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How to Compress a .MOV File Quickly and Easily

  • Step 1. Download, install, and run VideoProc
  • Step 2. Add the original MOV files to the program
  • Step 3. Select a more efficient format such as H.264
  • Step 4. (Optional) Customize the video parameters
  • Step 5. Export the compressed MOV video files
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How to Compress a MOV File for Free or Online

By Cecilia Hwung | Last Update:

Foreword: Are you struggling to post a large MOV on social media such as Instagram and Facebook? Have you ever wondered how to make a mov file smaller without hampering the quality? If the answer is yes, then you've come to the right place.

A video with .mov as the extension name is the MOV file. It's also known as QuickTime video. We want to make a MOV file smaller for various reasons, sometimes for freeing up the disk storage space, sometimes for fast sharing the video with friends via social media or emails, sometimes for a smoother playback experience, etc. Fortunately, there are many methods to make a .mov smaller, some of which can help compress a MOV file by 90% of the original size without ruining the quality.

1. How to Compress MOV File on Mac and Windows (The Best Way)

VideoProc Converter can compress, convert, and edit MOV video files that are encoded with ProRes, MPEG4, H.264, H.265, and hundreds of other codecs. It offers a one-click solution to reduce MOV video file size by over 90% without affecting the picture quality 👍. Advanced users can control the compression ratio, export quality, and everything else easily and precisely by customizing the video bitrate, frame rate, and other properties.

What's even better, this amazing MOV compressor is powered by the level-3 GPU acceleration tech which can compress 4K large MOV files at a speed 47x faster than the real-time playback.

Now let's download VideoProc Converter and then follow the steps below to compress MOV files with ease:

Step 1. Import MOV Files

Install, and launch up VideoProc Converter. Drag the source MOV file from the local disc onto this program.

Import MOV Files

Step 2. Compress MOV Files

Hit Target Format, click on General Profiles, and then scroll down to find a more effecient format such as MOV H.264 and HEVC. This can help you reduce the MOV file size by over 90% right off the bat.

Change Codec Properties to Compress Mov on Mac
Choose a More Effecient Format

Step 3. Adjust the Compression Parameters (Optional)

Hit the Codec option icone and then you can alter one or more compression parameters to further reduce the MOV file size.

  • Move the cursor on the quality slider to the left
  • Choose a smaller resolution such as HD 1080P and SD 720P
  • Use a lower frame rate such as 24Fps and 30Fps
  • Reduce the video bitrate to around 450Kbps ~ 6000Kpbs
  • Decrease the audio bitrate to around 320Kpbs
  • Remove the audio or convert the audio codec to AAC
Change Codec Properties to Compress Mov on Mac
Customize the MOV Properties

Step 4. Cut, Trim, Resize MOV Files (Optional)

You can also use the extra editing tools to make a MOV file smaller. Below are the 3 tools that we use most often:

  • Cut: cut out the unnecessary clips from the MOV file
  • Trim: trim off the redundant parts on the ends
  • Crop: chop off the uneeded frames and resize the aspect ratio to 1:1, 9:16, 16:9, 3:4...

You can get the Crop and Cut tool on the main interface. To locate the Trim tools, simply press the Toolbox icon. Press Done to confirm your editing decisions.

Step 5. Export the MOV File

Uncheck Auto Copy. Press Use Quality Engine to reduce MOV file size without quality loss.

Bonus: Check the video guide to learn how to compress a MOV file on Mac!

2. How to Compress MOV Files on Mac and Windows via VideoSolo

VideoSolo Video Converter Ultimate is a very powerful video editor. Among all the editing functions, its video compression feature is also very prominent. It helps you bulk compress video and audio files while maintaining very high output quality. During the compression process, you can also compress the video directly by adjusting the compression ratio and file size. In addition, depending on your needs, you can set the format, bit rate, resolution and so on. Follow the simple tutorials to have a try.

Step 1. Launch VideoSolo Video Converter Ultimate, then go to the "Toolbox" and choose "Video Compressor".

Step 2. Simply click "+" to add the MOV files that you want to compress.

Step 3. After adding the MOV files, you can go to "Change Source File" to adjust the file size and compress ratio according to your own needs. (Optional)

Step 4. After all the settings, you can click "Compress" to begin compressing the MOV files freely.

Compress MOV Video with VideoSolo
Compress MOV Video with VideoSolo

3. How to Compress MOV File on Mac in QuickTime Player

Mac users? You're in luck as you can use the pre-build QuickTime Player to reduce MOV file size on Mac for free.

Though I have to admit this media player has a very limited range of compression features. With it, you can't enter the exact bitrate value or frame rate value to make a .mov file smaller. From our test, QuickTime Player can work without errors only when being used to decrease MOV (MPEG-2/4 and H.264) files. Worse still, compressing a .mov video on Mac via QuickTime Player somewhat will cause horrible quality loss.

Step 1. Launch up QuickTime Player on your Mac.

Step 2. Press File on the top menu bar to find Import. Click this to feed the MOV file to QuickTime Player.

Step 3. Navigate to the menu bar and choose File again. Choose Export As from the drop-down menu of File.

Step 4. From the 5 options (4K, 1080P, 720P, 480P, and audio only), select the one that is lower than the original resolution.

