How to Compress a Video for Email

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How to Compress Video Files for Email

Edited by Pat Bitton

July 24, 2019

When sending a large video via email, you may encounter a delivery problem, since almost all email clients set limits on the size of attachments. What do you do if you want to email large video files? One of the best ways is to reduce the file size. Our guide below will explain how to email large video files on Windows or Mac.

How to Email Large Video Files with Movavi Video Converter

With Movavi Video Converter, you can easily make a video smaller in a matter of minutes. The program will help you to convert videos from your devices, for example GoPro or Android, to many popular formats, including AVI, MP4, WMV, MOV, MKV, and many more. The software lets you not only reduce video file size, but also convert those files to different formats, resize and edit them. To make your files small enough for emailing, just download Movavi Video Converter and follow the steps below.


  • The converter provides many ready-made presets for different video formats.


  • You cannot upload your media files to email clients directly from the converter.

Install Movavi Video Converter

Download the installation file to your PC and install the software following the on-screen instructions.

Add Video Files to the Converter

Hit the Add Media button and choose Add Video in the top left corner of the program window. Then select the files you want to email and click Open. You can also drag and drop your videos into the program window.

Choose the Target Preset

Click the Video tab in the lower part of the program window, and choose the desired format. For example, if you want to shrink the size of MP4 files, click the MP4 profile group and then pick a suitable MP4 preset.

Specify the Compression Rate

Once you’ve selected the output format, you need to set the output file size. Click on the size of the output file – this will open the Size and quality dialog box. Move the File size slider to set the desired size for the video file.

Start Compressing Your Video

To select the destination folder for the converted files, click the Folder button in the bottom right of the program window. Hit the Convert button to start the compression. After the process is complete, the folder containing the compressed files will open automatically. You can then attach the compressed video files to your email and send it.


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How to Compress a Video for Email on Windows

If you're a Windows user, there is another way to downsize your files for email by zipping them. This option is pretty convenient since you can zip all the files into one folder and you don't need to attach the files to your email one by one.


  • It's a simple way to compress files, you don't need to install any additional software.


  • With some file formats, zipping does not reduce the file size by much.

To zip video files, open the folder containing the files. Choose the videos you want to zip and right-click them. In the menu that opens, select Send to and then Compressed (zipped) folder. A zipped folder will be created in the same folder as your video files. Next, open your email client, attach the zipped folder to your email, and send it.

How to Reduce Video File Size on Mac with iMovie

Mac users can condense video files for sending by email using iMovie. iMovie is video editing software available for Mac, iPhone and iPad, and it supports many popular formats, including MP4, AVI, MOV (QuickTime Video), and many more.


  • The software lets you edit video files as well as compress them.


  • The program may be a bit confusing and difficult for less experienced users.

Run the software on your Mac. Click the Create New icon and select Movie to create a new project. Next, select the clips you want to compress from the Libraries and add them to the timeline.

Click the Share icon in the top right corner of the program window and select Email. In the dialog box that opens, enter the name of the movie project and change the resolution to Small. Click Share and wait till the sharing process is complete. Next, a new window with a draft email will open. Enter the email address and write your message, then send the email.