Limited file size
Popular formats supported
Slow compression speed
How to compress videos on a desktop
Step 1. 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.
Step 2. 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.
Step 3. 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.
Step 4. Compress the video
Choose the output folder for the compressed videos by clicking the Save to button 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.
Short phone video
Short phone video
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Differences between desktop and online converters
Online Video Converter
Movavi Video Converter
No size limits
180+ formats, presets for 200+ devices
High compression speed
Online user support
How to reduce video size with an online video compressor
Step 1. Go to the compressor website
Step 2. Upload your clip and define the compression properties
Click Add Your Media button. In the window that appears, find your video file and hit Open. Please note that the file size is limited and you can upload only one file at a time.
Step 3. Compress the video
Click the Cogwheel icon to open the Options menu. Lower the video resolution of your clip to make the file smaller. Hit Convert to start the compression process. After it’s finished, the compressed file will be downloaded automatically; otherwise, just click the Download button.
How to use a free video compressor
Frequently asked questions
What is a video compressor?
A video compressor is a program that helps you to reduce the size of your video files. The compression rate depends on the video codec and bitrate. Different video formats may use different codecs, so changing formats may help to lower the file size.
How to compress a video file on Mac?
The programs described above are also available for macOS users, and the online service works on any operating system.
These links will help:
What is the maximum size for a video on WhatsApp?
You can send a video via WhatsApp if the file doesn’t exceed 16 MB. If it is larger, the program will offer to trim the video for you to make it smaller. The length of a 16 MB video is approximately 1.5-3 minutes so, if you have a one-hour video, it would be better to upload it somewhere and send out a link to it.
What is the smallest video format that retains high quality?
Video properties depend on codecs and bitrate, and different formats may use the same codecs, so choose the codec, not the format. H.264 and VP8 are good in compression, so WebM and MP4 offer good quality while maintaining a manageable video file size.
How to compress a video for email?
If you want to email a large video, consider using a video compressor for your file to meet the size restrictions.
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