Best practices for video file compression

Hi All,

When putting together a course with lots of video content, what are the best practices to follow to achieve a balance between good quality video without huge files which the learners may then struggle to download?

For example:  Previously, I created some lovely video content in very high quality because this is what we all want right? Well, this looked great in the course until we realised that anyone that wanted to take the content offline would need to download huge files.  The result was that we then played around with compressing the files and got something that worked but I was hoping that there may be some guidance for this.

Thanks for reading and helping! 

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Scott Wiley

I've found that running a high-quality video through Articulate Replay does a very good job at optimizing without having to try a whole slew of variations of audio/video bitrates.

Just start a new Replay file, import your video, and publish. One other hint - the only noticeable hit to quality was a slight dip in audio volume. So in Replay, select the timeline with your video on it and boost the volume to like 150%.

If you don't have Replay, you might look at Adobe Media Encoder and set up some pretty low ceilings to audio and video bitrates. Something like 1MB ceiling for both.

Good luck and hope that helps.