How to Reduce File Size for Videos and PDFs

Seesaw supports files up to 250 MB in size. Here's how to reduce the size of your files so you can upload them into Seesaw. 

iOS Devices 

  • Videos - Before You Record: Go into the Settings app > Camera > Video Recording > Select 720p at 30 fps or lower. Step by step here. 
  • Videos - After You Record: Use a free app like Video Compressor to reduce the size of the file to 480p at 30 fps or 720p at 30 fps. Step by step here. 
  • Videos - After You Record: Upload the video file to Google Drive, Dropbox, Youtube, etc and then add to Seesaw via the "Link" option. 

Android Devices 

  • Videos - Before You Record: Go into the Camera app > select the Resolution icon on the lower left corner > Select 720p at 30 fps or lower.
  • Videos - After You Record: Use a free app like Video Converter to reduce the size of the file to 480p at 30 fps or 720p at 30 fps. Step by step here. 
  • Videos - After You Record: Upload the video file to Google Drive, Dropbox, Youtube, etc and then add to Seesaw via the "Link" option. 

Chromebooks 

  • Videos - After You Record: Upload the video file to Google Drive, Dropbox, Youtube, etc and then add to Seesaw via the "Link" option.

Mac Computers 

  • Videos: Open the Quicktime Player app. Select your video from Files. Click File > Export as > 480p. 
  • Videos - After You Record: Upload the video file to Google Drive, Dropbox, Youtube, etc and then add to Seesaw via the "Link" option.
  • PDFs: Use a website like SmallPDF.com to reduce the size. 

PC Computers 

  • Videos: Open Windows Movie Maker. Import your video. Click File > Save movie > Select an option like "For email" or "For Android phone". You want a file that is either 480p or 720p resolution. 
  • Videos - After You Record: Upload the video file to Google Drive, Dropbox, Youtube, etc and then add to Seesaw via the "Link" option.
  • PDFs: Use a website like SmallPDF.com to reduce the size. 
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