People prefer to watch High Definition (HD), or even Ultra high definition videos due to the clarity and quality the video.
The down side is these videos require huge bandwidth to stream, and they also consume a lot of space on your storage drive. Due to the huge video file size, it becomes quite challenging to share or transfer files onto web, cloud or other platforms or storage devices.
Limitations like lack of time, storage space or bandwidth can restrict you to share your favorite videos.
Compressing the video file to reduce the size is the answer, but it can also severely reduce the quality of the video file.
But compression also allows the video file to be easily shared on PC, Mac, USB drive, mobile devices email, and other web platforms. In the section below let’s understand the video file and how to compress it without losing the original quality.
Understanding the Video file
Before we move on how to compress the video file, it is important to understand the mechanism of what makes a video file smaller or larger. The three main factors which influence the compression level are:
The resolution of the video is influenced by the number of pixels present in the video. Resolution is usually represented by a horizontal x vertical count of pixels (for example, native HD, also referred to as 1080p, is 1920 x 1080.) The higher these numbers the better the quality and the larger the file size.
How to Compress Video Files without Losing Quality?
There are various approaches you can implement to compress the video file without losing the quality. Video compressor software reduces the file size by changing codec, resolution, bitrate, and so forth.
However, when using such software, it’s recommended to compress video files by maintaining H.264 codec and high bitrate, preferably in MP4 format to have the best output quality. Most video compressing software allows you to specify the codec depending on the compression.
Resolution settings should be compatible to the device or platform on which the video file is being played or shared.
Note – Video compressors software in some cases tends to impact the grain levels, blurriness, and in severe cases may cause video distortion if done improperly. If you encounter such an unforeseen scenario, we recommend you to use Remo Video Repair tool to fix damaged video files.
Let us move forward now to understand the simple methodologies on how to compress the video file without losing the quality.
- VLC media player
- QuickTime Player
- Shotcut Application
- Online video compressors
Note: Before you use any of the compression methods, make sure you create a copy and then compress the file to be on the safer side.
VLC media player
VLC media player is a known versatile media player, which can effortlessly compress the video file by changing the file format or frame rate. Hence, it is recommended for you to download VLC media player or if you already have downloaded the application, follow the steps mentioned below.
Open VLC Media Player
Click Media > Convert/Save. Or (Press CTRL+R)
Click Add and select one or more video files that you want to compress.
Click Convert/Save to open Convert box.
From Profile dropdown, select the required type of conversion. Note: VLC Media Player doesn’t show estimated file size after conversion. You have to pick the conversion type from the recommended options.
To further reduce video size, change other video parameters, click Edit icon next to Profile dropdown.
Select Video codec, the output quality considerably reduces depending on chosen codec, choose appropriately.
Go to Encoding parameters/ Resolution tabs and adjust Bitrate, Frame Rate and Scale.
Click Browse to name and specify file destination.
Click Start. The video file is compressed and saved at your chosen location.
How to compress the video using QuickTime
- Open QuickTime.
- Click File> Open File to load video.
- Click File > Export As
- Next, Choose the desired video file from the resolution list
- And click on the location you Save the compress video file
How to compress Video using Shotcut
Download the Shotcut application and open it.
Use the Open Button file option to view the video file you desire to compress.
Click Export in the top-right corner of the window to export it to a new file format.
From the list of options, choose H.264 Baseline Profile to reduce the size of your video.
You may choose to further reduce video size by changing Resolution or Aspect ratio.
Click Export File.
Select location to save the new file.
A menu called Jobs opens. Wait for the video file to say Done.
Close the program and view your compressed video.
Online Video Compressors
On internet you can find multiple websites providing you with compression option, you will just have to upload the desired video file which you wish to compress and they will compress it for you.
The compression of the videos is done for free or can be paid as a service depending on the website you choose to the compress the video file from. Also, note that choosing any unreliable online compression tool can corrupt or damage the video. And if the file size is high which is more than 500 MB the upload time on to the website can be very long.
If you have encountered a scenario where the video file is damaged after compressing it you will need a reliable video repair tool like Remo Video Repair to fix the issue.
Molly Owen: Media recovery and forensic specialist solving the worldly problems of file corruptions. With experience of restoring various media files like videos, she gained vast knowledge about media formats and cameras which she is never shy to write about. Loves photography and Technology.