Optimizing your FitVID videos

Before you upload videos to FitVID, optimize them by using a video transcoder to encode the original video files. Encoding your video will create a new video file that is smaller than the original, but with the same video quality. This makes it easier for you to ensure your videos remain under the file size limit for FitVID, and reduces the data usage for clients who watch them.

We recommend using HandBrake, an open-source video transcoder, to optimize your videos. You can download HandBrake here.  Once you have downloaded and installed HandBrake, follow the steps below to optimize your video files for FitVID.

NoteIf you use Microsoft Windows, you will be prompted to download and install Microsoft .NET Runtime when installing HandBrake.

NoteFor more information about HandBrake, refer to HandBrake documentation.

To convert a video using HandBrake:

  1. Open the HandBrake software.
  2. In HandBrake, open the video you want to encode using one of the following methods:
    • In the Source Selection menu, click File, find and select the video file, then click Open.
    • Drag and drop the video file onto the HandBrake window.
  3. In the Presets field, select Fast 1080p30.
  4. Adjust the encoding settings as follows:
    1. Under the Summary tab, in the Format settings, select the Web Optimized checkbox.
    2. Under the Dimensions tab, in the Size settings, ensure that the width is set to 1920 and the height is set to 1080.
  5. At the bottom of the HandBrake window, beside the Save As field, click Browse.
  6. Choose a location for your new video file, ensure that the file name for the new video is correct, and then click Save.
  7. At the top of the HandBrake window, click Start Encode.
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