Converting or compressing video for upload

How to convert a video using Shotcut
How to convert a video in Movie Maker
How to convert a video in QuickTime
Compressing a video on iOS
Compressing a video on Android

If you need to convert a video to a compatible format, or you need to reduce the video's file size so you can upload to GoReact, we have instructions below for both Windows and Mac.  (Please note that we are referencing these third-party programs as tools that should work for you, but we cannot provide any support for these products.)

Note: You can save the hassle of compressing your files by recording at standard definition (360p or 480p) on your device. See the Video recording checklist for details on specific device types. 


How to Convert a Video on Windows using Shotcut

  1. Download Shotcut here:  (Make sure to download either “64-bit Windows installer” or “32-bit Windows installer” depending on your operating system.  Don't click any other links or buttons.)
  2. Run the .exe file you just downloaded and install the program.
  3. Open Shotcut after it has installed.
  4. Click the Open File button, navigate to your video, select the file, and click open.
  5. Click the Export button, and change the settings as follows:


  6. Click Export File.
  7. Choose where you would like to save the new file (you should save as a new file and not overwrite the old one).
  8. A menu will open on the right-side of the program that says Jobs.  Wait for the file to say “Done.”
  9. Close the program and upload your newly converted file to GoReact.


How to convert a video in Windows Movie Maker

Microsoft has discontinued support for MovieMaker, but if you still have it on your computer, follow the steps below.  

  1. Open Windows Movie Maker.
  2. Click the "Add Videos and Photos" button and select your video file.
  3. Next, click the down-arrow part of the "Save Movie" button at the top right, so that you see a list of save format options.
  4. At the bottom of that list, choose "Create custom setting . . ." and enter the following settings:



  1. Click "Save" and then "Save" again to preserve your settings for future GoReact files, then "Close" after you’ve saved the settings.
  2. Now click the down arrow on the "Save Movie" button again. Select the GoReact settings that you just created. Name your file, choose .mp4 or .wmv as the file type and click "Save." Your new video file is now compressed and ready to go in the format you've selected!


How to convert a video in QuickTime player for Mac

(QuickTime is included with Apple OSX Mountain Lion. Run updates if you do not have it.) To find another video conversion program besides QuickTime Player, you can visit CNET's

  1. Double-click your movie file and it should open in QuickTime Player. (If not, open QT Player and choose "File > Open File" from the menu.)
  2. Choose "File > Export…" from the menu.
  3. Choose the "iPod Touch & iPhone 3GS" option.quicktimecompress.png
  4. Name your file, choose a location to save it, and click "Save." Your new video file is ready to go in MOV format!


Compressing a video on iOS

Starting with iOS 8, when you select a video for upload to a website in your mobile browser, your device will automatically compress the video for you prior to upload. You can also use the GoReact Recorder mobile app to select and post your video to your selected activity in GoReact.


Compressing a video on Android

If your video is too large or you'd like to compress it for faster upload, your best option is to transfer the video file to your computer and use one of the programs referenced above.  However, there are several third-party apps available for video compression.  Your mileage may vary and these apps are not supported by GoReact.  One option is called Video Converter Android. The settings shown here should work fine for compressing your video using this or other comparable apps.  You can also use the GoReact Recorder mobile app to select and post your video to your selected activity in GoReact.



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