Now that 2k and 4k resolution videos are starting to pick up popularity, the storage requirement has also increased exponentially. Devices with limited storage often run out of space with even a modest number of videos stored on board. Video size can be compressed but at a minor cost. This method will help you reduce the size of your videos to half with only a slight loss of quality. Most of the times the loss of quality is not even noticeable.
The following method will enable you to reduce size your videos to half using a software called Handbrake. This software also doubles as a video converter so you can convert your videos to different formats and also extract audio out of them.
- Install Handbrake for Windows.
- Open Handbrake.
- Click ‘Source’. Browse to your file and select it.
- Click browse and select your destination.
- Choose a file format. Preferably .mp4
- Choose a preset based on the output you desire
- In the ‘Video’ tab set the following values. Increasing RF factor decreases quality(21-23 is generally preferred for HD quality). You can select bitrate between 5000-10000 or leave it blank(higher bitrate=higher quality).
- In ‘Audio’ tab, Choose AAC audio format, 48 Hz sampling rate and 320 as your bitrate.
- Click ‘Start’ to begin compression. Wait until the process is complete.
The final size of the video depends on the source file itself. For eg., if the source file has already been compressed before, the size reduction won’t be significant. Also, this is just a quick run through the settings. You may try different settings to achieve better results. Here’s a link that explains different video formats and some terms that you may come across in Handbrake.
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