wizard will simply ask about a desktop icon. If you want a AVC desktop icon then do not remove the check however if you do not want a AVC desktop icon then remove the check and then click the Next button to proceed. After deciding about the desktop icon you will be asked if you want the Bing Toolbar installed during the AVC installation. I would suggest you select the radio button next to “Do Not Install Bing bar” as shown in the below image and then click the Next button to continue.
The next screen during the AVC install process will be a review of the settings selected during the above steps. If all of the configuration settings are correct click the Install button to begin the AVC installation. Depending on the type of computer you have it could take a couple minutes to complete the Any Video Converter installation. Once it is completed a screen similar to the below will display. Make sure you have “Launch Any Video Converter” checked and then click the Finish button to launch AVC.
- Launch Any Video Converter: If AVC did not launch after installation or you already had Any Video Converter installed then please launch the application from the start menu. Once the application is launched it will look similar to the below.
- Modify AVC Video Profile: Once the application is launched as shown in the above image you will need to modify the video profile. Any Video Converter comes with many different video profiles such as Mobile Phone MPEG-4 Movies, Flash Video Movies, Flash SWF, DVD Video NTSC Movie, DVD Video PAL Movie, MPEG-1 Movies, MPEG-II Movie, and many more. Technically you could convert the WMV file, which was originally the ARF/WRF WebEx file, to many different formats but for this example we will be converting the WMV file to MP4 using the Mobile Phone MPEG-4 Movie profile. The video profile used to generate the MP4 file is displayed selected in the below example image.
- Add Video To AVC: Now click the Add Video button located near the top left corner of Any Video Converter which will open up a Windows Explorer window for you to locate the WMV file you want to convert to MP4. Click on the WMV file to add it to Any Video Converter as shown in the below image.
- Convert WMV To MP4: Once the video is loaded as shown in the above example image you can start encoding the WMV file to MP4 by clicking the Convert button. Once the conversion begins you will see the status to the right of the video within Any Video Converter as shown in the below example.
- View MP4 Video: When the status in the above example image gets to 100% then the WMV video has been converted to MP4 and can be picked up in the “Any Video Converter” folder in your My Documents folder. The below path would be for the user “webex” on Windows 7 but this may vary slightly for each version of Windows.Default Any Video Converter Converted Videos Folder Path:
C:\Users\webex\Documents\Any Video Converter
Once inside the Any Video Converter folder there will be sub folders such as AVI, MPEG, or MOBILE_MP4. In this example our converted video will be located in MOBILE_MP4 so enter that folder and double click the video to verify that it plays correctly. You can always go back and modify the video profile to see if you can get a higher resolution, etc.
- Transfer To iPhone/Ipod Touch: Plug in your iPhone or iPod Touch to the computer you converted the video on. Now open iTunes on your computer and drag the video file located in step 7 into the Movies folder of your iTunes Library. Make sure that Movies are set to sync all Movies from the iTunes Library to the iDevice. After the device has synced with the computer the video file should be available to view on your iPhone or iPod Touch as shown in the below image.
Now you can view the WebEx presentation, which was an ARF/WRF file converted to WMV and then converted to MP4, by opening the iPod on your iPhone or iPod Touch and clicking on the movie.