With WebinarGeek it’s possible to broadcast automated webinars. An automated webinar is a pre-recorded webinar that’s broadcasted as if it were live, Yes, you read that right, as if it were live.

Attendees will experience a live webinar, while in reality they’re watching a recording. You as the host can kick back and relax during the broadcast. However, it is possible to directly answer viewer questions in the chat.

There are two options to create a new automated webinar, below we’ll explain them both.

Live webinar to automated webinar

When you want to use a live webinar recording in WebinarGeek, you can easily "Create" it as an automated webinar.

To do this, click on the live webinar and choose "Options" > "Create automated webinar" or the broadcast you’d like to convert to an automated webinar and next, click on “Convert webinar”.

A new webinar will be created, the video, registration page, interactions, presentation and video injections will all be copied. The only thing you need to do is set the date and time.

The interactions and slides you’ve used during the live webinar will be started in the automated webinar on the same moment. You can change the timestamps for the interactions, as well as plan new interactions.

As soon as you click on "Create automated webinar" you’ll get an overview of the data that will be used.

Here you have the option to copy the registration link of the live webinar. When you no longer use the registration page for the live webinar, you can use the link for the automated webinar. There would be no need to share a new link.

Please note: the live webinar is no longer the destination for this registration link, because we’ll add ‘-old’ to the registration link URL string.

Create new webinar and select/add a recording

In the main menu, click on "+ New webinar" to create a new webinar. Select automated webinar, give the webinar a title and create a broadcast schedule Next, create the actual webinar.

After having created the webinar (by clicking on "Create webinar") you’ll continue to the next step of the webinar wizard. You have the following options:

Use external video

At the top of the webinar wizard, click on "Webinar", at "Webinar video" you have the option to add the webinar recording, this can be a YouTube or any other URL, as long as the file is .MP4 format (preferable using x264 video and AAC audio).

Paste your URL at "Webinar video" and don’t forget to click "Save". Click here or more information about using external videos.

Please note: Always test the recording by clicking on "Test the webinar" after recording in the webinar dashboard.

Use live webinar recording

You can also choose to use a live webinar recording. At the top of the webinar wizard click on "Webinar". Select a live webinar at "Use live recording" and remember to save.

Interactions and the presentation you used during the live webinar will be taken over, just like during the creation of an automated webinar.

Please note: Always test the recording by clicking on "Test the webinar" after recording in the webinar dashboard.

Change existing live webinar to automated webinar

You have scheduled a live webinar, but the presenter is not available at the scheduled time. What you can do is change your live webinar to an automated webinar. To do this, follow the steps below.

Click on edit webinar > General. Under Live you see ‘Edit’. Click Edit > Adjust webinar type > Save. Make sure to also add the recording to your automated webinar. Click here for the instructions.

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