How to Compress Mov Files to a Smaller Size

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How to Compress Mov Files to a Smaller Size
MOV files can be compressed into smaller file sizes with downloadable software. (making movie image by bright from

A MOV file is a video file type created by Apple for use in their QuickTime Video Player. Depending on the length and quality of the movie, these file sizes can be quite large which makes them unable to be uploaded to the Internet or sent as e-mail attachments. Reducing the file size can aide in this virtual sharing, but it requires the download of additional programs.

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Things you need

  • Computer with Internet Access
  • MOV file

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  1. 1

    Download the K-lite Codec Mega Pack (see Resources). It is a free download and it will allow you to play all movie formats on your computer with virtually any movie player.

  2. 2

    Download Virtual Dub by clicking the green download button (see Resources). Virtual Dub is a video editing software that will be used for the compression, and the download is free.

  3. 3

    Open Virtual Dub after it has downloaded. Click "File" then "Open" from the top tool bar menu, and select your video for compression.

  4. 4

    Select "Video" from the top tool bar menu, and select "Compression." Alternatively, you may click "Ctrl" and "P" simultaneously on the keyboard. This is the shortcut for file compression in Virtual Dub. A "Select Video Compression" window will appear. Choose "Xvid MPEG-4 Codec" from the list on the left hand side of the window. Click "OK" to finish compression.

  5. 5

    Select "File" then "Save As" on the top tool bar menu of Virtual Dub. Select a new location and file name on your hard drive for our compressed video.

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