How to Reduce Video File Size in Windows Movie Maker

Wondershare Editor By Dec 17,2016 10:53 am

There are many reasons behind video compression, but arguably the best possible reason is the need to be able to share these videos with friends and family. Whether you are sharing the video file on YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or any other social media platform, one thing is for sure, you will need to resize video file software to handle the compression. Compressing a video is important if you want it to be easily viewed by people on the internet. The best thing about how to reduce video file size in Windows Movie Maker is the fact that anyone can do it – even the ultimate beginner. With that said, here is how to reduce video file size in Windows Movie Maker.

How to Reduce Video File Size in Windows Movie Maker

Step 1

Launch the Windows Movie Maker software from your computer. Once the software opens, look for the “Import Video” icon on the left pane and select it.

Import video

Step 2

You are now another screen that prompts you to select the video you want to resize. Go to where the video is and select it. It will automatically be uploaded onto the software.

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Step 3

Here you can edit the video such as splitting, trimming, adding music, transitions etc.

Step 4

After you are done with the edits – if any, on the upper left pane, select the “File” option and then on the drop-down menu, select the “Save Movie File” option, then “Create custom setting”.

Choose Custom Setting

Step 5

On the pop-up window, you can custom the setting, Take my video file as an example: if I choose For email, the video file will be 11.42MB:

Resize video clip

And if I choose For high-definition display, the video file will be 173.03MB:

Reduce video clip

Or you can directly adjust the bit rates in the Video setting form:

Resize video clip in Windows Movie Maker

Step 6

Click Save to start the compression of the video file. It will take some time to compress and save the video file.

Alternative to Windows Movie Maker –Wondershare Filmora

While using Windows Movie Maker is efficient to resize video file software, there are alternative which can perform the similar task as well as other advanced editing tasks, especially for Mac users who do not have access to this Windows software. This alternative software is referred to as Wondershare Filmora. Some of the benefits associated with using this software include;

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  • It is powerful and yet easy to use.
  • You can perform multiple overlays and transitions.
  • You have access to a built-in audio mixer as well as an equalizer.
  • Availability of Green Screen Effects and PIP
  • Color correction features such as White Balance, 3D LUTs, Vignette.
  • Supports all common video, audio, image formats.
  • Compatible to Mac and Windows users


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