Video Compression 101
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Video Compression 101

Your guide to compressing video files and making your videos stand out on the web and mobile devices.
3.6 (10 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
2,137 students enrolled
Created by Chip Dizárd
Published 10/2012
Price: $20
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  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Learn how to use free and high end video compression software
  • Create custom encoding profiles
  • How to take footage off VHS tapes and DVD's
  • Make your videos look better on YouTube and Vimeo
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  • No requirements are necessary
  • A computer and a willingness to learn how to format videos

In this Compressing Video File course, I give you an introduction into video encoding, codecs and video encoding software. The course is structured in three sections and the last section is all about solving problems. I have also included downloadable HD media so you can practice encoding.

Please view my other Udemy video courses

Check out my new Green Screen 101 course. And my site where all my tutorials are located Web Video Chefs.

Who is the target audience?
  • Every level
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Curriculum For This Course
Video Compression Overview
2 Lectures 07:24
In this lecture I give a brief overview of Frame rates, Data rates and bit rates and how it affects the quality of your video. 
Frame rates, Data rates and bit rates

Understanding video codecs is key to understanding video compression.  In this lecture, I share the most popular codecs and how choosing the correct codec is essential to your final video. 
All about Codecs
Video Compression Software
7 Lectures 45:50
In this lecture I show you how to use Toast Titanium to convert video to .mp4 format for upload to vimeo.
Toast Titanium 11

In this lecture I teach you how to use a free encoding software called MPEG Streamclip.  It can be used in a variety of ways. I show you how to encode HD footage for YouTube/Vimeo with the software.  Download it free at
MPEG Streamclip

Handbrake is free  software that allows you to encode video for various types of formats. It is cross platform and you can download it for free at

Adobe Media Encoder is a powerful encoding program that is cross platform and has many built-in presets available for use. In this lecture I introduce you to the program as I encode a video for an Android tablet.  Visit Adobe's web site to find out more about the software.
Adobe Media Encoder CS 6

Apple Compressor is a popular software choice because it works well with Final Cut Pro X and Motion 5.  In this lecture I show you how to use the software and to encode video footage for Apple TV.  You can find out more about Compressor by visiting
Compressor 4

Sorensen Squeeze is the professional's choice for media encoding. This is an expensive program, but I believe the power of this software lies within the community. In this lecture I encode video for the Kindle Fire as I download a preset that a Sorenson community member created.  To find out more about Sorenson visit them online at
Sorenson Squeeze

QuickTime Pro 7 is a program that is cross platform and can perform quick encodes. In this lecture I show you how to use it to export to many types of formats. To find out more about QuickTime Pro visit

QuickTime Pro
Solving Compression Problems/Bonus Material
9 Lectures 01:47
In this video I share how to format your video for an iBook and for use in the free iBooks software. 
How to format videos for iBooks Author Software

This tutorial was done by my partner Amani Channel and he goes over how to take footage off a DVD using MPEG Streamclip.  To find more of our videos visit
How to Rip DVD's using MPEG Streamclip

Sooner or later someone will ask you to convert  old footage from a VHS tape to a DVD or Hard Drive.  In this tutorial I will show you the steps and equipment needed to accomplish this task.

Equipment need:

  1. VCR (of course) but make sure the heads are clean and that it has RCA outputs.
  2. A video converter, I use Cannopus ADVC 110
  3. External Hard Drive-most will do, but VHS tapes can take up a lot of space.


  1. Connect the  RCA cables from the OUT of the VCR to the IN of the video converter
  2. On the video converter make sure it is engaged and on digital mode (my converter will light up)
  3. Connect out from the video converter to your Mac via firewire (400 or 800)

To view the photos visit my blog at

How to Covert a video from VHS Tapes

There are times that you want to add a watermark or timecode to your videos. In this tutorial I show how to complete this task by using Apple Compressor.

How to add a watermark to your videos

In this tutorial I show you my process for creating a timelapse video with a DSLR camera and by using QuickTime Pro.
How to create a timelapse video with QuickTime

I created this tutorial while I was a general manager at a public access television station so I could get SD 16:9 footage from the HD footage that was sent to me. For more of my video tutorials visit 
MPEG-2 Compression for SD 16:9 Television Broadcast

Download footage High Definition footage to compress.
Download HD Footage for Compression

Attached are links that are referenced in this series. 
Recommended Software and Web site links
1 page

Video encoding recipes for Vimeo/YouTube/Facebook HD Video. I also included a recipe for iPhone/iPad video. For more tutorials and exclusive encoding recipes visit 

Video Compression Recipes
1 page

In this lecture I take footage that was formatted in DVD Studio Pro as Video TS files and burn it to a DVD.
Burn DVD's using Toast
About the Instructor
Chip Dizárd
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Video Professional. Final Cut Pro X Level 2 Certified

Chip Dizárd is a Final Cut Pro X Certified Trainer  and entrepreneur with a passion for all things technology and media.  He graduated from Coppin State University in Baltimore, Maryland with a degree in Media Art/Communcation, and discovered his love for web design in 1999 after he created a web site for local nonprofit organizations in the Washington, D.C. area.

He’s helped numerous organizations build an online presence.  In 2002, he founded the new media firm Absolute Presence.  The company focused on web development, video production, and media consulting with a focus on serving government agencies, non-profits, and companies.

In 2002, Chip also co-founded, an online streaming portal where churches and ministries throughout the world can stream services live and on demand.

He also discovered a love for education, and after working as the General Manager of Baltimore City Public Schools Education Channel 77, he now teaches media production for the school district.

He now focuses on online delivery of teaching at his new web site  with his business partner, Amani Channel.