How to Convert Webex Recording ARF to MP4 on Windows and Mac [Workable Methods]

Lynn Hu Lynn Hu
Nov 19, 2021 (Updated: Mar 15, 2023)Filed to: Convert Video

How do you share the recorded Webex videoconferences ARF files with others? Since the ARF format is a project file of Webex recording, which is not compatible with most of the media players, you have to convert ARF to MP4 beforehand. If you need to play the ARF files on Android and iOS devices, MP4 is the most widely used video format.

Webex has already updated the MP4 as the output format in the latest version, but you still need to convert ARF to MP4 for the previously recorded files. The built-in ARF to MP4 converter is only workable on Windows. When you are using a MacBook, you have to choose a workaround. Just learn more details from the article.

Part 1: How to Convert ARF to MP4 on Windows and Mac

The ARF file stands for Advanced Recording File, containing the recorded meeting conducted inside Cisco's WebEx application. You can only play and convert ARF files with Webex Player, or Network Recording Player on Windows and Mac. But the built-in ARF to MP4 converter is not available on the Mac version.

AnyRec Screen Recorder is the workaround to convert ARF to MP4. It not only capture the video with audio in the original quality but also enables you to tweak the recording area, add annotations, share the videos on social media websites directly. Moreover, there are some editing features to cut out the desired part of the meetings.

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Capture the ARF files to MP4, WMV, F4V, TS, AVI, GIF, and more other video/audio formats.

Adjust the video quality, video codec, audio codec, frame rate, and more for the recordings.

Add annotations, watermarks, lines, shapes, callouts, and take snapshots during converting.

Edit the converted MP4 with basic editing features, such as trimming the video and sharing the files.

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Step 1.Download and install Network Recording Player from Webex, launch the program and click the File menu to import the ARF you have saved. Once you have imported the files, you can watch the video file within the ARF file.

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Go to AnyRec Screen Recorder and choose the Video Recorder menu. Choose the Custom option to select the recording area for the Webex meeting. Enable the System Sound option only to capture the audio files from the meeting.


Make sure you have installed the built-in virtual audio drive if it is the first time to record the Internal audio on Mac.

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Step 3.To convert ARF to MP4, you can click the Gear icon to go to the Preference window. Select the Output tab and choose the video format as MP4. It enables you to adjust the video codec, video quality, frame rate, and more other settings.


Step 4.Click the REC button to save the ARF file as MP4. Once you have completed the recording, you can click the Stop button to save the video. Preview the video or even trim the desired part before sharing it with others.

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Part 2: How to Convert ARF to MP4 with Webex Network Recording Player

Cisco's WebEx has the meeting and player programs and has a recording converter that works for Windows. WebEx Network Recording Player helps convert ARF files to various formats, including MP4, WMV, SWF, and many more. Read the following to see how to use the WebEx Network Recording Player on a Windows PC.

Step 1.Install the WebEx Network Recording Player and open the program. Click the File button and choose the Open option on the upper part of the program's window. Browse the ARF file you want to convert, then open it.

Step 2.Click the File button again to select the Convert option. After that, you can choose the MP4 (MPEG-4) option. On the Save dialog box, choose the location to save the output MP4 file after conversion.

Step 3.It will convert ARF to MP4 automatically. Wait for it to get done, and then save it to your local drive. Although it may be convenient for Windows users, we cannot guarantee the best outcome after converting your file.

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Part 3: FAQs about How to Convert ARF to MP4


To conclude, you have learned why it is crucial to convert an ARF file to MP4. Although there may be a given program to convert it to others, not everyone is happy with the results using a tool like WebEx Player or WebEx Network Recording Player. If you cannot convert ARF to MP4 directly, AnyRec Screen Recorder is always the initial choice to record Webex video on Mac and Windows.

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