Compress Your Videos

You’re a big shot.
You made your own video.
It’s 3 minutes long. It’s a 1.2 gigabyte file. Gigabyte.
In case you didn’t know, that’s huge.

Try uploading that to YouTube and you’ll see what it means to watch paint dry. It’s really long. It will take a really long time.

Used to be that video sharing sites would not allow you to upload such a large file. They simply didn’t have the bandwidth. Now, it’s different. You can upload it, but you really don’t want to.

Here’s what you need to do to convert your enormous file into something manageable while at the same time maintaining the highest quality.

You need to compress it. Like when you stuff a sleeping bag into a tight square of a package. It takes you forever to flatten and squeeze the fabric so it squooshes in. Most often, you can’t figure out how such a huge sleeping bag got into such a tiny carrying case. Same thing with video files.

There are different programs that will allow you to squeeze your video file into a moderately sized packet. Two that I use are Stomp and DV Kitchen.

You can buy them online. The key however is knowing what recipe to use to get the best crystal clear video from your formula. A 1.2 Gb file will be compressed to something between 35 Mb and 50 Mb. Much more manageable and easier to upload.

What are you waiting for? Go edit your videos and then make sure to compress them.

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