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How to Resize Video for Smaller Resolution and Size

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Jun 16,2015 18:49 pm / Posted by to Basic Editing Tip


While editing videos, you may need to change the display size, because the video screen size is too big to be uploaded to YouTube, or you need to enlarge a small video to fill up your large monitor. Sometimes you may need to resize the file of video so that it can be attached to an Email. In this article, let’s see how you can resize your video in different ways:

Recommended Software: Wondershare Filmora (originally Wondershare Video Editor)

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Wondershare Filmora (originally Wondershare Video Editor)
  • Layout: very simple and clean. No features hidden;
  • Easily resize the display size and video size of video;
  • Add more video effects as you like;
  • Export the edited video in different ways;
  • Supported OS: Windows (Windows 8 included) & Mac OS X (above 10.6).

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Part 1: How to resize the display size of the video

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1.Import the video to the program

Firstly import your video files to the program through the "Import" button on the primary windows, or simply drag and drop the video files from Windows File Explorer to the User's Album. Then, drag videos from the User's Album to the video track of the Timeline.

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2. Crop the video

By cropping videos, you can focus on certain part of the video and resize the display size of your video. To crop a video, double click the added video on Timeline, a "Crop" button will appear in the middle of screen. Click it to bring up the editing window to crop videos.

As the image shown, on the left is the preview windows of original video; on the right, it's the video to be cropped. Just move and resize the marquee to decide how to crop the original video. When cropping video, you have 3 options at the bottom to help you: manually select the marquee, keep the marquee in 16:9 or 4:3 aspect radio.

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3. Save your video

After that, hit “Create” to save your video. Here you can go to the "Format" tab to save your video in different formats. Or go to the "Device" tab if you want to play the video on mobile devices like iPhone, iPad, iPod, etc. On top of that, you can also directly upload your video to YouTube and Facebook or burn to a DVD collection.

Part 2: How to resize the file size of the video

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1.Import the video to the program

Click the "Import" button on the primary windows to load your video, or simply drag and drop the video files from your computer to the User's Album. After that, place the videos to the video track of the Timeline.

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2. Cut the video (optional)

If necessary, cut the video length to make the video have a smaller size. Click the video to highlight it on the Timeline, place the red Time Indicator to the where you want to cut the video, and then click the Scissor button. Then move the red marker to the end of the scene, and repeat this again to cut the video into several fragments. Right click the video and choose "Delete" to cut off the unwanted parts.

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3. Adjust the settings and save your video

Click the "Create" button on the right side to export video. You can change the video settings while exporting video to different devices and formats. By clicking the little triangle button, a variety of video options will appear, including resolution, frame rate, bit rate, encoder, sample rate, etc. Here taking FLV for example, by changing the resolution to 320x240 resolution, and reduce the video frame rate 15 fps, a video of about 3 minutes will be exported to an 18MB FLV file. Not compressed enough? You can also lower the bit rate and/or frame rate to get a smaller output file if your source video is long.

Video Tutorial: How to Resize Video

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