How Do I Reduce the Quality of a Video in VLC?

Are you dealing with a large video file that’s taking up too much space on your device? Or perhaps you want to upload a video to the internet, but the file size is too big?

If so, reducing the quality of the video can be a great solution. And with VLC media player, it’s a straightforward process.

What is VLC Media Player?

VLC media player is a free and open-source multimedia player that can play almost any type of video or audio file. It’s available for Windows, Mac, Linux, and even mobile devices.

VLC also offers some advanced features, including the ability to convert and reduce the quality of videos. In this article, we’ll focus on the latter.

Steps to Reduce Video Quality in VLC

Here are the steps to reduce the quality of a video in VLC media player:

Step 1: Open VLC Media Player

If you haven’t installed VLC on your device yet, you can download it from their official website. Once installed, open it up.

Step 2: Open Your Video File

Click on “Media” in the top menu bar and select “Open File.” Then navigate to your video file and click “Open.”

Step 3: Go to Convert/Save Option

Once your video is playing in VLC, click on “Media” again and select “Convert/Save.” You can also use the shortcut key Ctrl+R (for Windows users).

Step 4: Select Your Video Profile

In the Convert window that opens up, click on “Profile” and select a lower quality setting from the options provided. The lower quality settings will have smaller file sizes.

You can also manually adjust some settings like resolution or frame rate by clicking on “Edit Selected Profile.” But be careful not to reduce the quality too much, or the video may become unwatchable.

Step 5: Choose Destination File and Start Conversion

Once you’ve selected your video profile, click on “Browse” to choose where you want to save the new file. Then click on “Start” to begin the conversion process.

The time it takes to convert your video depends on its original size and quality, as well as your device’s processing power.


Reducing the quality of a video in VLC media player is an easy way to decrease its file size without losing too much in terms of visual clarity. By following these simple steps, you can quickly convert your videos into smaller files that are easier to manage and share.