Reducing the size of a video is an important utility to have if you’re content creating. Making the file size smaller can help when transferring it or uploading it if you can live with the reduction in quality. We’ve put together this step by step guide on how to reduce the size of your video files.

We’re going to use a tool called Handbrake which is a free, open source video transcoder that can be used across several platforms including Windows, Mac and Linux.

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How to reduce video size

  • Find your way to the Handbrake website, download the software and install it onto your machine.

Handbrake download

  • Open up Handbrake by double-clicking it on your desktop, and click the ‘File’ button under source selection at the top left corner.

handbrake how to make your video smaller

  • Navigate your way to the video that you’d like to reduce in size, and open it up.
  • To start, let’s set our file destination. This is where the file will end up, after it’s done processing your request. You can edit this location by hitting ‘Browse’ at the bottom right of the screen.

Handbrake file destination

  • Select where you’d like your video to be saved to, then find your way to the Dimensions tab where you can adjust the resolution of the video.

Handbrake change settings

  • Move across to the video tab next, where you will find a slider that allows you to change the overall quality of the video. You can also change the video codec here too.

Handbrake change settings

  • You can then use the Preview button on the bar at the top of the program to see what your video output will be like, so you can make any changes before you export it properly.

You can go back and adjust the settings until the preview is to your liking. The lower the quality of the video the smaller its file size will be, so have a play until you can find a happy medium of quality/size.

To export your video with your chosen settings, hit the 'Start Encode' button at the top of the window. Once the process completes, you'll find the file in your output destination that you chose earlier.