Introduction & Recommended Settings
“I’ve made my video, how do I get it ready for the web?”
This is a simple guide to compressing video for upload to the internet. Compressing just means to ‘make it smaller’ so the file is not so big, and it doesn’t take such a long time to upload/download. As technology improves, internet connections are getting better and faster, but at the same time, video files are getting higher in resolution and thus bigger, so compression is still a vital step in distributing your video on the internet.
Understanding this guide
Some of you will be quite familiar with video and/or internet technology, so many of the principles we are talking about will make sense. Those who have been filmmakers or video editors will understand a bit about video and audio files, and how they work.
But some of you will be new to all of this, if so then don’t worry, we have a Glossary of Terms that will explain the basic concepts covered in this guide as well as step-by-step instructions to compress video using Handbrake.