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Compressing your video using VidCoder(Window), Handbrake(Window/Mac) and how to submit your assignment

*Your video will only need to be compressed if it is OVER 100MB. If you are a Windows user you will need to use VidCoder. If you are a Mac user you will need to use Handbrake to compress your video*

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Compressing your video using VidCoder - Windows User:

Step 1: Download appropriate pre-setting .xml file.

Before you can compress your video you must download one of the below .xml documents. Once you have downloaded the VidCoder software, as per Step 2, you will need to upload this document to ensure your final video has the correct settings.

Special Note: the .xml document is a configuration file.

a. Find which document you will need from the list below:

Assignment10.xml → For 20 Minutes and under recordings  Creates File size less than 50MB

Assignment20.xml → For 30 Minutes and under recordings  Creates File size less than 70MB

Assignment40.xml  For 31 to 50 Minutes recordings  Creates File size less than 100MB

Assignment60.xml  For 51 Minutes and over recordings  Creates File size less than 200MB

b. Select which .xml you will need from the list above, Right click on the link, then select Save Link As... from the pop up window as per the image below:

c. Save the document onto your computer in a location where it can be easily found. 

Step 2: Download VidCoder software

a. There are two versions of VidCoder; one is for less powerful computers - 32bit, and the other is for more powerful computers - 64bit.

Special note: If you attempt to download the 64bit version and it fails this likely means you are on a 32bit computer and will need to download the 32bit software.

Both versions can be found and downloaded via the links below:

VidCoder 32bit

VidCoder 64bit

b. Once the download is completed. Open and run the install. (The downloaded file can be found in the download folder. Please follow the install wizard to continue the installation.)

c. A VidCoder icon below will appear on the desktop  after the installation is completed. Please click the icon to start the program.


Step 3:  Upload the appropriate XML pre-setting file (See Step 1) to VidCoder:

a: Select the Tools button

b: Select Import Preset from drop down:

c: Select appropriate pre-setting XML file (see Step 1 for details and download instructions) from your computer and click Open


d) Click Ok on the confirmation screen:

Step 5: Back on the VidCoder main screen. click Video File, browse and select your video file and click Open. The selected video file will be listed on the right hand column of the Vidcoder screen.



Step 6: Next, click Browse button beside the Destination field and choose where to save the converted video file (example the Desktop).

Note: We recommend to rename the converted file that you will be able to easily recognize and find. To rename the file simply click the “pencil” icon next to Browse button.



Step 7: Compress and save your video onto your computer.

Click Encode to begin convert. If the "Encode" button is grey out, please repeat steps 5 and 6.



A progress bar on the bottom will show the status of converting process. The converting process may take a bit time to complete depending on the video file size.



Compressing your video using Handbrake – Window/Mac users

Note: If you don't have Handbrake install, please go to and download the installer.

The install

Window: Double click the installer file and follow the prompts.


Mac: Extract HandBrake-1.1.0.dmg and drag the extracted file into application folder.



Compressing video files

1. Run HandBrake, click "File" or "Drop" the video file into application.

Note to Mac users: If you received the message below mean it required to grant access to run HandBrake. Please go to Security & Privacy> Allowapps downloaded from> "HandBrake" click "Open Anyway" to allowing open on Mac OS.

2. Click "Browse" and select where you want to save the compressed file. (Example Desktop)