Digication has a 20MB file size limit for each individual file uploaded to your e-Portfolio. Most file types will not hit this limit. Video files are some of the few that can, and often do, go well past this limit. This guide will walk you through the process of reducing the file size of your video for upload.

For reference a 7-8 minute presentation (typically around 50-100MB) will often be brought under the file size limit using this walkthrough.

Please keep in mind that reducing the file size is done mostly by reducing the quality of the video. If you want to maintain your video quality use a hosting service, such as youtube, and embed that video into your e-Portfolio.

What you will need:

  • Windows Media Maker(WMM)
  • A video file
  • Time – Video encoding is not a fast process

Steps:

  1. Open up WMM – All of your work is done mostly on this one screen. To begin with you’ll want to add your video file to the program for editing. To do this press the “Add videos and photos” button along the home ribbon.
  2. Locate the video file – Search your computer for the video file you want to reduce the size of. When selected the filename will be displayed under the “filename” box. Click “Open” to load the video into the program for editing. Depending on the size of the video it might take some time before editing is possible.
  3. Create a new movie setting – If you’ve done this one before on a personal computer, move to step 4.
    • Select “Save Movie”
    • Select “Create custom setting”
    • Use the below settings for your new configuration. The main area to be concerned with is the bitrate, which roughly translates into the quality of the video. A video bitrate of 270 is approximately equal to the quality of a video conferencing application.MM_5
    • Save the new video profile
  4. Select “Save Movie” and choose the setting you created in step 3.
  5. Save the file as a windows media video – The actual file creation/conversion may take some time. The faster it goes the smaller the video file generally will turn out.

If these step don’t get you under the limit you can switch to using a hosting solution (Youtube), adjust the bitrate below 270, or see if our lab staff can help you.

If these step don’t get you under the limit you can switch to using a hosting solution (Youtube), adjust the bitrate below 270, or see if our lab staff can help you.