Video Compression: What's To Know

Optimize your videos with the right compression presets

Updated over a week ago

Video compression can make or break your online courses.

Compressing your video is important to ensure a swifter experience for both you and your users. Over-compressing a file can, however, reduce the quality of your video file and therefore hurt your reputation.

To compress videos, we suggest you use Handbrake.

To ensure smooth processing and optimal performance, we recommend adhering to the following guidelines when uploading videos:

  1. File Size: Please upload videos with a file size not exceeding 3.16GB.

  2. Duration: Keep videos to a maximum length of 90 minutes.

  3. Quality: Ensure a minimum quality of 720p for best results.

Following these guidelines will help mitigate conversion failures and ensure a seamless experience for all users.

In order to optimize your videos for Workleap LMS, here are the compression specifications to keep in mind:


  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080p

  • Codec: H.264

  • Frame rate: 24p or 30 frames per second (progressive)

  • Variable Bit Rate: 6Mbits/sec maximum


  • Bit Rate: 320 kbit/sec

  • Sample rate: 48Khz (stereo)

Master the compression

After months of writing your content, hours of preparation, days of filming and a few sleepless nights to process your images, you are nearing the finish line. The only step left on your to-do list is to export your final edit for Workleap LMS.

Video compression is the last step before uploading your file onto your platform. Video compression is a crucial step in the video creation process.

As its name suggests, the primary intention is to reduce the size of the final file. The compression quality of your videos will have a direct impact on your project because smaller files are downloaded faster, save bandwidth, and load faster when read.

The challenge in your quest for the perfect compression is to have optimal compression without doing so at the expense of the visual quality of your files. If the video is too compressed, the file may lose detail, resolution, clarity, and more.

The majority of video editing software (like Adobe Media Encoder or Handbrake just to name a few) now offers pre-configurations to help you compress your videos in a simplified way. We therefore encourage the use of YouTube or Vimeo 1080p HD settings as the basis for compression.

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