Reduce MOV File Size with QuickTime
Reduce MOV File Size with QuickTime

4. How to Compress MOV Files on Mac in iMovie

Mac users can also take advantage of iMovie to compress MOV file size for free. This easy video editor can reduce the MOV file to half to the original size or even smaller. However, it is not the perfect solution to condense the MOV file for two reasons. In a nod to beginners, iMovie simplified the quality control options a lot, offering you only rough options like Low, Faster, and Medium to downsize the MOV file.

Besides, iMovie is a CPU-oriented program that might take around 90% of your CPU resource to compress MOV video to a smaller size. Anyway, let's take a look at the answer to how do I reduce the file size of a .MOV in iMovie.

Step 1. Open up iMovie. Press Project, click on the plus button on the top left of the window, and then you select Movie. Choose No Theme on the pop-up query box. Afterward, select Create.

Step 2. Drag and drop the file that comes with .mov as the extension name to iMovie.

Step 3. Press File on the top menu bar, choose Share and select Export File.

Step 4. Now you've come to the setting panel for your video. There are 4 options to shrink the MOV video file size.

Step 5. According to your demand, you can choose a resolution lower than the original MOV file; pick the desired quality level since the higher quality level equals a larger file size; set Faster as the compressed mode.

Compress MOV with iMovie
Compress MOV Video to Smaller Size with iMovie

Step 6. Choose Next. Enter the name for the output file and define an output file folder. Next, you press Save.

5. How to Compress MOV Files Online in Freeconvert

Freeconvert can compress MOV file less than 1GB to 60+ formats in relatively fast speed. Moreover, this handy online MOV compressor allows you to adjust the bitrate, codec, and several other parameters, so you have different ways to make a MOV file smaller on Mac and Windows.

Step 1. Open Freeconvert on your browser.

Step 2. Hit File, and then you chose the MOV file you want to compress for importing to the app.

Step 3. Choose MOV, MP4, or another format as the result video file type.

Step 4. Choose the tool icon to navigate yourself to the Advanced Options page.

Step 5. Select H265 as the Video Codec. Afterward, you can compress the size of the MOV file by selecting:

  • Target a file size (Percentage) and then moving the size slider left.
  • Target a file size (MB) and then entering the desired output MOV file size.
  • Target a video quality/resolution/bitrate and then adjusting the corresponding value.
Compress MOV Video Online with Freeconvert
Create a New Sequence in Premiere

Step 6. Hit Apply Setting. Press Compress Now to compress MOV video file online.

6. How to Compress MOV Files Online in PS2PDF

PS2PDF Video Compressor offers a flexible way for people to compress MOV files online for free. The feature I love most about this online toolkit is it allows you to reduce the MOV file size by percentage. Surely, you can still adjust the resolution and constant rate factor to get a high quality compressed MOV file.

Unfortunately, PS2PDF cannot compress large MOV files. From our test, it won't recognize a MOV file with a size larger than 250MB. Another disappointing thing is the support of MOV output is absent. The extension of the video file will change from .mov to .webm or .mp4 after the compression.

Step 1. Visit the official site of the PS2PDF compressor on your browser, press File.

Step 2. Choose Select From Disk, Select From Dropbox (Fast), or Select From Google Drive (Fast) to import the MOV to the online MOV video compressor from local disk, Dropbox, or Google Drive.

Add MOV File to the PS2PDF Online Compressor
Add MOV File to the PS2PDF Online Compressor

Step 3. Choose MP4 or WBEM as the output file container and select H.264 as the video codec.

Step 4. On the setting panel of Output Quality And File Size, you can make some adjustments for a better yield out.

  • Choose By Percentage as File Size, move the cursor on the quality slider to adjust the compression ratio.
  • Choose By Preset Quality, select the favored preset to shrink the MOV. A faster preset usually refers to a smaller outcome video size. You'll also need to assign a proper value for Content Rate Factor. Note: the smaller the content rate factor value, the slower the MOV compression speed.
Compress MOV File Online with PS2PDF
Compress MOV with PS2PDF

Step 5. Press Compress Now to start to reduce the MOV file size online.


What Is a MOV File?

Wonder what is a MOV file or is QuickTime movie the same as MOV? Below information might shed up a light for you.

  1. Apple initially created MOV in 1998 as a container format to use in QuickTime player.
  2. A MOV file or the file with .mov as the extension is QuickTime(QT) file format.
  3. The data inside a MOV file might include video compressed in codecs like HEVC, MPEG-4, and H.264/AVC, audio codec compressed in codecs like AAC and MP3, and countless other media data.

Why Is My MOV File So Big?

MOV is a video container format which has nothing to do with the final file size. The thing that makes your MOV file large is the media data inside the capsule. A MOV can hold video data encoded by the advanced lossy codec like HEVC and H.264, the lossless codecs like Motion JPEG, and the low compression efficient codecs like Apple ProRes and Cinepak. Since the big file size is one of the key features of the latter two codecs, it's no surprise your MOV file is bulky.

About The Author

Cecilia Hwung is the marketing manager of Digiarty Software and the editor-in-chief of VideoProc team. She pursues common progress with her team and expects to share more creative content and useful information to readers. She has strong interest in copywriting and rich experience in video editing tips.

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