Rise: Best Practices for Images, Videos, and Audio

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Rise optimizes media for faster downloads without compromising quality by using a mix of industry standards and the latest technologies. So you can use high-quality media in your courses and let Rise do all the work of optimizing them for learners. Here are our recommendations for:


Rise uses cutting-edge image compression that reduces file sizes with virtually no loss of quality. For this reason, we recommend using high-quality images and letting Rise prepare them for web delivery. For example, compare these before and after images.

Original Image 4.42 MB

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Rise-Optimized Image 173 KB

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In addition to using high-quality images, it's a good idea to use images where important details won't be lost if the edges are cropped. Rise courses are fully responsive, so your images may have different dimensions as they adapt to different devices and orientations. For example, compare how this image appears on a tablet in landscape mode and how it appears on a smartphone in portrait mode.

Tablet in Landscape Mode

Phone in Portrait Mode

The maximum file size for each image is 5 GB.


We recommend using high-quality videos with a 16:9 aspect ratio for the best results in your published courses.

Rise compresses videos so they have smaller file sizes while maintaining quality.

The maximum file size for each video is 5 GB.


We recommend recording narration directly in Rise or importing high-quality audio files. Rise optimizes them for broadcasting without sacrificing sound quality.

The maximum file size for each audio clip is 5 GB.

Mac Users: Safari doesn’t support audio recording. Use Google Chrome or Firefox when you need to record narration in Rise.