Compressing or converting a video

This guide will walk you through compressing your file to a smaller size and/or converting your file to a supported format. (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 directly.)

Recording in SD

You can save yourself the hassle of compressing your files by lowering the resolution on your recording device prior to recording. The resolution should optimally be set to standard definition (360p or 480p).

Please Note

If you are unable to upload your file after compressing it, you will need to connect to a faster internet connection, or you can transfer your file to a computer with a wired connection and upload from there.  For additional help with uploading, please see our troubleshooting uploads guide.

What computer/device are you using?

Compressing a video in Windows Photos

Windows 10 and 11 both include the free and very easy to use Microsoft Video Editor in the "Photos" app.

  1. To open this program, press the Windows button, type Photos, and hit Enter.
  2. Click "Video Editor" on the top left.
  3. Click "New video project".


  4. Name your video, and then click "+ Add" to add the file you wish to compress.
  5. Click and drag your video to where it says "Drag items from the project library here".
  6. From here, you can make any edits you want, but if you just wish to compress the file click "Finish video" on the top right


  7. Change the video quality to "Medium 720p", and then "Export".


  8. Pick the folder you wish to house your newly compressed video, and then click "Export". Then upload your newly compressed file to GoReact.
If you exported your file to 720p but GoReact tells you it's still too big, follow the steps above on your original file again but select 540p instead.
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