“Ugh! Don’t tell me that I have to record this thing again!”
We totally get that feeling. For many of us, it’s hard enough getting a decent selfie, let alone recording a video we can stand watching. Unless you’ve got a shrink-ray device stored in your back pocket, we’ll have to go the old-fashioned, technical route to get this one solved!
- Steps for Mac
- Launch Quicktime Player.
- Browse to the location of your video.
- Click File, and then highlight Export with your mouse.
- Select a lower resolution for the video, such as 720p or 480p.
- Pick an easy-to-find location, and save the video.
- Download Handbrake (free)
- Handbrake can be found at https://handbrake.fr/downloads.php
Note: This is a free download. You should not have to pay for it under any circumstances.
- Once you open Handbrake, you will see a few preset options along the right-hand sidebar. These presets will make things much easier, we promise!
- Open your video file by clicking Open Source and browsing to where it is saved on your computer.
- The default preset (in this case, Fast 1080p30) should do a nice job of compressing most video files down to a size which can then be uploaded without error.
- If you still get an error, you may need to select another option, such as 720p30.
- Under Destination, click Browse… and select a location to save the finished file.
- Give the green Start button (up near the top) a click. This should only take a minute or two. Now’s a good time (and excuse) to grab a coffee.
- Once it’s done, you can then upload and attach this new (and smaller!) video file to your background.
Before we started, our original video was too big to be uploaded. Now, we’ve got that down to a much more manageable size, and it’s ready for prime time!