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Video Compression Guide for Windows and Mac Users

By Emily Watson, Thursday, June 04, 2015

Three Major Reasons to Compress Video:
1. Raw video files, especially HD video, can run several gigabytes in size. It can take a long time for you to upload these "Giants" to YouTube, Vimeo or other websites.
2. If you want to watch movies on your multimedia player, smartphone or tablet, you definitely need to reduce the size of large videos, for data storage is usually quite limited.
3. In addition, you may also need to compress videos when you're preparing them for emailing. You may capture important moments such as your child's graduation commencement or a product demonstration for a client. But their large sizes make them cumbersome and time-consuming to send via email. You should shrink then down first.

Usually, to reduce videos size, you can change the video resolution, cut down the video or convert them to other formats which are account for relatively small size. Luckily, FonePaw Video Converter Ultimate can do all these for you. It can help you to convert HD videos to SD files easily. It can also convert big MTS, VOB, MKV, and AVI files to MP4, FLV, WMV and other more formats. In addition, you are allowed to change the video resolution and bit rate with one click. Still better, its editor function give you the choice to split the big file into several small clips. No matter which way you are going to use to shrink down your videos, FonePaw Video Converter Ultimate prepares it for you.

Free download the trial version of this software and follow the tutorial below to have a try.


Recommended Ways to Reduce Size Video Files

Way 1: Compress large files to smaller-sized FLV, WMV, MP4, etc.
Way 2: Change Parameter Settings: Video Resolution, Frame Rate and Bit Rate
Way 3: Trim Unwanted Part to Downsize Video File

Way 1: Compress large files to smaller-sized FLV, WMV, MP4, etc.

Generally, MTS files, AVI files, MKV files, VOB files and other HD videos files have large file size. You may also notice that FLV, WMV and MP4 provide relatively small size. Therefore, if you want to compress video size, it's advised to convert your videos to WMV, FLV or MP4 using professional video converter. Follow the steps below to convert videos to FLV, WMV or MP4.

1. Download and install FonePaw Video Converter Ultimate

First of all, you need to download, install and run FonePaw Video Converter Ultimate on your computer. Both Win and Mac versions are available.

2. Add file to the program

Click "Add File" to upload your big size videos to the program.

Add Videos to Program on Computer

3. Choose FLV, WMV or MP4 as the output format

Click "Profile" -> "All Profiles". Then, select FLV or WMV as the output format.

Choose a Video Output Format

4. Convert videos

Choose the destination folder and click "Convert" to begin conversion.

Convert Video Files to Another Format

Way 2: Change Parameter Settings: Video Resolution, Frame Rate and Bit Rate

To change videos parameter settings, just select the video and click "Settings" besides "profile" of the program. Here, you can change the video resolution, video bit rate, frame rate and aspect ratio, etc.

Change Profile Settings


Video Resolution: This is the size of the outputted video. It is measured in pixels, width x height. You can choose a similar size for your playback device screen resolution.

Frame Rate: This is the number of frames per second. Videos are typically shot in 24 or 30 frames per second. Keep the compressed copy's frame rate the same otherwise playback will be affected and audio may not sync properly.

Bit Rate: This is the amount of data that each second of video uses. The video bit rate is bigger, the image quality is better. For SD video, use a bit rate range from 2,000 to 5,000 kbps. 720p video should have a bit rate range from 5,000 to 10,000 kbps. 1080p video should have a bit rate of 10,000 to 20,000 kbps.

Way 3: Trim Unwanted Part to Downsize Video File

Removing unwanted video clips from your big video file is also a feasible way to decrease video size. You can either split the video file into multiple segments or cut off the unwanted clips to get the video size compressed. For more details on trimming videos, please read: Video Cutter - Cut Video, Cut MP4, AVI, MOV, FLV and More.

Whatever your needs and wants are, I believe there's one way tailored for you. Except for doing good job in compressing videos, FonePaw Video Converter Ultimate works perfectly in converting videos and audios to the format you like. Better still, you can own this all-in-one video converter in fairly reasonable price. Why not download it and get a register code right now.


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