How to Compress a Video with Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate

8 Real Compressing Tests to Tell You Which One is the Best Way to Compress a Video by Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate

Multiple elements can affect your video size, however, users only know few of them like the video length and format. Today, I would like to explain how to compress a video by different ways and Wondershare Video Converter will be the experience tool.

What You Need?

  • Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate (Free & Paid Version)
  • A Video File (Movie like Transformers – Dark of the Moon, MP4 format)
  • A Windows/Mac PC

Software Introduction

Let's see what will happen when using the follow ways to compress a video and we'll find a better way for users to compress videos. First of all, download this software and check the interface.

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It includes three main functions: compress/convert video to different size/formats, burn video to DVD directly and download online video to the local. Here we will only focus the compress function. Click Add Files in the middle (or drag and drop the file directly) to get started, generally speaking, it only takes 3 second to import a 5.9G movie file (that what Transformers - Dark of the Moon takes).

Secondly, two parts you need to pay attention:

  • Output Format - Which may be easily ignored by new users because the design is not obvious enough to click the rolling down button above the image? (Right to main window)
  • Settings – Users can find it in the lower left corner, the main panels to set up different parameters

Start Tests

After importing the video file, users have 8 options to compress it to smaller size. Let’s test it one by one. Please note that when we check one way, we will only change the related value and keep others default.

1. Shorten the Video Length

Shorten time length is the top way users are inclined to apply, cut down the unnecessary parts like the intro/ending parts in movies or spare stops in music video. Everyone knows when MP4 converts to AVI, the video size will change, but how much (size) and how fast (time) this software can are still in the air.

Test One - check what we get after cut down the intro/ending parts in this movie and this is the screenshot we can get after import the movie.

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Click Edit to cut down unnecessary parts with Trim tool, reset the Start Time and End Time by dragging the Trim Marker in the progress bar and then click OK.

Keep the destination format MP4 in Output Format

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Click Settings to choose High Quality, the default setting is Standard, keep video and audio setting as default –Keep Original, and click OK. (Please note that the Quality can’t be changed under some certain situation and even adjust automatically as per different parameters. On one hand, it saves much time for green hands to adjust complicate setting and on the other hand, it’s not suitable for professional users who may need more personalized features.)

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Here is the Before and After preview setting comparison:

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Setting Before After
Format
MP4
MP4
Size
5.9GB
5.6GB
Duration
02:34:23
02:25:29
Resolution
1920*1080
1920*1080

Please note that Duration means the length of movie not the time to compress.

Now, let’s check the how long will this task take.

After clicking Convert, the button changed to yellow Cancel and the time in my PC is 1: 27 PM, the estimate time to complete this task is 00:10:02 (Hour:Minute:Second).

How about the video quality after compressed? Let’s check the screenshot of this video below (almost the same with original):

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2. Convert to Another Formats

When we compress a video by shorten the video time, we didn't change the output format to keep the value comparable. What will happen if we compress this MP4 file to a WMV video?

Test Two - Change the Output Format to WMV after importing the movie

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Click setting to pick up Standard, now you will get the result review as below. (Users can’t Keep Original in other setting when pick High Quality, but standard can make it. That’s one of the biggest differences from other ways. Another difference lays in the Video Codec of WMV is WMV1, WMV2 and WMV3, either H264 or MPEG-4).

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Setting Before After
Format
MP4
WMV
Size
5.9GB
2.3GB
Duration
02:34:23
02:34:23
Resolution
1920*1080
1920*1080
Estimate Time to Complete
06:00:12

This result is highly dependable on which destination format users choose, under this test, if I pick up AVI /MOV as the output format, the video size after converted will be still 5.9G, if DivX, the size will be bigger than the original one. Therefore, you may need to distinguish the different video formats before using this function or you may need to check one by one. Check more details about different video formats here.

Check the screenshot of compressed video here (high resolution):

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3. Change Video Encoder from H264 to MPEG-4

There are two main codec standards, H264 and MPEG-4 when compressing a video. However, if I keep every other element as Keep Original and only change the Video Encoders, will there be any changes in video size?

Test Three - Like WMV format, when MPEG-4 as video codec to compress MP4 to MP4 file, something unexpected happens.

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Setting Before After
Format
MP4
MP4
Size
5.9GB
10.9GB
Duration
02:34:23
02:34:23
Resolution
1920*1080
1920*1080
Estimate Time to Complete
12:59:04

The above screenshot is the Before and After setting preview after changed the video codec to MPEG-4. There is no change when pick H264 to compress MP4 to MP4, while only change it to MPEG-4, it can resize the file, while not to compress but enlarge. It seems this is not a suitable compressing way if you just want to compress with MPEG-4.

