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The Easiest Way to Make a Video Smaller in 2024

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May 21, 2024• Proven solutions

The big size of videos can take up too much space of your computer or device etc. Also, a big video file is usually too large to fit on a standard DVD, too large to upload to sites like youtube and MySpace, too large to email, and so on. In a word, a video that is too large can cause you lots of trouble. In this case, you may want to make a video smaller.

To make a video file smaller, lowering video resolution is the most effective and easy way. Or you can convert your big video to other format that has smaller size like FLV. Another effective way is to cut off unwanted video clips of the big video, if you like.

You can do all of these things in an intelligent video editing tool- Wondershare Filmora for Mac (Originally Wondershare Video Editor for Mac)). It enables you to make video size smaller by reducing video resolution, bit rate, frame rate, as well as converting to other formats like FLV or cutting off some unnecessary clips if you like. Most importantly, this app has the ability to make videos smaller while maintaining relatively high visual and auditory quality.

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1 Load a video to the User's album

To load one of your wanted videos to this app, there are two different ways to do it. One is to press "Import" button on the top-left corner to import your local video file. The other is to directly drag the video from the computer to this app’s album. After the video file has been listed in this app’s album, continue to drag it from the album to the timeline at bottom.

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In fact, the most direct way is to cut the video length. So if you need to cut off some unnecessary clips from the video file, just follow step 2 to do it. Otherwise, directly skip to step 3.

2 (Optional) Cut off some unnecessary clips

Click the video on the Timeline, drag the top of the red Time Indicator to any position of the video, press "scissor" button to cut it. Repeat the operation to cut the video into multiple clips. Then right click your unwanted video clips and select “Delete” option.

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3 Make a video smaller

Hit the "Export" button on the right side to pop up this app’s output window. Then, click the Format tab. If you want to convert video to a highly compressed video format like FLV etc, you can select FLV. Or just select the original video format as the output format. Next, you can make videos smaller by lowering its video resolution, frame Rate or bit rate. Hit the triangle button, a variety of video options will appear, such as resolution, frame rate, bit rate, encoder, etc. Set the video resolution to a smaller value. Not small enough? Ok, you can also lower its frame rate and bit rate to make video size smaller.

Filmora Export Formats Settings

Check the video guide below to get more detailed information:

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Liza Brown
Liza Brown is a writer and a lover of all things video.
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