How to Compress H264 File

H.264 files are video codec standard files that are largely known for their superiority in terms of compression efficiency. Many such videos are created using camcorders and aired on HDTV channel or contained in Blu-ray discs that support the advanced format while guaranteeing high quality as compared to extremely lower bitrates. Sadly, there are times when we need to upload video files to the web or store them but there are too big.

How one compresses a video file or the form it takes after compression makes a great difference both in terms of end quality and the duration to takes to complete compression. There are many video compression tools that can be used to compress H.264 files. One such tool is the Wondershare Video Converter.

Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate allows users to convert not only convert videos but also copy DVDs, undertake simple editing, create videos and share them online. Additionally, the tool allows users to create compressed videos into formats that are compatible with multiple devices. It is an easy to use tool with a friendly user interface.

Typically, when the software is started, it searches for updates before finally loading the dashboard. The dashboard, as shown in screenshot above reveals multiple features that the tool can accomplish. At the topmost bar, there are options to convert, burn and download videos. In the bar below are options to add files, load DVD and output format. These are functionality keys that are important in accomplishing the conversion process. Below re important steps to follow in compression of H264 files using Wondershare Video Converter.

interface

Step 1: Adding files

Assuming the software is already open and the default interface shown in the screenshot above is open, the first step is to add the H.264 files to be compressed. There are two ways through which the files can be added.

In the first option, a user can click the software’s "Add Files" button. This will open a dialogue box that will then be used to locate the H.264 source videos as shown below.

add files

Alternatively, users can simply drag and drop their H.264 files directly to the application’s primary window. By simply dragging and dropping the files, users can import various files by simply selecting the files, holding down the control key and dragging them to the application’s user interface. After the file(s) have been displayed as a thumbnail(s) in item tray, user can arrange them as desired. It should be noted that the application allow for conversion of video files into multiple formats and in the process compressing them.

Step 2: Choosing the desired output format and device

The output format determines the new size of the file. There are multiple formats from which users can select as shown below.

formats

Other than the format, users can also select the device for which the compressed files are intended. The devices supported are listed with all leading brands taken into consideration. Gaming devices are also included and depending on the device you choose, the software will corresponding recommend an appropriate format for conversion and compression to match the device parameters and compatibility.

device

Step 3: Choose the settings

Once the format or target device has been set, users can then select the appropriate setting for the movie. Settings directly impact on the end product after compression. There are multiple format options that a user can opt for. Users can manually personalize various parameters including bit rate, frame rate, or resolution, among others. Users should bear in mind that extremely low parameters, potentially lead to smaller file sizes and low video quality. Settings can be easily accessing using the settings button included in the software.

setting

Step 4: Choose out file location

By now you are probably ready to start compression. Nonetheless, take a moment and think, where would you want the output file to be located. Users can easily select the desired output folder from the bottom bar.

fine location

Step 5: Start conversion

Once you are accomplished all the previous steps, then you are ready to go. You can now click the convert button and patiently wait as your movie is converted and in the process, compressed to a smaller size. It should be noted that the software is very efficient in compression of videos and one can easily monitor the remaining duration during the process. To view the compressed file, one can easily click on the view file option and select the converted file.

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