The Best Way to Compress Video Files

The Best Way to Compress Video Files

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.

Creating a zip file

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:

  1. To compress several videos, put them in one folder on your computer
  2. Right-click the folder containing the videos and select the Send to> Compressed (Zipped) folder
  3. Windows will create a new archive folder whose size will be smaller than the original version

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.

Reducing the video file size using VLC

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:

  1. On the VLC media window, click the ’Media’ button on the top left side and select the ‘convert/Save’ option. You can also use the ‘CTRL’ shortcut
  2. Then click the ‘Add’ button and select the video you wish to compress. You can also choose several videos.
  3. Click the ‘Convert/Save’ button to get conversion options. Select the conversion you want from the ‘profile’ dropdown.

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.

  1. Click the browse button to specify your video’s destination folder

Click the ‘Start” button

The video file might take longer to convert, but it should occupy less storage space once it’s done.

Compressing a video with a QuickTime player

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:

  1. Open your QuickTime app
  2. Click the ‘File’ button at the top of the media player
  3. Select the ‘Export As’ option and choose a resolution for your video
  4. Choose a folder to save your video and hit the ‘Save’ button

Note: QuickTime Player is only found on Mac OS.

Compressing a video using online tools

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 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, 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, upload your video, change a few settings, and compress your video. This online video compressor supports MP4, MPEG, AVI, and MOV video formats.

The bottom line

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.