Decrease Video Filesize or Else

Video can cause all kinds of headaches for animators. While Abode Creative Cloud has some good tools for conversion to just about any format (except WMV on the Mac…what’s up with that?), there are times that you just want to decrease video filesize.

Many of my videos can easily run over a gig uncompressed, and getting those to anyone for review is practically impossible. I recently found an easy trick with a free tool that takes the headache out of compression.

The following steps will greatly decrease video filesize without much loss in quality (if there is a quality loss, I can’t tell).
Download Handbrake for the Mac or Windows, install, then follow these steps:

  1. handbrakeSelect your source video.
  2. Change Constant Quality to 20.
  3. Make sure the Source Dimensions match the Output Dimensions.

 

Occasionally Handbrake tries to automatically crop your video.If the dimensions are different, follow these steps to reset the cropping:

  1. Click Picture Settings.<img class="size-medium wp-image-55 alignright" src="http://howtomakeanimations.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/handbrake2-300×191.png" alt="handbrake2" width="300" height="191" srcset="http://howtomakeanimations.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/handbrake2-300×191 cialis in polen kaufen.png 300w, http://howtomakeanimations.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/handbrake2.png 532w” sizes=”(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px” />
  2. Click the Custom radio button.
  3. Change all values to 0.

Usually this can take a one gig file to less than 100 MB. If the quality is not satisfactory, you might need to play around with the Constant Quality setting.

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