Videos are the new king of content! They allow you to establish authority and give your message a more personalized touch. You’re more likely to connect emotionally with your audience with a video than any other content type.
But video files can be huge – and this can be a challenge for uploading and hosting. And unless you need the highest resolution possible, smaller videos are better for everyone. They minimize the upload time, bandwidth usage and reduce buffering on the viewer’s end.
The good news is that you can always reduce the size of video files to fit the size you want. This post will take you through the four best how to’s to compress large video files.
This is one of the easiest and most effective ways to compress a video file. Zipping doesn’t change the structure or content of your file; it only changes the space occupied by the file. The video quality will remain intact, but the file size will reduce.
Here is how you compress a video by zipping it in windows:
If you want to compress a single video file, right-click on it and select the ‘Add to Video_name.rar’ option.
For Mac users, right-click on the video file and select the Compress Video_name option.
VLC is one of the most popular media player applications around. And as it turns out, it’s also one of the best platforms for video compression. So, how do you go about it?
Here is a step-by-step guide on compressing your video file using a VLC media player:
To reduce the video file size further, change its resolution by clicking the ‘settings’ button (it resembles a spanner) and then choosing the ‘Resolution’ tab. Hit the save button after making your adjustments.
Click the ‘Start” button
The video file might take longer to convert, but it should occupy less storage space once it’s done.
Like VLC, QuickTime is a media player that can also be used to compress video files. And although this tool isn’t as effective as other video compression compressors, it can get things done.
To compress your video using this tool:
Note: QuickTime Player is only found on Mac OS.
If you don’t want to download an application on your computer, numerous websites will allow you to upload a video and compress it for you. Some of these sites will require you to create an account, some will require a fee, and others are free.
Here are a few of these websites:
Veed.io is one of the most effective free video compression online tools. It supports MKV, MOV, MP4, Avi, FLV, and WMV video file formats. Veed also allows you to easily connect your Dropbox account to upload your videos. You can subscribe to the much more affordable rates for more advanced features.
Go to Veed.io, upload your video, and compress it to the needed size.
This is yet another online video compression tool that allows you to reduce your video’s size. And oh, it’s entirely free! Go to VideoSmaller.com, upload your video, change a few settings, and compress your video. This online video compressor supports MP4, MPEG, AVI, and MOV video formats.
Whether you’re looking to compress your first video or have been doing it for some time now, you can learn something from this post. We’ve provided you with four of the best tested and proven ways to compress a video file. Good luck as you purpose to use it to finesse your video editing skills.