Video has emerged as the most preferred form of digital content, and people are using it for varied purposes. Extensive video editing often involves collaborations with teammates or seeking approvals from clients. The file size is too large and creates problems in transferring such files. In such situations, compromising on the quality of the video is not a solution, thus putting content creators in a dilemma. In this article, we will answer your questions on how to compress video and provide you five tested solutions to the same.
Alter the Video Quality While Downloading
Most video editing tools allow you to download a file in multiple formats and qualities. Whenever possible, try to download the file in MP4 format. That way, you will reduce the file size without compromising on the quality.
The ideal video resolution will depend on the viewer’s screen. For most devices, exporting your video at 720p or 1080p will suffice. We recommend that you stick to the frame rate of 24 to 30 while creating the video. Understand that while a higher frame rate may seem tempting, it will cause an unnecessary increase in your file size.
Moreover, if you want to keep a small file size, restrict the movement in the video. Movements and transitions add to the file size. Also, realize that very few projects will need uncompressed audio. When you compress the audio on export, it helps in reducing the video file size.
Zip the Video File
The most common way of compressing a file without compromising on its quality would be to zip it. If you are using a windows device, right-click on the filename to open a dropdown. From the list, select ‘Send to’, then choose ‘Compressed’ and finally click on ‘Zipped Folder’. Your zipped folder will be ready, and you will notice that it is smaller in size as compared to the original video file.
For MacBook users, the process of creating a .zip file involves right-clicking on the video file and selecting the ‘Compress (filename)’ option. You will now see the compressed file in place of the original one.
Compress the Video File
The higher the video resolution, the more will be the pixels on display, and you will have better video quality. However, the other side of the coin is the fact that an increase in the video resolution will increase its size.
Most HD videos come in 1920 X 1080 p, and we suggest that you compress them to 1080 X 720 p or 854 X 480 p before you share them. That way, the videos will be easier to share, and there will not be any significant reduction to the video quality.
Compressing a Video on a Windows Device
The VLC Player is the best option for compressing video files on a windows system. The tool is available for free, and you need to launch the application and click on the ‘Media’ tab. A dropdown will open, and you need to select the ‘Convert/Save’ option. Select ‘Add’ in the pop-up window that comes up and choose your video file. The VLC Player allows you to select multiple video files at a go.
On the bottom right of the pop-up screen, you will see the ‘Convert/Save’ option. Click on it to see a list of conversion options. Select the conversion option from the dropdown and save your changes. On the next page, you will be provided with the option to choose the destination location. Finally, click on Start to begin the file compression.
Compressing a Video on a MacBook
Launch the QuickTime app on your device. While QuickTime is a video editing tool that is available for both Windows and Mac users, it is most suitable for Apple devices. Start by opening the file that you wish to compress. On the top of your screen, there is a ‘File’ option. Click on it to open a dropdown.
Select the ‘Export’ option from the dropdown. You will then have the option of downloading your file in 4k, 1080p. 720p and 480p. Choose a size that is smaller than your original file size, and you will find the compressed version in place of the original one.
Share Links Instead of Uploads
An effective way of tackling the hassle of uploading large video files is to send them as a link instead of an upload. To do so, you need to upload the video file on a cloud sharing service. OneDrive, Google Drive, and Dropbox are some of the most common options to consider. The link to the uploaded file can then be shared with the recipients.
Android apps like WeTransfer and ShareIt also allow you cloud-based file sharing. Another option to consider is to upload your video on YouTube and tag it as ‘unlisted’ and ‘private’. That way, only the viewers who have the link to the YouTube post can view its contents.
Trim Your Video
When you do not have the luxury of compressing your file, trimming is the best option. This is especially true in the case of heavy-on videos. Also, sometimes you may not need to share the entire video file with every user, and trimming the video is the best option.
Windows Movie Maker is the default trimming tool for windows OS, while the iMove comes preloaded in all Mac devices. However, we recommend that you use the online tool InVideo to effortlessly trim your videos to perfection. It is an intuitive tool that is free-to-use and lets you promptly trim the videos.
- Step 1: InVideo is a free online tool, and you only need to sign up and register with your credentials. Select a blank canvas and decide on the aspect ratio for your video. Tap on the ‘Make a Video’ option to continue.
- Step 2: Click on the ‘Upload Media’ and select the video that you wish to trim. Once uploaded, the video trimmer screen will pop up. You can trim the video by dragging the start and end controls. Alternatively, you can enter the timings manually to trim the video.
- Step 3: After you are satisfied with the video trimming, click on ‘Done’. The trimmed video will appear in the timeline. Select the ‘Download and Share’ option on the top right of the screen and then click on ‘Export’. After the video is fully rendered, you can download it to your device.
Thus, you see that there are multiple ways for you to cut back on the video size without causing any inconvenience to your viewers. Depending on your video requirements and the purpose of the video, feel free to choose a method that is the most convenient for you.