Easy way to make video files usable in Moodle on a Mac.
This tends to work well with most video files that have suffixes .mov, .mp4 and .m4v.
Open file in QuickTime. Under the “File” menu, choose “Export To > Web” (on older machines the command might be “Save for Web.”
In the resulting dialogue box you’ll be offered a chance to rename the video, place it in a given location (default is your “Movies” folder), and choose a “version.” The last will determine the bit rate at which the file will stream or download. Bit rate is proportional to quality: the higher the rate, the better your video will look, and often the larger it will be. If you’re sure the video will be viewed only on campus you might choose the highest quality, “Broadband.” For most use, “Wi-Fi” will work fine. If you think a student might view on a dialup or a cell phone not connected by wi-fi, choose the “Cellular” option.
The computer will then spend a bit of time compressing the video and show you the “Export Progress” box.
When the compress is finished, go find the folder. Easiest way is to double click its icon in that “Export Progress” window.
Here comes the weird part. QuickTime has made a folder with a bunch of junk in it. (If you care, all those files allow for QT to stream video optimally to a variety of devices, but you don’t want them with Moodle.) Go to that folder and open it. Inside will be another folder called “Resources.”
Open that. Inside will be a slew of files and folders.
One file will be called “[myfilename] – Wi-Fi.m4v” (or perhaps “…-Broadband.f4v” if you chose that option). That’s the one you want. Trash everything else.
Finally, change it’s name to whatever you want, but make it easy and best practice is to remove all spaces.
Might as well open it now to make sure it’s what you want.
Assuming it is, it’s time to fly it up to Moodle.
Probably you know this already but here’s how. In Moodle “Add Activity” wherever you want it and choose “File.”
Drag your video file from your finder into the resulting dialogue box.
It needs a sit for a while for the file to appear. (If you’re doing this from home it will probably take considerably longer as campus ‘net connections are far faster for uploads.) Fill in the appropriate material while you’re waiting. For some reason Moodle requires both a title and a description. When it shows up, you’re done.