How to Record a Webinar

Learn how easy it is to record a webinar with GoToWebinar.


Watch how to record a webinar

Choosing a good platform for recording a webinar can be difficult. But it’s worth the effort. By offering your recordings as on-demand webinars, you can expand your reach, deliver value and generate leads long after the live event has ended. In GoToWebinar, recording a webinar is quick and simple. Here’s what you need to do as the presenter to record your webinar.


Setting up your webinar recordings

Before the webinar begins, you can easily manage how and where GoToWebinar records your webinars:

1. Access your settings.
Sign in to GoToWebinar. Don’t have an account? Start a free trial. Next, select Settings in the menu and then click on the Recording tab.

2. Enable auto-recording.
If you’d like recording to start automatically when you begin the webinar broadcast, select On under the “Auto-record” section. (If you want auto-recording on specific webinars only, head to the Manage Webinar page and click Edit under the “Auto-record” section.)
3. Select where recordings are saved.
Choose the “My Recordings” option to automatically save your recordings to your online account in the My Recordings page. Or, choose the “raw file” option if you prefer to save your recorded sessions on your local hard drive.

4. Add webcams to recordings.
Check the Include webcams in the recording box if you’d like to capture the shared webcams in addition to the screen-sharing content and audio. Note that this option is only available for online recordings. It also increases the file size. Select Save.

How to start a webinar recording in session

In case you decide to leave automatic recording off, here’s how to do it manually:

Step 1. Start your session.
While in session, start the broadcast and share your screen.

Step 2. Set up your recording.
GoToWebinar has recording abilities built in so there is no need to download an external screen recorder. Simply click Start Recording (Windows) or Record (Mac) at the bottom of the Screen Sharing pane. This will begin the recording of your screen. If you’re recording locally, you’ll need at least 5 GB of available hard drive space.
Step 3. Stop your recording.
When you’re finished, select Stop Recording in the Screen Sharing pane. It is that easy!

Step 4. Convert your files if needed.
If you’re using local recording instead of online recording, convert the file using the Recording Manager after the session ends.

Easy-to-use interface for hosting webinars

GoToWebinar makes managing webinars simple so you can focus on nailing your presentation.


All you need to do is fill out a form. Once you’ve entered your webinar’s details, GoToWebinar will create a registration page and an invitation email that you can use to get people signed up.


Hosting a webinar is easier than you think. You can present from your computer just as if you were actually there in the room with everyone else. Engage with attendees through Q&A, HD video conferencing, surveys, polls and more.


The ease of GoToWebinar allows you to deliver engaging webinars frequently. That means you can get your message out to bigger audiences, resulting a greater return on investment.


Scheduling pre-recorded webinars

Once you know how to set up a live webinar, take advantage of other useful features in GoToWebinar like Simulated Live.

Automate everything.

Simulated Live simplifies the webinar experience by automating the entire event. Your webinars can run themselves without you even having to be there!

Reuse your recordings.

To use Simulated Live, just select Simulated Live when you schedule a webinar in GoToWebinar. Pick the recording you want to use, schedule it to auto-play (or make it available on demand) and then sit back and relax.

Turn your old webinars into a source of new leads

Have a webinar that performed well? You can add GoToWebinar recordings to your own Channel page on GoToStage to reach new audiences and generate more leads.

Put your webinars to work.

GoToStage is the all-access video platform for actionable business content that professionals crave but can’t find anywhere else. For your brand, it’s an opportunity to reach the 60 million professionals who join GoToWebinar events each year. It might just become your new favorite channel for generating awareness and leads.

Publish recordings with a click.

Everything you add to your Channel will automatically be published on GoToStage. (You can always hide your Channel if you’d prefer to keep your content off GoToStage.) To add recordings to your Channel, you have to prepare them first. Once a recording is ready, you can share the link or publish by clicking the “Add to Chanel” button. That’s it!

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