If you belong to those who often share screen recordings of apps on Twitter, Mastodon, Slack, Teams, Mattermost, Element (or whatever you use), here is a tip to reduce friction.
Why should you re-encode screen recordings on macOS?
By reducing quality and re-encoding…
- You get faster uploads.
- Videos begin to play more quickly for others.
- Less cache storage is wasted, especially on phones.
- Coworkers on a mobile data plan will be able to play your video even in places where reception or download speeds aren’t perfect. Which means they might see it earlier.
- Linux users won't have to install weird stuff for your video to be playable.
How does it work?
Step 2: Add a new rule to your Desktop folder in Hazel:
Step 3: Click "Edit script". Fill in this script:
ffmpeg -i "$1" -c:v libx264 -crf 23 "$1.mp4"
Done! From now on, Hazel will auto-convert your screen recordings taken with macOS's Screenshot app to mp4 (x264) and compress them.