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How To Convert .WRF Files To .WMV, AVI, MP4, XVID, or MPEG

Someone sent me a WebEx webcast they wanted me to view this afternoon. The file had a .WRF file ending which stands for WebEx Recording Format which is one of the two file formats that WebEx webcasts are saved as. The other format that WebEx files are saved as is the ARF or WebEx Advanced Recording Format. Typically you could simply download the WebEx Player available by clicking here however you may want to convert this video, which requires the WebEx Recording Editor, to provide to others in a format they can view without having to install an application. It took me awhile to figure out how to convert this file properly since I only seemed to be able to find the older WebEx Editor versions. I finally signed up for a trial account and was able to download version 3 of the WebEx Recording Editor which allowed me to convert to WMV format and from that I was able to convert to any other video format including AVI, MP4, XVID, and MPEG. Follow the directions below to first convert the .WRF to .WMV and then the second set of directions if you want to convert to another video format.

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Canfield Imaging Systems: Backup VISIA SQL Database And Upgrade VISIA 4.2 To VISIA 5.0

One of my clients uses VISIA medical imaging software from Canfield Imaging Systems for various forms of medical research projects. They have had the VISIA software and imaging station for a year or more and recently needed to upgrade the software to take advantage of some new features available in VISIA 5.0. The client’s VISIA installation was at VISIA 4.2 so it required a major update to get to VISIA version 5.0. Upgrading the software is fairly easy but it is important to make sure you have current backups before the upgrade begins. Follow the directions below to first backup your the Microsoft SQL Server, backup the VISIA files, and then proceed with upgrading VISIA 4.2 to VISIA 5.0.

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Install Canfield Imaging Systems Mirror Software On Windows XP

A medical research company that I do some work for called me the other day to install a software package on one of their Windows XP computers called Mirror. The Mirror software suite was created by Canfield Imaging Systems which is a medical imaging software company. Typically the patented Mirror software suite isĀ used by aesthetic surgeons to show prospective patients a simulation of their potential appearance as noted on the Canfield web site. In this case my client typically uses a software package called VISIA which is also developed by Canfield Imaging Systems but doesn’t provide the easiest way to manage images outside of the software. In these studies dozens of pictures are taken of various angles of a patients face and VISIA will only allow you to export one image at a time as a JPG file or you can export the entire client as a .DIX file which I was only able to open with VISIA itself. Mirror allows you to manage the medical images in a much easier format including exporting numerous JPG’s at the same time. Below I describe how to install Mirror on Windows XP.

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Force Remove or Uninstall SlingPlayer Mobile for Windows SmartPhone

It is possible when attempting to uninstall SlingPlayer Mobile for Windows SmartPhone from your Windows PC that you will not be able to do so.

The initial error I received was the fact that ActiveSync was not installed. The details of the error are below.
ERROR: SlingPlayer Mobile For Windows Smartphone – InstallShield Wizard
ERROR: Microsoft ActiveSync is Not Installed. Please install Microsoft ActiveSync 3.8 or greater to continue Installation.