DearREADERS and webinar attendees,
THANKS to those courageous souls who ventured into my "Setting up a Webinar" webinar last night. Your questions showed a keen interest in pursuing webinars as an education tool for your organizations.
Ol' Myrt here discovered a VERY interesting anomaly, undocumented officially, but noted by GoToWebinar. I spent 45 minutes last night with tech support figuring out why I got a cryptic "TRANSCODING INITIALIZATION ERROR" the past two times I've recorded a webinar. (Earlier efforts were fine, the file transcoded perfectly after I ended the webinar, and everyone who has downloaded those files from my lulu.com store has been able to view the files.)
The result is that certain machines cannot read the file I've uploaded to lulu.com. This was seriously cutting into my revenue stream as I charge a nominal amount for the archived version of DearMYRTLE webinars to offset the cost of my GoToWebinar account.
HOW TO CAUSE THE PROBLEM
If one copies and pastes a webinar title (as I recommended during last night's webinar) when setting up a GoToWebinar.com event, your recording will fail to properly "transcode" (whatever that means!) I have copied and pasted from MS Word, where I create the text for my webinar description, etc. Unfortunately, Word has all sorts of additional code that goes along with a simple line of text that messes up the recording.
The fix for those "broken" files you have already recorded is found at http://support.gotomeeting.com/ics/support/default.asp?deptID=5641&task=knowledge&questionID=5289
AVOIDING THIS IN THE FUTURE
GoToWebinar recommends typing (not copying and pasting) the name of the webinar when creating a new webinar. A fellow webinar host suggests copying/pasting from Notepad as an alternative, but this wasn't mentioned during my tech support call last night.