LaunchPad, Writer's Help 2.0 > How do I compress a video file for faster upload?

Document created by Digital Support on Aug 7, 2017
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Before uploading videos to video assignments, students and instructors should compress their video files. Below are basic instructions for compressing video on Mac and PC.


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)