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Top 5 Free Video Compressor to Reduce Video Size

By Carrie Murray, Friday, August 30, 2019

Large video files can take up dozens or even hundreds of gigabytes of storage space. One way to reduce the size of a video is compressing the video with video compression software.

What makes a good video compressor? First and foremost, it should be able to effectively compress different videos to a small size. Video file size is decided by many factors: frame rate, resolution, length, codec and more. A good video compressor should be able to handle video compression with these factors so that users can have various ways to make their videos smaller and meet different needs.

Secondly, it should be easy-to-use. You don't need to figure out a bunch of technical terms to get your videos compressed. Also, you want to compress a video without losing much quality.

Here in this post, we'll introduce to you 5 good video compression software programs and, even better, the video compressors are free to use. You can try them for free until you find the one that best fits your need, whether you need to compress videos for emails, YouTube, WhatsApp, Vimeo or others.


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FonePaw Video Converter Ultimate 

This is a multi-purpose program that can work as a video size converter. FonePaw Video Converter Ultimate can compress MP4, MOV, AVI, FLV, MKV, WMV and more in 4 different ways:

  • Compress a video with a video profile of high compression capability;

  • Convert videos to a lower frame rate, resolution;

  • Trim out unwanted content from the video to shorten a video;

  • Crop videos to a smaller size.

All Profiles to Compress Videos


The video compressor is packed with more than 300 preset video profiles, which you can choose from to compress a video to meet different needs. For example, if you would like to compress a video for YouTube, choose the YouTube Video profile; if the compressed video will be played mainly on an iPhone XS, select the iPhone XS profile. It's self-explanatory.

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Step 1: Import a video into the converter.

Step 2: Select a video profile you want to compress the video with.

Step 3: Click Settings to change resolution, frame rate if you like.

Change Resolution & Frame Rate


Step 4: Click Crop or Clip to trim the video if needed.

Shorten Video


Step 5: Press the Convert button to compress the video to a small size.


Pros

Full-featured. Support video compression with multiple tools.

Fast compression speed. It takes less one or two minutes to compress a 3-minute long video to half its size.

Videos in various formats are supported.

Cons 

It's also offered in a premium version.


Windows Movie Maker

You have known Windows Movie Maker as a video editing tool for Windows PC, but you may not know that it can also be used to compress videos for free.

Just import your large video file to Movie Maker. Video importing could take a while as the video is large in size. Then you can select Save Movie File > Movie Settings to start shrinking the video. You can either enter a smaller file size or select a setting option of a certain network connection speed. The setting with a lower network speed will give a video in a smaller size, but you don't want to choose something like Video for dial-up access (38 Kbps), which compress the video too much that it becomes pixelated.

Compress Video with Windows Movie Maker


Also, with Windows Movie Maker, you can only compress videos in WMV, AVI, MP2, MPG formats. So you'll have to convert a video to Windows Movie Maker supported format before importing it.

Pros

A built-in tool in Windows 7/8. Totally free to use.

Provide video editing features as well.

Cons

Support a limited number of video formats.

Windows Movie Maker is discontinued and won't work with Windows 10.


iMovie

If you want to compress a video on Mac computer for free, you can use iMovie, the default video editor offered by Apple. iMovie can compress your videos by exporting the videos in different quality, resolutions and it gives you the estimated file size of the exported videos. After importing a video into iMovie, click the Share button and you can choose to compress videos for mail, Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo, etc. Generally, by selecting the lower quality, you get a video file in a smaller size.

Reduce Video Size with iMovie


Pros

Free to compress videos on MacBook Pro/Air, iMac, Mac Mini.

Simple to use.

Cons

The video compression options are very limited.


HandBrake

HandBrake is a free open-source video transcoder that is available for Mac, Windows, Linux computer. It provides multiple video codecs(H.264, MPEG-4, MPEG-2, H.265) and more than 100 presets that you can choose from to compress videos. For example, to compress a video for emails, you can choose the Gmail Small/Medium/Large presets to compress the video. Generally, by choosing a preset with lower resolution and faster speed, you can get a video with a smaller size. The frame rate of the video can also be adjusted.

HandBrake Video Compressor


However, the videos compressed by HandBrake can only be saved in 2 formats: MP4, MKV.

Pros

Support batch conversion. You can batch compress multiple videos at one time.

Resolution presets for YouTube, Vimeo, Gmail, Android, iPhone, Smart TV are provided.

Cons

There are some tech terms you have to learn before you can get to grips with HandBrake.

Only 2 video formats are available to save the compressed videos.


FFMPEG

FFmpeg is a multimedia framework that can be used to compress videos of nearly all formats in the world. Even the less used video format can be supported. However, since FFmpeg don't offer a built-in user interface, you will have to compress videos with commands in a Terminal window(Command Prompt if you are using Windows PC). The tool is difficult to use if you know nothing about commands.

Compress Videos with FFMPEG


The compression software can work with Windows, Mac, Linux.

Pros

Compress videos for free and preserve the original metadata[;[ and timestamps.

Cons

Not very friendly to ordinary users. It is a tool for techies.


Wrap-up

The above video size reducers can all make your videos smaller in size. If you don't feel like installing any third-party video compress software on your computer, iMovie or Windows Movie Maker is an option for you. However, since the two video editors are not dedicated to video compression, you may find the compression results less satisfactory.

If you need to compress videos from time to time, it's better to have a professional video compressor like FonePaw Video Converter Ultimate. It's easy-to-use and powerful enough to change video size by codecs, resolution, frame rate, length, etc.

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