HandBrake is a free and open-source video transcoder. It can convert video between a variety of formats as well as alter quality settings. If you're trying to upload a video to Moodle and it is too large, HandBrake can be used to greatly reduce the file size.
How to Reduce the Size of a Video File with HandBrake
- Open the Start Screen and type Handbrake.
- Launch the Handbrake application.
- Drag your video file into the Handbrake window.
- Under the Destination field, click Browse on the right.
- Choose where to save your new video file.
- In the right side of the window under Presets, click High Profile.
- In the HandBrake window, click the Video tab.
- Under Constant Quality, move the slider to the left to 25.
- Higher values will result in a smaller file, but you will lose more quality in your resulting video. The 23 setting is a good start.
- If your video is still too large after transcoding, try a higher value.
- If your video's quality is very poor after transcoding, try a lower value.
- Under Optimise Video, move the x264 Preset slider to the right to Very Slow. Set the encoder profile to High.
- This option increases the resulting video's quality, but causes the conversion to take longer.
- Click the Start button near the top of the window.
- Wait while your video is converted. Depending on the length of your video this can take a very long time. Progress information is displayed at the bottom of the window.
- When the conversion is complete, the words Queue Finished will be displayed at the bottom of the window.
- Open the converted video you created. Verify that the video size, video quality, and audio quality are acceptable. If not, tweak the Constant Quality setting mentioned above and repeat the transcoding process.