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How to Shorten and Resize Video on iPhone

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Jun 11, 2024• Proven solutions

Either for sharing or getting your message across, videos on iPhone need to be concise and short. Sizes will matter the most. You made a great video on your iPhone, and you simply want to extract out the best bit. For this purpose, you need to shorten or resize the videos on iPhone, making sharing much easy. Then, to have a manageable file size, iPhone built in editor is hard to ignore.

Part 1: How to shorten a video on iPhone

1. The Built-in Video Editor

Yes, it does what is desired. And does it excellently. Photo application is not just a simple photo editing tool. But it is also a very good video size reducer. You can trim the video, change start and end, cut some parts or just keep a portion which you want to share and delete rest. It is easy. So for iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch follow the steps.

  • Open the Photo app
  • Click the video you want to edit
  • Video will be opened with play icon to preview
  • Click edit at the top
  • Video will be opened with a timeline in bottom
  • Move the starting and ending anchors to trim the video
  • Click play icon to preview
  • Click done, and choose either "Trim original" or "Save as new clip"

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2. iMovie

iMovie is another simple application to use. Solid design, simple usage and intuitive multi-touch gesture makes this app an all time winner. Especially when you are answering " how to shorten a video on iPhone? Despite its editing capabilities, we will keep our focus on video resizing. It's a video size reducer, that can import file directly from iPhone. There are many options to trim, rotate, duplicate, split or delete clip. By default a photo in a timeline will be a clip for 6 to 12 seconds of onscreen time. Trimming photo will mean cutting the on-screen duration.

  • Open the project
  • Tap the video or photo in timeline to be shortened
  • Drag yellow trim handler to shorten the video or photo


But, it can be, that you don't want to delete parts at all. Instead you want to make "large" size a little bit more manageable. For that sake, another way to trim video, iPhone camera roll has ,is, by resizing. But resizing and compressions are tricky. You need to consider video dimension (pixels), aspect ratio and resolution. Above all resizing doesn't mean sacrificing quality. One best way to do that is to use Desqueeze.

Part 2: How to resize a video on iPhone

1. Desqueeze

It can resize photos and videos to any size up to 8192 px and 4k respectively on iPhone. It can make file size smaller and that too with precision. Another utility is that, compression and editing will be applied to the batch (all photos and videos selected).

  • Launch app and open the photos/videos in camera roll which need to be resized
  • Select scaling ratio to be used
  • After choosing all the files, tap edit button at bottom left
  • Tap on dimension box to input customised scaling options
  • Input width and height
  • Press ok. After saving dimensional setting, click Paw shape icon at bottom to initiate changes


2. Video Compressor

Video Compressor can also be used to shrink down the file size on iPhone. Especially when you want to share something right from your iDevice. The steps to follow include

  • Launch the application, and tap on the video which need to be compressed
  • Select "choose" from video preview screen to open in Video Compressor
  • Now use sliders at the bottom to adjust video compression.
  • After target compression percentage and file size is finalised, select save in upper right corner
  • The compression will start on the targeted video file.
  • The compressed video will be saved in Camera roll

video compressor


Being an iphone, iPod or iPad user, you can enjoy making high quality photos and videos, including 4K,1080p and 720 resolutions. But the downside is the large file size which makes them hard to retain. There are options to shorten or resize the iPhone videos and photos, by using any of above applications. Get a snippet or make size manageable, depending on "what you want". Just keep sharing the fun!

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Ollie Mattison
Ollie Mattison is a writer and a lover of all things video.
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