MOV Compressor: How to Compress MOV to a Smaller Size on Mac/Windows PC

In our daily life, it's very common and convenient to share digital videos by way of uploading for better visual enjoyment. If you have piles of commercial or homemade MOV (QuickTimoe) movies and videos on hard drive, memory card, or shot MOV videos by iPhone iPad and would like to reduce MOV files size to play smoothly on iPhone iPad, send to friends via email or upload to video sites, for space saving, this tutorial relevant for "How to Reduce and Compress MOV File Size with top MOV compressor" must fit the bill. 

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Best Software to Compress MOV Files on Mac and Windows PC 

File compression is an important and common task users frequently ask of their computers. Reducing a file's size makes it easier to email or place on a flash drive. It also reduces bandwidth usage and the time required to move a file between computers, For MOV video compressions, here are some MOV compressor suggestions:

1. WinZip and WinRAR

WinZip and WinRAR are two of the most popular file compression tools. Both of them are commercial shareware products. But does not actually create new media in a more compact format, rather, they just compress it.

2. Handbrake

Handbrake is a totally free open-sourced video transcoder for you to compress MOV on Windows, Mac and Linux. Definitely the lower quality/faster converting speed you set, the smaller MOV video size you'll get. However, if you need to compress MOV to FLV or other formats with preset profile, Handbrake may not be a suitable choice

3. iMovie

iMovie is a video editing tool to downsize MOV files into desired format that owns quite smaller file size. And for Windows users, Windows movie maker is a similar way to go. Resort to the detailed tutorial for MOV video reduction and compression with them. Also, kindly note that in iMovie has its own supported format for importing, otherwise you need to convert MOV on Mac with a top Mac video converter at first.

4. Dimo Video Converter Ultimate for Mac

In order to retain video quality and at the same time reduce size when you compress a large MOV (QuickTime) video file, the best solution to compress MOV is to use such encoding technologies which are lossless or lossy to an extent where the human eye can't find much difference in the video. In such situations, the 3-in-1 MOV video compressor, video editor and parameter adjuster- Dimo Video Converter Ultimate for Mac is recommended, which can compress MOV (QuickTime) files to smaller size in a flash with loss-less quality. 

Get the Best Mac MOV Video Compressor: 

  • Easy to master but comprehensive settings satisfies your MOV compression requirement
  • Additional editing funtions help you to personalize your MOV video before compression
  • Compress MOV to as many formats, resolutions, codecs and bit rates as you want
  • Directly downsize MOV to iPhone/iPad/iPod touch playable formats and resolutions
  • Reduce MOV size for web sharing onto YouTube/Facebook/Vimeo with optimized presets
  • Compress MOV files in an extremelly fast speed
  • Multi-task support enables you to compress several MOV videos at a time. 
  • Support compression of almost all video formats, including MP4, AVI, MKV, MOV, MPG, MTS, MXF, XAVC, TiVo, VOB, etc.
  • Make ISO from MOV videos if you want. 
  • Perfectly compatible macOS 10.7 and later. 

For windows users, please turn to Dimo Video Converter Ultimate which works well on Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista.

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Guide to Convert and Compress MOV Files with top MOV compressor

Step 1. Add MOV video files you need to compress 

At first, please import your videos into this program with drag and drop method. By the way, you can also achieve that by going to click "Add File" button. You are able to compress several files at one time by adding multiple MOV files one by one.

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Step 2. Ready to compress MOV video 

Solution 1: Select a proper output format to reduce the video size

Format is a matter influencing on the file size. MOV files are usually larger than other files due to high compression rate. Converting MOV with other format with smaller file size is workable. MP4, M4V, or FLV is likely to render smaller size file, especially FLV (for uploading to web). > Check YouTube Supported Upload Music Video Formats 

To do it, click the format image of each video item to access output format list, and then choose a desirable video format.

Or directly convert and compress mov for playing on iPhone/iPad/Android or sharing to YouTube/Vimeo/Facebook by selecting desired devices or online sites. Only one click you can realize uploading and playing, thanks to its built-in profiles. 

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Solution 2: Reduce MOV File Size by Adjusting Video Parameters 

Reducing mov file size by resetting its parameters depends on the following elements: codec, compress bit rate, resolution and the container, which together distribute the video file size. 

Resolution: The lower width * height/resolution is, the smaller MOV video will be. (with other parameters unchanged) 

Note: For HD MOV video, as high as 1920*1080P, it's recommended to reduce to 1280X720, 640×480, 640×360, and more resolutions to make MOV file smaller. Generally, 640×480 is highly recommended as it is suitable for most mobile devices (iPhone, iPad, Android) and fits for many websites (YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo), provided you don't care much about the artifacts of the compressed file.

Bitrate: Setting lower bit rate can achieve smaller video size. But please don't make it too low, otherwise the image quality can be really bad. We suggest you lowering the bit rate 20-30% of the original file. 

Frame rate: With regard to frame rate, it has a lot to do with the file size. the lower frame rate, the smaller size you will get, and vice versa. Set it to slow down or speed up your playing speed. Generally, value above 20 makes little difference. 

Video Codec: While you compress video files, choosing a right codec will be important. Mostly, H.264 is the preferred codec for uploading videos for streaming further.

In this step, please click "Setting". In the resulting window, lower the value of resolution (important), bit rate and/or frame rate with this parameter adjustor to lower the bit rate, resolution, and other settings to get the lower size.

Solution 3:Reduce MOV File Size by Trimming/Cropping Video 

This is a conservative way to compress MOV video by cutting unnecessary part off, remaining less video content with the original quality, or cropping annoying black bars for playback video in full screen. You can also rotate, add effects/watermark to your MOV videos and make 3D at will.

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Step 3. Save MOV video after compression 

Check the estimated size and if you're satisfied with it, click the "Start" button to compress MOV video to a smaller size. At last, I wanna say, after video file size shrinking, you're capable of using a free media player - 8K Player for Mac/Win to play compressed videos and make use of Dimo media server- Video Converter Ultimate for Mac to free share video from Mac/Windows to iPhone, iPad, TV, projector, etc.

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