How to Resize Video for Smaller Resolution and Size (Windows 8 included)
Large size usually means high video quality. But under some circumstances, you need to resize the video. For example:
- A smaller size needed, e.g. a video is too large to upload to sites like YouTube.
- Video resolution is too large to be played on small screen such as iPhone.
- You need to focus on certain part of the video
Interestingly, sometimes you even need to enlarge a small video to fill up your large screen. Although most video editing software allows you to resize videos quickly and easily, not all of them support video resizing. At least Windows Movie Maker doesn't provide a feature to resize video. Today, I will show you how to resize a video using Wondershare Video Editor, a powerful video editing software tool that's more than a video resizer (Windows 8 supported).
Step 1: Resizing Video by Changing Video Screen Size
The most effective and easy way to resize a video is to change the video resolution. It's easy to do so with Wondershare Video Editor. Firstly import your video files to the program through the "Import" button on the primary windows, or simply dragging and dropping files from Windows File Explorer to the User's Album. Then, drag videos from the User's Album to the video track on Timeline.
If necessary, cut the video length to make the video have smaller size, too. Otherwise, you can directly click the "Create" button on the right side to export video.
You can change the video resolution 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.
Step 2: Resizing Videos by Cropping
By cropping videos, you can focus on certain part of the video and meanwhile resize video under some conditions. 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 below, 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.
Note that cropping actually doesn't directly turn your video into smaller size. It mainly lets the video focus on certain part. You have to select a small video resolution at the same time while exporting to get a smaller or larger screen size. Besides, you should select a corresponding aspect radio when exporting if you have chosen a radio here. For example, you have constrained your video to 16:9, then you need to set the Resolution in "Advanced settings" to options like 480*272 or 1280*720.
Step 3: Exporting Resized Video
When everything is OK, click "Create" to export video to the specified folder.
Video Editing Tips:
1. It's always a good idea to preview your video before export them to your hard drive. Make sure the video has not been cropped too much.
2. Wondershare Video Editor comes with other comprehensive video editing operations such as Split, Rotate, Cut, Speed up, Slow down, Picture in Picture, etc., and an extensive list of over 50 visual effects.