How Do I Compress a Video to Standard Quality?

Are you struggling with large video files that take up too much space on your device or take forever to upload? It might be time to compress your video files. In this tutorial, we will discuss how to compress a video to standard quality.

Why Compress a Video?

Before we dive into how to compress a video, let’s discuss why it’s important. There are several reasons why you may need to compress a video:

  • To save storage space on your device
  • To reduce the time it takes for the video to upload or download
  • To make it easier to share the video through email or social media
  • To ensure the video is compatible with different devices and platforms

How to Compress a Video

There are various tools and software available that can help you compress your videos. However, for this tutorial, we will focus on using the built-in compression feature in Windows and Mac.

Compressing a Video on Windows:

1. Right-click on the video file you want to compress and select ‘Properties’
2. Click on the ‘Details’ tab and scroll down until you see ‘Dimensions’
3. Note down the dimensions of the video (e.g., 1920 x 1080)

Open ‘File Explorer’ and navigate to where you want to save the compressed file
5. Right-click on an empty space in the folder and select ‘New’ -> ‘Text Document’
6. Rename the text document with a new name but keep ‘.txt’ at the end (e., myvideo.txt)
7. Open the text document and paste in the following command:

ffmpeg -i “C:\path\to\your\video.mp4” -vf scale=1280:-1 -c:v libx264 -crf 24 -preset veryslow -c:a copy “C:\path\to\your\compressed\video.mp4”

Replace ‘C:\path\to\your\video.mp4’ with the path to your original video file and ‘C:\path\to\your\compressed\video.mp4’ with the path to where you want to save the compressed video file. Also, change the ‘scale’ value (1280 in this example) to the new width of your compressed video.

8. Save and close the text document

Rename the file extension from ‘.txt’ to ‘.bat’ (e.bat)
10. Double-click on the .bat file and wait for the compression process to finish

Compressing a Video on Mac:

1. Open ‘QuickTime Player’
2. Click on ‘File’ -> ‘Open File’ and select the video you want to compress

Click on ‘File’ -> ‘Export As’
4. In the export options, select a lower resolution and frame rate
5. Click on ‘Save’

Tips for Compressing Videos

  • Avoid compressing videos more than once as this can result in a significant loss of quality
  • Try different compression settings until you find one that meets your needs
  • Consider using an online video compressor tool if you don’t want to use built-in features or software
  • Always backup your original video files before compressing them


Compressing a video can save you storage space, reduce upload/download time, and make it easier to share your videos with others. By following the steps outlined in this tutorial, you can compress your videos to standard quality without losing too much quality. Remember to try different compression settings until you find the one that works best for you and always backup your original video files.