Four Ways to Make A Video Smaller with How-to Tutorial
When a video is shot with professional devices like DSLR, the size is enormous compared to other devices. It is because the video is not compressed, which offers maximum flexibility when it comes to choosing a quality and making corrections. However, such video size is not favorable to share in most of the places.
That said, making the video smaller is easy, and there are many tools available for that. These compressors will make sure to retain the original quality but still compress the video. When you compress a video, more pixels are placed into large blocks, so they take less space.
How Do I Reduce the Size of a Video?
There is a lot of software and tools available that can reduce the size of the video files. They make it smaller but retain the video quality. That is one way, the other way is to change, and convert video formats, so it becomes smaller in size. Formats such as WAV, WebM take a lot less space compared to formats like MP4 and MOV files. Also, compared to codecs like H.264, HEVC stores 64 times the data keeping the same quality using Coding Tree Units. So, it is a combination of both, which will eventually reduce the size of the video.
There are two ways to reduce the size or make a video smaller without losing video quality.
- Change and convert video Formats to make videos smaller.
- Compress Video to reduce video size
There is a difference in both methods. The first method uses a different format to make video smaller, while the second method uses compression. If your need is such that you need a video only in a specific format, then make sure to choose a compression which can help you reduce the file size.
Two Ways of Making Video Smaller without Losing Video Quality
The post details step by step guide of the software and tools you can use to reduce the size of the video. It is important that you also know the target platform. If the platform supports the format, then the conversion of videos will make any sense.
Method 1. Convert/Change Video Formats to Make Video Smaller
If you been dealing with videos, I am sure you already know that there are many video formats. It includes MP4, MOV, FLV, AVI, MKV, etc. Out of this list, WMV can store a large amount of audio and video information in lesser storage space. The compression ratio is twice that of MP4, but still maintains the high-quality.
So, if you want to have the smallest video, this is the format you can use. When using Windows, you can use EaseUS Video Editor to convert videos to the smallest video format, making the video smaller without losing quality.
Available for: Windows 10/8.1/8/7.
How to Making Video Smaller Using EaseUS Video Editor
Step 1. Create a project and add videos to the timeline
Launch the EaseUS Video Editor, and then create a new project. Make sure to save it so you can always reuse it. Done that, add the video you want to compress to the timeline or the media section of the software. If you are merging multiple videos, make sure to add the videos in the proper sequence.
Step 2. Edit video and add effects
The video editor offers a complete set of tools to edit videos. Right from trimming to adding effects such as Filters and Transitions to exporting in a format that works better on all the devices. It is essential to remove parts of the video which are not needed, so it helps to reduce the file size.
Step 3. Convert to smallest video format
The last step is what will achieve our purpose. Click on the export button, which will then reveal the formats in which you can export. There are three sections here - Video, Audio, and Video Platform.
Select any format from the list, and then click on the configuration icon next to output settings. Make sure to select the highest quality of audio and video from the settings.
- Quality as High
- Video Encoder as HEVC
Then click on the Ok button, and then on the Export button to process the video. As long as you choose HEVC in the Encoder column, it will make sure to reduce the size but with high quality.
EaseUS Video editor can do both. It can change video format and reduce the size of the video using encoders. Make sure to choose the right combination for the best results.
Method 2. Compress Video to Reduce Video Size (3 Video Compression Software)
Most of the software allows compression of videos to a smaller size using a compression algorithm. The list includes two software—Windows Photos App and iMovie—and both are easy to use.
#1. Windows Photos App
Photos App is a native photo and video editor in Windows. It is simple to use and offers to reduce the video size by exporting them into MP4 format, and resolution of your choice. The app can also add effects such as text, 3d objects, title cards, and more. You can also add stick images from Bing and background music.
Step 1: Open the Photos app and add videos to the storyboard you want to compress. Make sure to arrange them in the right sequence.
Step 2: Most of the videos have something that can be removed as they are unnecessary. Getting rid of those parts of the video will help reduce the overall size.
Step 3: The last step is to export the video by clicking on the Finish video. You can choose a lower resolution to further reduce the size of the video.
Available for Windows and works on minimum hardware configuration using hardware encoding. It is preinstalled.
#2. iMovie on macOS
iMovie is a free, professional video editor for macOS users. It offers all possible editing tools, including trimming, splitting, video stabilization, green screen support, and templates to create trailers and more. One of the best parts of using the software is the faster processing time. However, it comes with limited features to compare to other editors.
Available for macOS.
Step 1: Open iMovie and import the videos you want to compress. Since the idea is to reduce the size of the file, you can always choose to reduce the resolution.
Step 2: It is a full-fledged video editor that you can use to enhance and make sure unnecessary parts are removed.
Step 3: The final step is to click on the File menu, Share, and then export a file. Here you will have the option to change resolution, quality, compression speed. If you want to preserve quality, choose slower compression.
Clideo is an online tool that offers compression service of any video format. While it is limited to 500 MB in size, it is good enough for videos you must have shot on your phone or any small size video. The service makes sure the data is secure using encryption.
Step 1: Open the compress video service, and then upload the file on the server.
Step 2: Depending on the file type, the online service will apply the best parameters to reduce the size, retaining the quality.
Step 3: The time to convert video will depend on the size of the file. However, using the service, you can get compression as high as 60%.
Most of the video editors now offer options to change video format and offer compression. Both make sure the video takes less space and offers great quality when using Windows, its wise to choose EaseUS video editor which offers exhaustive options to manage both.
You can select a format, and then choose the best encoding format to make sure the output is smaller in size. Those who want to only upload on a social media website can directly upload from the software, and it is a lot faster than doing it manually.