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Best tools for Compressing Video File Size | Online and Offline options

by Felix Omondi
compressing video file size

You know what they say, if there are no pictures, it probably didn’t happen. That seems to be the mantra of social media, and the reason why from the second we wake up in the morning until we go back to bed. We are always posting pictures on social media.

However, the craze for pictures is fading, people want infortainment. That can best be delivered through a video. A video enables your follower to get the first-row seat to how the event unfolded. The problem with videos, is they are often too big to upload on your end, and again too big to download for viewing on your followers’ end.

The fact that our smartphone and tablet camera have been getting powerful over the years does very little to help you capture footage small in size. Not that we are complaining of the HD and 4K recording capabilities on our phone, but it sure would be nice if we could have the great video quality and have the files small enough for uploads and downloads.

Tools to help you shrink video files size

In this article, we are going to share some tips that will help you capture those quality video footage, shrink their file size, for quick upload and download experience. This list has both online and offline tools so you can pick whichever option that suits your need. These tools are as follows:

Clipchamp online tool: An online conversion option known for handling multiple videos (batch processing) and has a good set of feature for a rich conversion experience. Though it does leave a watermark on the videos converted, but that can be removed by subscribing to the premium package. This tool also gives you instant video recording on your browser as well as video editing tool. The tool also handles 4K video conversion quite gracefully.
AnyVideo Converter: This tool can convert video from YouTube and other popular online video platforms including Facebook, Metacafe, Vimeo, and others. It works both online and offline as well as the option to rip audio off CDs and DVDs.

The application supports a wide range of video formats and comes with tailor-made profiles for each device you will use to access the service.

VideoSmaller (Web): This is probably the most convenient video compressing tool on this list. Though it is an online application and your internet subscription will probably feel the weight of the videos you will be compressing, but it is completely free for use and has an impressive algorithm behind it.

To use it, simply browse and upload the video file you want to be compressed. You can then choose between having the video compressed to the lowest possible point without the quality going down. It also gives you the ability to scale the video to a width of your liking. It also gives you an exciting feature “Removes audio from video.”

Free Video Converter: This app runs offline and handles batch video conversion. It converts wide array video formats such as MP4, AVI, MPEG, and MP3. The biggest downside to this app is that you need to pay to get the watermarks off the videos.
Handbrake Video Converter: It supports the broadest range of video platforms and comes bundled up inside an open source platform. It features video cropping, frame rate adjustments and presets, and advanced filtering. This app started off as a Mac-only offer, and later extended to Windows, so it is entirely not well adapted to the PCs, and new users will find it a steep learning curve.


Airy is easily the best Video Downloader for Mac that downloads videos from YouTube in MP4, 3GP, FLV, and MP3 formats. It has so many essential features at the same time being easy and light. And additionally to all perks it offers, Airy can extract MP3 from YouTube videos. If you need to download the complete playlist or even a complete YouTube channel, Airy will handle it effortlessly. Private videos are also downloadable with this app.

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