Hello, friends! Today we will learn about how to compress a video for email. There are many ways to do that. The first option that comes to our mind is, of course, WinZip. However, let me tell you media files do not get compressed well in WinZip because they are already compressed.

There are many software out there, which can help you in compressing any media file. Some of them are as follows.

 

Ways To Compress A Video For Email.

 

1

Windows Movie Maker.

It is the default movie making software for Windows. The steps to compress a file using windows movie maker are as follows.

Steps to Follow.
  • Open windows movie maker and the import the media file you want to compress.
  • You can click and drag the file to the timeline at the bottom of the screen.
  • Click on file, and select Save Movie File option from the drop down.
  • Enter a file name and choose a location where you want to save the file.
  • The next screen will be the movie setting. Check the box for another setting.
  • From the drop down select media for broadband (340 kbps).
  • Press next and wait until the Movie Maker compresses the file.

 

 

2

VirtualDub.

It is one of the most widely used software for compressing medias. It is an open source tool, which you can download it from virtualdub.org. However, to enable the video compressing feature, you have to download the Xvid codec from www.xvid.com.

Steps to Follow.
  • Launch the application and hit on File option.
  • Out of the options that will appear, select ‘Open video file.’
  • Once the archive is open, click ‘Video Option’ and then ‘Compression’ from the drop down.
  • The Select media compression window will appear and select Xvid MPEG-4 Codec and click OK.
  • Now select ‘File’ option and select ‘Save as AVI’ from the drop down.
  • Wait till the compression gets over.

 

 

3

Avidemux.

Avidemux is an open source motion picture editing software, which can be used for video compression. You can download it from their official website.

Steps to Follow.
  • Launch the application; click on ‘File’ and select ‘Open’ to open the selected video.
  • Click the ‘Video’ option on the sidebar and select copy out of all the options.
  • Select the codec that reads H.264 out of the list.
  • Select configure in the Media options.
  • Press on the Encoding Mode option and choose” Two Pass – Video Size” out of the options that will appear.
  • The “Target File Size” box will appear, where you have to specify the size in megabytes, to which you want it to be compressed.
  • Click OK.
  • Click on File and place your cursor on save and select “Save Video.”
  • Type a name of the compressed file and click “Save.”

 

 

4

iMovie.

iMovie is yet another great software for making changes and compressing motion files. It comes pre-installed with Mackintosh operating system and can only run on that platform. Follow the instructions below to compress any video file using iMovie.

Steps to Follow.
  • Click ‘Share’ option at the top of the screen and select Export Using Quicktime from the drop down.
  • Save exported file as the window will come up, please specify the name and location of the archive.
  • Click on the export line and choose “Movie to MPEG 4.”
  • Now hit the options button to get to MPEG-4 Export Settings.
  • Make sure that you select MP4 and not MP4 (ISMA).
  • Select the video tab and make sure that MPEG-4 is selected.
  • Set the data rate to 64 kbps.
  • Set Image size custom. You can adjust it according to the aspect ratio of the source.
  • Select the frame rate to 10.
  • Now click on the Audio tab.
  • Make sure that the audio format is set to AAC-LC (music), Data rate at 48 kbps, channels as Mono, Output sample rate at 32000 kHz and Encoding Quality as Better.
  • Click OK.
  • Wait till the file compression gets over.

 

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