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How to Compress an MOV File

Edited by Pat Bitton

August 22, 2019

The MOV format is one of the most popular in video and audio storage for Apple users. If you like to watch movies on your Mac, those files probably have a .mov extension.

The MOV (or QuickTime) media container was created by Apple to store video, audio, and text data simultaneously in different streams. It is primarily used on Apple devices such as Macs, iPads, and iPhones.

If you have a large video collection that requires a lot of space, you might need to compress your files. You may also find it useful to reduce video file sizes for an email attachment or to optimize for the Web, e.g., for uploading to YouTube or another social network.

Below, you’ll find a description of several scenarios in which you might need to reduce your file sizes.

Videos take up too much space

Even when working from home, you may have to make difficult storage-related decisions – which files to keep and which to delete. File compression is a nice way out.

Videos upload too slowly

If you are going to transfer a large file via a wireless connection, you may have to wait for a long time for the process to complete. Smaller files can be transmitted much faster.

Cloud storing costs too much

The price of cloud services depends on storage capacity, so when storing large files you have to pay more than if the files are small. Compress the videos and save some money.

Another point is that you might need to change the format of your files to play them back, not only on your Mac but on a PC running Windows. Of course, it would also be best if the files could be processed without losing any quality.

If you are new to compressing files, it can be challenging to figure out which app is right for you. Try Movavi Video Converter. It offers a convenient way to compress MOV files and convert them to other formats if needed.

Below, you can find several examples of compressing video files of different sizes. All had a resolution of 1920 × 1080 before compression and were processed with the Movavi compressor.

VideoBefore compressionAfter compression
Movie12.5 GB6.5 GB
Clip325 MB160 MB
Short phone video20 MB10 MB

Impressed? Read on to learn more about how to compress .mov files.

Install the Software

Download Movavi Video Converter by clicking the Download button. Find the distribution file and select it to start the installation. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation process.

Add the MOV Files to the Compressor

Launch the program, open the Add Media menu, and click Add Video. Select the MOV files you want to compress and click the Open button.

Select the Required Format

Select the video format or device type to specify the properties of the output files. You can also connect your device and click the Cell Phone icon – the program will automatically provide the appropriate preset.

Define the Compression Properties

Return to the main program window and right-click on the file size. In the window that opens, select the target file size using the slider bar. The quality and bitrate will be set automatically. You can also click Convert sample to preview how the file will look after compression. Repeat these actions for all your files or mark the Apply bitrate to all files check box.

Compress the MOV Files and Save Them

To select a folder in which to save the converted files, click the Save to button. Click Convert to launch the compression. On completion of the process, the selected folder will open automatically.

That's all it takes to compress an MOV file! Compressing videos is easier with Movavi Video Converter. You can also use the software to convert video files to any format, including WebM, MKV, FLV, OGV, GIF, AVI, WMV, MP4, M4V, 3GP, and more. To make things easier, Movavi Video Converter provides a full range of pre-made parameter sets for converting files depending on the desired output format or intended use. With this program, you can easily transfer any video to your phone, tablet, or any other mobile device.

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