How to compress a .mov file.

This article explains how to simply and seamlessly reduce the size of a video file.

Working with video files can sometimes be a little tricky — especially when it comes to compressing or resizing a certain file to fit your needs. If you’ve ever wondered how to compress a .mov file, this article is for you. Keep reading to learn more about video compression and file resizing.

Why you might need to reduce .mov file sizes.

Because large files are often hard to work with on certain devices, knowing how to resize video files can be beneficial to video editing and your workflow.

Smaller videos can help improve your workflow but, as importantly, they can make a difference to your viewers. Typically, high-resolution files won’t play well for those viewing on older PCs, slower Wi-Fi connections, or smartphones.

Compress a .mov file in a few easy steps.

Knowing how to resize and compress these videos while ensuring that you maintain a video’s quality and dimensions sounds complicated but with the right software it can be pretty simple. Here’s a step-by-step guide for compressing .mov files using, for example, Adobe’s Media Encoder.

  • Bring your large 4k files into Media Encoder
  • Choose the files you want to reduce —apply a preset that uses a smaller resolution.
  • Create a new folder for your proxy files.
  • Select an output location for your reduced-sized proxy files.

This simple four step process ensures that you can reduce your .mov files without losing resolution.

Learn more about video editing.

Once you learn how to reduce the size of a video file, you’re more than ready to start tackling other video editing and exporting tasks. Learn more about video to enhance your skills and create cutting-edge content.

Explore what more you can do with Adobe Premiere Pro to edit and enhance your videos today.