Convert and Compress Video Files

Sometimes doing bi group stuff throws up new challenges that you have to figure out. A recent one for me was how to shrink a video file so it was small enough to email or share online. I’d filmed a friend give a speech on the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia and didn’t realise my phone was capable of making such astonishingly large clips. Over 1GB for just a few minutes!!

Solution: Use this software called Handbrake.

How to guide

Good points: Free. Easy to use. Can convert your files to a universally playable format so people you send it to don’t have to download any software just to watch it.

Bad points: Files that are several GBs in size can take HOURS to compress and/or convert. It raises CPU usage to 99% so I can’t do anything else on my laptop at the same time. (But this might be because my laptop is very old!)

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