When editing and uploading your videos, one thing that is sure to induce frustration is realizing that your video file size is too large to work on video platforms. Many of these platforms have a limit on how big your video file can be, unless you shell out some money to get a larger limit.

No one wants to have to pay just so you can get your video out there to see, and luckily, there are simple ways you can reduce your file size without having to worry about losing the quality you need. Here's how to do so right in your browser:

  1. Go to Resize Video Tool.
  2. Change Video Dimensions.
  3. Change the Video Quality.
  4. Export & Publish Your Video.

Step One: Go to Resize Video Tool

The Kapwing Resize Video tool will help get your file size down. 

If you head over to the Kapwing Resize Video tool, you will see the screen to get started. Here, you can choose to start over by selecting “Get Started”, which will let you start a video from scratch. Or you can upload your own video that is already made with “Upload File”.

Finally, you can choose to paste a video URL in the “Paste a URL” bar. This will allow you to take any video online and put it into the tool.

It doesn’t matter which option you choose, as you can then go on to the next step.

Step Two: Change Video Dimensions

Changing your dimensions in Kapwing. 

Once you are in the Kapwing editor, you will have a couple options to reduce your file size, the first of which is to change the dimensions of your video.

On the right side of your screen, you will see a bunch of options under the “Canvas” tab. The first set of things to change is the video’s Output Size. You have a set of standard sizes to choose from, such as 1:1 and 16:9.

However, you can click on “Custom Size” which will bring up a window for you to completely adjust the size to your liking. Here, you have some more standard sizes to choose from, depending on what platform you’re uploading your video.

You can customize your video's dimensions in Kapwing. 

The best part, though, is that you can customize your ratio however you want in the “Height” and “Width” boxes. You can bring the video’s ratio down however you want.

Adjusting the dimensions of the video will help reduce the size of the eventual file size.

Step Three: Change the Video Quality

The second thing you can do to reduce your file size is to change the video quality for when you export the video from Kapwing.

Going to Settings will allow you to change the video's quality. 

In order to do so, click on the “Settings” icon in the upper-right corner of the screen. This will bring up a handful of options that you can change for your video, including “Video Quality”.

Standard quality will reduce your size. 

There are two options for you here: “High” and “Standard”. By choosing “Standard”, you are dropping the resolution of the video down to 720p, which will help the file size be lowered than it would if you chose “High”.

Plus, it makes the processing faster when you export so you get your video faster.

Step Four: Export & Publish Your Video

Clicking on "Export Video" will send your video to processing.

Speaking of processing and exporting your video, it’s time to do so by looking in the top-right corner of the screen. Here, click on “Export Video” and Kapwing will begin to process the video.

The video will be processed on Kapwing's cloud services. 

Once the video is finished exporting, you can find it in your workspace where you can rename it, make any changes you want, and download it to your computer. With everything we went over before this, when you download the video, you will have a smaller, more compact video file to use.

Hopefully, these steps will get you past that file size limit and help you get your video where you want to put it. Just keep tweaking the dimensions and size of your video and you will get it right where you need it to be.


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