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Webex ARF Unplayable or Uneditable? Convert It to MP4 on PC/Mac

This post will show Webex users on how to convert ARF recordings to MP4, WMV, SWF or any other format.

Remote business is far more inconvenient before. But in the modern tech world, video conferencing programs (Webex, Skype for Business, Zoom) move it to a new level, among which Cisco Webex, with millions of users all over the world, is surely the most popular tool to hold easy webinar. To satisfy different meeting or training needs, Webex offers 3 recording types to help capture screen activity and audio online or offline. When using Network-Based Recorder(NBR) during any online session, user will get .arf-formatted video files saved on "My Recordings" personal folder.

Network Recording Player convert ARF to MP4

Since ARF, full name Advanced Recording Format, is a rare media format designed especially for recording, mainstream video players usually are unable to open it for viewing. But as one of the video formats output by Webex, it can be played or converted by another Webex-proprietary tool - Network Recording Player. Here's a simple workflow of how to convert ARF to MP4 with Network Recording Player.

Step 1- Download and Install
Free download Webex Network Recording Player on your Windows PC or macOS, and finish the installation by following the wizard.
Download NRP for Windows | Download for Mac OS X

Step 2 - Open ARF with Player
Launch the player on PC or Mac desktop and input source ARF file downloaded online from "My Recordings" into the program to play.

Step 3 - Choose MP4 to Convert
Click File -> Convert Format -> MP4 (MPEG4), and confirm more details like output file name, video quality level (High/Medium/Low), video audio codec to proceed. If everything is ok, you are free to decide where to convert ARF to MP4 now, or at a scheduled time.

Step 4 - Finish Conversion and Check MP4
The video conversion will work in the background while locating a conversion manager icon into the taskbar. You can click to view the progress. When receiving a conversion complete dialog box, you can directly open the MP4 video or click "Open Folder" to check it with VLC or any other media player.

Network Recording Player also supports transferring ARF to Windows Movie Video (WMV) and SWF flash video for playing, editing or uploading online. As a matter of fact, a majority of Webex users do convert ARF to MP4 or so for post production purpose, which means a single video converter and editor is far handier than the combination of Network Recording Player and video editor.


Best Video Processing Software to Convert Edit Webex ARF

VideoProc, one-stop video processing software, is capable of transcoding, editing, cutting, cropping, subtitling, speeding up (long HD) Webex ARF meeting or training videos at GPU hardware accelerated speed.

Output profiles: 420+ cover-all profiles including video formats and devices.
Versatile editor: cut, crop, split, merge, trim, rotate, flip, effect, watermark, video to gif, denoise, snapshot etc.

Note: Compared to online video converter and editor service, desktop software is more recommended for faster processing speed, and reliable safety to protect both your machine and meeting data.

How to Use VideoProc to Convert and Edit ARF to MP4 on PC/Mac at One Go

If you do often create high quality NBR ARF videos inside Webex meetings, sessions or events, and prefer do save them as MP4 format, please get VideoProc downloaded and set up on your Windows or macOS based computer. Once you download the ARF video onto local hard drive, open VideoProc for the video conversion or editing. Now just walk through the easy process.

Step 1 - Load ARF into VideoProc
Open and access to VideoPro's video control, where you can drag and drop source ARF or click "+ Video (Folder)" to choose ARF into it.

VideoProc Convert Edit Webex ARF

Step 2 - Convert and Edit ARF
Choose MP4 H.264 (recommended for its wide compatibility), MP4 MPEG4 or MP4 HEVC as target format by keeping original frame rate, bitrate etc., and then do specific video edits according to your needs. You1234 can enter into the "Edit Video" panel by clicking any edit icon shown right below the video information, or directly tap "codec Option" to navigate to.

You're free to do trim & cut operations, change video playback speed, adjust audio volume, add effects / subtitles / watermark into video here. In addition, the full-featured Toolbox empowers you to merge several meeting videos onto a single one, split a long ARF into small pieces, snapshot video to a defined number to use for culture promotion and more.

Step 3 - Output MP4 to Folder
Reset output folder or not, you can tap "RUN" now to fast output the MP4 file on computer.

VideoProc also features free downloading any Webex related videos from YouTube and 600+ online video sites, rip Webex ARF video into MP3 or other audio fomats.

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