How can I reduce the size of a video without losing quality Mac?

Answered by Douglas Hiatt

To reduce the size of a video without losing quality on a Mac, you can follow these steps:

1. Open the video file you want to compress on your Mac using a video editing software or a media player that allows you to export or convert videos.

2. Go to the “File” menu and select the “Share” option. This will typically give you various sharing options, including the ability to compress the video.

3. Choose the “File” option from the sharing menu. This will allow you to save the compressed video file to your desired location on your Mac.

4. In the next window, you will see different settings to adjust the compression options. These settings will vary depending on the software you are using, but generally, you will have options to adjust the resolution, quality, and compress speed of the video.

5. Start by selecting a lower resolution for the video. If the original video is in 1080p (Full HD), you can try reducing it to 720p (HD) or even lower if necessary. Lower resolutions require less file size and can significantly reduce the video’s size.

6. Next, adjust the quality settings. This will determine the level of compression applied to the video. Be cautious not to set the quality too low, as it can result in a noticeable loss of video quality. Experiment with different settings to find the right balance between file size and quality.

7. Some video editing software might offer an option to adjust the compress speed. This affects the time it takes to compress the video and can also impact the final file size. Higher compress speeds may result in slightly lower quality, so choose a speed that suits your needs.

8. Once you have adjusted the settings to your preference, choose a filename and location for the compressed video file. Make sure to select a location with sufficient storage space.

9. Click the “Save” or “Export” button to start the compression process. The time it takes to compress the video will depend on various factors, including the video’s original size, your Mac’s processing power, and the compress speed you have chosen.

10. After the compression is complete, you will have a smaller-sized video file with a reduced file size. You can now use this compressed video for sharing or storing purposes, as it will take up less space on your Mac or other devices.

Remember, compressing a video inherently involves some loss of quality, but by adjusting the settings carefully, you can minimize this loss while still achieving a significant reduction in file size. It’s always a good idea to make a backup of the original video file before compression, just in case you need it in the future.

I hope these steps help you in reducing the size of your video without losing too much quality on your Mac.