How do I compress a video file for faster upload?

Document created by Vishal Sharma on Jan 10, 2017
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The blue progress bar sometimes keeps going long after the file has been uploaded. Since the student can't know what the progress actually is, they should not close out of the Upload Tool. Instead, they should wait for the email from with the subject "your file has been successfully uploaded and encoded."

Before uploading, students should compress video files.


If you are in iMovie, export your video using the lowest quality option. You can also change the video type to .avi or .qt for streaming.

Windows & Mac

Handbrake (

Open source, trusted, for Windows or Mac (rated "excellent" by CNET editors)

  • Review & Windows download:

  • Mac download



Freemake Video Converter

  • Review & Windows download:

EXCELLENT YouTube tutorial:

(students only need to watch from 0:35 - 2:42 and 5:49 - 7:40)


Compress using these settings:

File format: .mov or .mp4

Codec: H.264

Resolution: 640 x 360

Bitrate: (smaller is better – the drop-down should have choices)