About Raw Video

Per Concordia's policy on data storage on the network drives, raw uncompressed video should not be loaded on the H, I or J drives. Thankfully, compressing your video down to a reasonable file size is quite simple, and can be done easily at home or from the campus computer labs. In this article, we will learn a method for compressing the video. There are many ways to accomplish this and the program and steps used in this video is not the only method you are allowed to compress with.

If your coursework or job function requires you to store raw video, ITS asks that you save that information to an external harddrive.

Compressing Video

Follow the steps below to compress your video using Windows Movie Maker.

1. Open Windows Live Movie Maker (if you are not on a computer with Movie Maker installed, you can download it for free from Microsoft HERE).

2. Click the Add videos and photos button, and navigate to your video file. Movie Maker will load your video - this may take a few minutes, depending on how large your original video is.

3. When your video is finished loading, go to the file menu and click on Save Movie. A submenu will open with several options for saving; pick whichever option best describes your desired end result - viewing in 1080, on a computer, to burn on a CD, email, etc.

You can also set and save a customized option. Scroll to the bottom and click Create custom setting.

A new window will open, from which you can adjust various aspects of your final video. You should be given an estimate of what the final size of your file will be: in the example below, a 5 minute video will be around 200mb when finished.

Click Save to save your custom setting; it will now appear in your list of Save Movie options. (Note for lab users: this will not be a universally recognized setting. If you create a custom setting, you'll need to use the same lab computer and same login to see it.)

4. Name your file and choose a destination. If you are on a campus computer, you can save directly to your desired network folder. Otherwise, you can save the file to a neutral location and click and drag it into the network drive folder later.

5.Once you've chosen where your file will go, Movie Maker will convert and compress your file. The time this takes will be determined by how large a file it is; if you have a long video and a low rate of compression, it will take longer than a short clip.

6.When Movie Maker finishes, you will see this image. Your final file will be in .WMV format, which can be played by most standard PC and Mac video players (Windows Media Player, Quicktime, PowerDVD, VLC, etc.)

Video Tutorial

Prefer guided video instructions? Watch the video below!


If you would like additional training or are having issues saving to the network drives, contact the Tech Center at support@cu-portland.edu.

Additional Resources

Using Vado HD cameras
Making a Media Services reservation
Media Services Policies
Accessing network storage from home

Updated by Steven Quirk 11/22/13