Monthly Archives: May 2013

Step by step to reduce video size on Windows/Mac

I often meet question about how to reduce video size. Question: I make a video with powerdirector and when I saved it, I saved it as AVI file, but the video is 4 minutes and it’s 900mb. I mean that is ridiculous, can you please tell me some way to convert the size?

I met the same situation before. I made a video about presentation of SnowFox total media converter. The video is 1 minute but the video size is 230mb. A file size that is very large will virtually prevent the video from being usable. It will be too large to email; it is not convenient to upload to video website; and it will slow download times if hosted on a website. So if you want to share your video online, it is a crucial step to reduce a video’s file size.

This article will show how to reduce video size step by step. I use SnowFox total media converter as tool to reduce my video size. Total media converter has Win and Mac version, here I will take the Win version as example.

Step 1 Add video to the total media converter

Click the “Add Video(s)” button on the upper left corner to add video to total media converter. Here , I import my video which size is 230mb to total media converter.

Step 2 Set up output settings

The size of AVI video usually is much large. Click the drop-down list of “Profile”, select “MP4 – H.264 AVC Video”. Because of high compression rate, MP4 format video size is smaller than AVI format video.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tips: To reduce video size, if you set up the smaller resolution, the video size will smaller. You can click the “Setting” button to set up the resolution.

Step 3 Convert the video
Click the “START” button to begin to convert the video. After conversion, the video size is only 6.24mb. We can see the video size has reduced largely. And the quality of the video can be kept as good as original video.

Download and convert YouTube video to FLV, AVI, MP4, MOV, M4V, 3GP with Firefox DownloadHelper

There are many ways to download YouTube video and enjoy offline. Using YouTube downloader software could download video from YouTube with high speed. If you don’t want to install downloader program in your computer, online video converter websites are also available to download YouTube video easily. For Firefox user, the plug-in DownloadHelper extension is very convenient to download video from YouTube.

First, you need to install Mozilla Firefox browser in your computer. Visit Mozilla Firefox website and download Firefox, if you have Firefox browser and skip this step.

Then run the Firefox browser and download and install DownloadHelper plug-in to Firefox. From the page http://www.downloadhelper.net/install.php, you can add DownloadHelper plug-in to Firefox with ease. Open the webpage and click the “Install” button of below picture.

When finishing installing DownloadHelper into Firefox, you will see DownloadHelper icon in the toolbar on top left corner of Firefox.

Let’s begin to download video from YouTube using DownloadHelper. Visit YouTube website and open the video you want to download. The DownloadHelper icon is running, click the drop-down list of icon, select the corresponding resolution and format of the video, waiting a while; DownloadHelper will download YouTube video to your computer folder.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note: Comparing to Firefox plug-in, SnowFox YouTube downloader HD perfectly freely download video from YouTube as MP4 format with excellent quality. It is very easy-to-use and you don’t need to install Firefox browser.

Usually, DownloadHelper download the YouTube video as flv format. If you want to convert the YouTube video to AVI, MP4, MOV, M4V, 3GP, WMV formats, the ConvertHelper complements Video DownloadHelper to convert your downloads to popular formats. You can visit the ConvertHelper help tutorial page. Or total media converter is optional tool to convert video to various formats including mp4, avi, 3gp, flv, m4v, mkv, mov, mpeg-1, mpeg-2, wmv, Xivd, Divx, flv, mkv, HD AVI Video (*.avi), HD WMV Video (*.wmv), HD MPEG-4 Video (*.mp4), HD MPEG-2 Video (*.mpg), HD H.264/AVC Video (*.mp4), AVI – H.264 Video, etc. What’s more, total media converter combines DVD ripper function. It can easily rip DVD to other format and enjoy on iPhone5, iPad 4, Samsung Galaxy S4, Windows Phone, PSP, etc.