How to Compress Your Videos
Edited by Pat Bitton
December 10, 2018
Nobody wants to delete a favorite movie just because of its file size. When a video file takes up too much space on your hard drive or doesn’t fit on the memory card for your portable device, you’ll need to compress it. And you’ll want that compression to be lossless, i.e., without any significant loss of quality.
If you like watching films on your multimedia player, smartphone or tablet, you’ll definitely want to find an optimal solution for downsizing large video files because data storage is usually quite limited. Plus, to transfer any video clip to a specific portable device, you may also need to convert it to a video format supported by that device.
In addition to mobile device usage, you also need to compress movies when you’re preparing them for web upload since many online video sharing sites limit the video size and format of footage you upload.
This tutorial explains how to compress video. Before we start, download and install Movavi Video Converter – the perfect video compression software for compressing digital video files or DVDs. You can also use the software to convert videos to a different format – MP4, MOV, WMV, AVI, MPEG, and many others – depending on your requirements.
With Movavi Video Converter, you won’t need a degree in video engineering to convert even HD movies for playback on your mobile device or compress videos for web upload. The program provides a wide range of conversion presets for most mobile devices and websites.
To compress movies with Movavi Video Converter, follow the simple steps below.
Add a Video File
Click the Add Media button and then Add Video in the upper left corner of the program interface. Choose the video you want to convert from the Open File dialog box and click Open.
Choose the Format or Device Preset
Choose the desired video format or target mobile device from the ribbon of presets. You can also use the search function to quickly find the format or device you need. Alternatively, if you connect your device to the computer and click the Cell Phone icon to the right of the search bar, the program will detect your device automatically and suggest the appropriate preset.
Define the Compression Rate
Return to the source file list and click on the file size in the output information. This will open a new dialog box. Move the File size slider to the desired output file size and bitrate. You can click the Convert Sample button to check how a small segment of the file will look like after conversion.
Start the Video Compression
Choose the output folder for the compressed videos by clicking the Folder icon at the bottom of the interface and selecting the desired destination. By default, the output video will be saved in the Movavi Library folder.
Press the Convert button to start the compression process. After the operation is complete, the output folder with the converted video will open automatically.
Movavi Video Converter
The ideal way to get your media in the format you need!
- Convert video, audio, DVDs, and image files
- Enjoy lightning-fast conversion without quality loss
- Improve quality, adjust sound, trim and join files before converting
- Save video and audio clips for easy mobile access