Solution: You can change the quality to small size and the Bit Rate will change automatically, then the output video will change to 1.1GB at last. (Actually in this solution, you use change the Bit Rate to compress a video default, which will explain in Test Six)
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Check the screenshot of compressed video here (looks better than original):

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4. Swift Between Different Resolutions: 240*160, 640*480 and 1280*720

There are 14 different resolutions in settings and here I only take 3 examples to check what will happen if we only change the resolution when compress a video.

Test Four - here is the comparison table:

Setting Before After 1 After 2 After 3
Format
MP4
MP4
MP4
MP4
Size
5.9GB
424MB
1.4GB
4.5GB
Duration
02:34:23
02:34:23
02:34:23
02:34:23
Resolution
1920*1080
240*160
640*480
1280*720
Estimate Time to Complete

01:46:03
02:12:26
06:41:59

It is common sense that compressing high resolution video will take more time when compared with low resolution, however, have you ever thought the gap can be 5 hours? This is the resolution options in this software.

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Check the screenshot of compressed video here (240*160, very blurry):

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5. Different Frame Rates like 15fps, 30fps and 60fps

Test Five – keep other settings original and only change the Frame Rates, let’s post 3 screenshots to explain the results.

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There is none any changes when choose different Frame Rates, however, it also can resize the original video file. Like only change the Encoder to MPEG-4, if users only change the Frame Rate, the layout video may be bigger than original one. In this test, the original video is only 5.9G, while the output video is 8.8GB.

Solution: compared with other setting options like pick up Small Size video quality, or choose lower Bit Rate.

Check the screenshot of compressed video here (30FPS, high resolution):

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6. Different Bit Rate like 512kbps, 1000kbps and 3000kbps

We mentioned to change the Bit Rate in Test Three and Five when the final video enlarged the original one, which can’t achieve the compress purpose. Therefore we may pay more attention on this test. Let’s check one by one.

Test Six - 512KBPS -The compressed video size is 706.7MB, it takes 04:11:48 to complete this task.

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1000KBPS – The final video size is 1.2GB, it takes 04:24:35 to complete this task.

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3000KBPS – The layout video size is 3.4GB, it takes 05:44:31 to complete this task.

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No matter which Bit Rate you choose, it can change the video size to some extent.

Check the screenshot of compressed video here (1000KBPS, 920*480, though you set it as high resolution, it turns to 920*480 to achieve better result in the compressed video):

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7. Change Audio Sample Rate from 22050 Hz to 48000 Hz

Test Seven - there are 4 Audio Sample Rates users can change to compress videos to different size. Here we only try 22050 as example.

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Import the video and then set up Audio Sample Rate to 22050 Hz and keep others default. However, there is nothing happened for this change. Under this situation, you may need to change other parameters to step forward. Therefore, users can’t tell the differences from the original video.

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8. Vary Audio Bit Rate from 64 kbps to 320 kbps

When change Audio Bit Rate, like Audio Sample Rate, there is none any changes in setting preview. However, it matters a lot if you want to compress your video to MP3 file.

Test Eight –change the output format to MP3

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Click Settings, there will be brand-new setting window different from any previous test.

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Here we can compare the 64KBPS with 320KBPS:

Setting Before After 1 After 2
Format
MP4
MP3
MP3
Size
5.9GB
70.7MB
353.4MB
Duration
02:34:23
02:34:23
02:34:23
Resolution
1920*1080
N/A
N/A
Estimate Time to Complete

00:19:54
00:25:55
Audio Bit Rate
Keep Original
64 KBPS
320KBPS

Conclusion:

There are at least 8 ways for you to compress videos with Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate, each two ways can be combined to be a new way. There are many friendly designs to help green hands to master this skill within several minutes. Discover more ways to compress videos with this software and we are waiting for your suggestions and creative ideas.

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chiq
i did forget to mention that an fps of 23.976 would yield a qf of 0.101. i sincerely hope this answers your question (at least settings-wise).
chiq
50 mb? okay... output resolution would be 176x132 with a video bitrate of 56 kbits/sec (qf of 0.101). assuming that this is a 2-hour movie, this should yield a 50 mb h264/mp4 file. oh i almost forgot, you\'d have to remove audio to do this.
Javier Galan
I have a bunch of videos on hand now, I merely realized there would be a way to compress them, you did help me a lot.
Liza_Brown
Hi, wickrama lasantha, use the method describled above. However, for your case, you\'d better to cut some unnecessary part first, so that you won\'t sacrifice too much quality. Hope it works for you. Best regards,
twitter-869397248
Hey, thanks! I just compressed a filewith no hassle-loved your tutorial. I ve been searching for options since the last few days.
twitter-869397061
Thanks, but how to compress a file with 700 MB (for example) to 50 MB?
twitter-869392561
There are also Video converters in which u can compress videos to smaller sizes without losing its quality to a small extent
twitter-869381300
This is a good alternative method
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