How to Resize Videos and Movies Without Losing Quality
The problem that affects both professional and amateur videographers is that the actual size of the video clips is very large. Nowadays, everyone shoots only in high definition, and it’s common knowledge that if you want to get a decent video, you have to do more double-takes and combine the good parts.
The bad thing is that these files take up a lot of hard drive space, and the edited videos are even bigger than the source videos. Hard drives, cloud storage space, and other storage media are used to store all the data, but everything gets worse when you want to upload that brand new movie to a video hosting service like YouTube, and it takes forever to load. How about resizing the videos to get a smaller capacity while maintaining the same quality?
How To Resize Videos Without Losing Quality
Video editing programs are very important for every user in their attempt to make the best video that matches their vision. Users can use them to make simple operations, like cutting the video into pieces, trimming them with others, arranging the clips across the timeline, and much more, and even to do complex ones, like adding effects and filters. Also, they can be used to convert and resize videos to gain a little more free space on your hard drive or to upload them faster on your favorite websites.
Resize Videos Using Avidemux
Avidemux is a free and open-source video editing application that can also be used for post-processing and many other operations. It can do cutting, encoding, filtering operations, and more while using a simple interface that beginners can easily understand. In addition, the program is compatible with almost every operating system (Windows, Mac OS, or Linux) and platform.
It’s demonstrated that with proper customization settings, Avidemux can transform an 8 GB raw video to a 200 MB video without spotting any noticeable difference between them.
So, don’t dawdle anymore and follow the next guide, which explains how you can use this application to resize your videos and at the same time maintain its quality:
- Go to Avidemux’s official page and download the program that corresponds with your operating system. Two mirrors are available, select one and start downloading.
- Begin the installation, and when you are asked which components to install (“Choose Components”), go with what it’s already checked.
- When the installation is done, launch the app that can be found in the Avidemux folder from the Start menu.
- Now, go to the desired video and drag and drop it to the application’s workspace.
Note that if you have more than a video, do the same operation, and you should have both videos in the timeline, placed one after another. To check if everything is right, make sure that the timer has increased, and now it totalizes both videos.
- Look on the left side of the screen and find the three boxes: Video, Audio, and Format. This step is very important, so no mistakes are allowed. The first one would be to click on the drop-down menu, which is placed under the Video section, and choose the “MPEG-4 AVC” video codec.
- Now, under Audio, select from the drop-menu the “AAC (Faac)” audio codec.
- Last but not the least, choose the “MP4” format.
- In the upper-side of the screen, look for the “Save Video” icon. To be sure, just hover the pointer over the icons and see which icon is for what. Also, you must be very careful what you select, because “Save Project” is not the same thing as “Save Video”.
- At this point, the save file prompt pops out, and you only have to name the video and select the location where you want to save it. It’s extremely important to manually introduce the MP4 extension, which means that after the name of the reduced video, you should write “.mp4”.
Note that this operation can take a while. It all depends on the size of the initial video and the frequency of your computer’s processor. It would be best if you did not touch anything on the screen until the process is done and let the program do its job.
Resize Videos Using Handbrake
Handbrake is an open-source and cross-platform video transcoder application equipped with many important features. We can remind encoding where users can change the output (bit rate, maximum file size, or bit-rate), video filtering, batch encoding, and more. The program works on Mac, Windows, and Linux, which is excellent and completely free.
We have made a quick tutorial where we present how to shrink videos without losing their quality:
- First of all download the application that corresponds with your operating system from the official site.
- Secondly, launch the program and search for the “Source” button, which is placed on the upper left side of the app.
- Browse your files, select the desired video and click “Open”.
- Under the “Destination” section, click “Browse” to select the location where you want to save the new file along with its name. Also, be sure that in the output settings, the format option is set to “MP4 file”.
- Under the section that is grayer than the rest of the application’s interface, where five buttons are available (Video, Audio, Subtitles, Advanced, and Chapters), select “Video.”
- Now, go to “Target size (MB),” which is placed under “Quality,” and type in the desired file size of the compressed video. It’s very important to know that you have to follow one important rule, and that is: never shrink the videos any smaller than half of the original raw file because, for certain, the quality will be worse.
- Once you have done that, go to the upper side of the app and click “Start,” and the application will start compressing the video file.
Convert to FLV format
The FLV format is the de facto standard for online videos, commonly used by big websites like YouTube and Hulu. The big advantage of this kind of format is that it can halve the size of a regular video. In order to make this happen, just follow the next simple step-by-step guide:
- We suggest using a free application which is called Free Video to Flash Converter, that can be downloaded from the DVDVideoSoft official page.
- The installation of the application is very simple, just follow the steps and choose where you want to install it. When the installation is complete, run the program.
- Press on the “Add files” button, browse to your desired video and open it.
- Next, pay attention to select the FLV format and not the SWF one. Also, select the destination for the converted video in the “Save to” area.
- After, go to the little button with a wand on it and press it to customize the compression settings. To maintain the same quality, select in the “Video bitrate” drop-menu a value that is between 2 MB/s and 4 MB/s, and in the “Audio bitrate,” choose a value that is around 192 Kb/s. Also, you could drop the 1080p resolution to 720p from the same place to shrink the final video’s size even more.
- Now, just press “Convert” and wait until the process is done. You will see that the quality is the same and the size is up to 50% smaller.
Resize Videos Using VirtualDub
VirtualDub is a Windows video capture and processing application that operates on AVI movies. It can also be used on Mac OS and Linux by installing and using a special application that permits users to run specially designed apps for Windows on Unix-like operating systems. The application is called Wine and can be downloaded for free from here.
In order to compress your videos without losing quality, read the next guide:
- Download and install the application from here. Also, in order to be sure that the application works properly, you need to install K-Lite Codec Mega Pack which can be downloaded from here.
- Download and install VirtualDub. Next run the app and open the desired video in it.
- Now, go to “Video” and select “Compression”. Also, you can type the CTRL+P combination from your keyboard to do the same thing.
- A menu will appear and from its left-side, select “Xvid MPEG-4 Codec” from the video compression list.
- Click OK and go to “File” and select “Save as”. Now, VirtualDub will compress the video, but in the same time will maintain the original quality.
Also, you could try other tricks like:
- Cutting the extra space from the 16:9 videos, if you intend to use for your video a 4:3 aspect. To do this, you can use the movavi or Wondershare Video Editor application.
- Changing the quality of the video to a lower resolution, because it will save a lot of space on your hard drive. Note that the differences between 1080p and a 720p aren’t so visible and you could do this with just simple steps using a simple converter (Free Video Converter or Online Video Converter which is a completely free and online solution).
- Also, trying to convert to other video and other compression formats.
Resize Videos Online with Type Studio
If you don’t want to bother about downloading and installing different software, you can easily resize videos online with apps like Type Studio. Here is how to do it.
1. Ensure you have a good quality Internet connection.
2. Sign up and login to Type Studio.
3. Once you are logged in, upload your video on the project page.
4. On the left side, you will find the auto-generated transcript. If there are some spelling mistakes, you can easily correct the transcript. The right side, the video canvas, is now important to resize your video or, for example, rotate your video.
5. To resize your video, you have to hover above the video and grab one of the appearing corner points. While grabbing, move your mouse to the left or the right and scale your video.
6. If you want to change the format/aspect ratio, you can do that as well. To change the format, click on the button right above your video inside of Type Studio and choose from one of the formats – Original, Square, Landscape, Portrait, Horizontal Post, Vertical Post, and Pinterest.
7. Once done, simply export the resized video by hitting the export button.