Tips for Compressing Video Files

If you are submitting a video through the online application system, it must be a *.WMV file no larger than 75 megabytes (MBs).

If you are using a Mac and need to convert your video to a *.WMV file, Zamzar ( is a free online video conversion site that converts many file formats to *.WMV. This website also converts document files to PDF files. However, this site does not compress video files once they are converted to *.WMV.

If you need to compress your video file, here are some resources to help.

If you are using Windows Movie Maker, use this MakeUseOf article or this eHow article for guidelines on compressing video files. At the "Save Movie Wizard" step,  first try the "Other Settings" choice of Video for broadband (512 Kbps); if the file is still too large, try again with the Other Setting choice of "Video for broadband (340 Kbps)."

For Windows Live Movie Maker, follow the directions in this PDF, which should result in about s 5.4M/Min compression rate.

This video provides a few general tips on compressing video files:

If you are using a Mac, the video below may be useful. When finished, your video may contain a watermark, which is acceptable and will not affect the judging process.

This video may also be useful: 

If you are using Safari as your browser on a MacBook, here are two plug-ins that allow you to view your WMV file once it has been converted - either of these should work: Flip4Mac and Windows Media Components for QuickTime by Flip4Mac.

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