How to Shrink Video Files for USB

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How to Shrink Video Files for USB
Windows Live Movie Maker allows you to compress your videos small enough so they fit on a USB drive. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

The data storage capacity of USB thumb drives is increasing constantly, but video files are so large that they sometimes need to be compressed before they can fit on a USB drive. Some DVD and Blue Ray players, such as the Sony Play Station 3, can play movie files that are put on a USB drive.You can use free video editors, such as Windows Live Movie Maker, to reduce the size of your videos so they fit onto your USB drive.

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Things you need

  • Windows Live Movie Maker

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Open Windows Live Movie Maker.

  2. 2

    Click "Home" in the upper-right corner of the screen and click "Add Videos and Photos."

  3. 3

    Navigate to where your video is located, select it and click "Open."

  4. 4

    Click "Movie Maker" at the upper-right corner of the window, click "Save movie," then click "Create custom setting."

  5. 5

    Name your setting "USB" in the window that pops up. Change "Width" to 320 and "Height" to 240.

  6. 6

    Change "Bit Rate" to 2000 and "frame rate" to 20. Click "Save," then click "Close."

  7. 7

    Click "Movie Maker" at the upper-right corner of the window, click "Save movie," then click "USB" under "Custom Settings." Navigate to where your USB device is on your computer and save your file.

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