By | April 26, 2019

Have you ever wanted to make your video files smaller? As a smaller file it may be easier to store your videos, transfer them between devices, or upload them online.

In fact in some cases you may even need smaller video files to overcome a specific file size limitation.

The good news is that there are several ways that you can make your video files smaller. Each can be useful in specific cases, so it helps to know all your options:

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  • Convert the video codec

The video codec is a part of its format, and it controls the compression that is used by the video. Newer codecs can often compress video data more efficiently, and produce smaller video files while maintaining a similar quality.

For this option to work you need to identify the current video codec, and find a better alternative to use – then check that it is supported by the device or platform you want to view the video on. That may sound complicated, but as things stand you can simply check if the HEVC codec is supported and use it if it is. If not the next best is H.264 – which is almost assuredly supported.


  • Reduce the video bitrate setting

The video bitrate is a setting that determines the amount of data that is used by the video for each second. Because of that it directly affects the file size, and lowering it will make your video file smaller.

The downside of this option is that reducing the video bitrate will lower the video quality as well. In some cases compression artifacts may start to appear more frequently the lower it gets.


  • Shorten the video clip

A shorter video will result in a smaller file, so trimming out unnecessary parts of your video and shortening its overall duration is yet another option you can consider. It is only suitable for certain cases however – when you are only interested in a small part of a much longer video.

A similar alternative is to split a long video clip into several shorter clips – each of which will individually have a smaller file size. The cumulative file size of all the clips won’t be smaller than the original video however, and in most cases it will actually be larger.

To reduce the file size of your videos in any of the ways listed above you should use Movavi Video Converter. It is an easy-to-use video converter that will let you convert the video codec and reduce its bitrate as you can see at On top of that it will let you trim your video, enhance it, and edit it in other basic ways too.

Because you know all the options that are on the table, you may want to consider using a combination of them to make your videos smaller. That can help especially if you need to significantly reduce the file size of your videos – but just be sure to keep tabs on its quality too.