An easy-to-use AVI video compressor

If you’ve ever recorded a video in AVI format, you might be surprised at how large the file is. Sharing an AVI on YouTube, TikTok, etc. in its original form probably won’t work — it’ll be way bigger than than the maximum upload size. That’s where an AVI video compressor like Descript comes in handy. It’s free, and it takes just a couple of clicks to compress video for the web without losing quality.

Reduce video file sizes with Descript

Anyone who makes videos knows that file formats matter. The preset of choice for YouTube and other channels is MP4, but if you have an AVI file on your hands, no worries. With Descript, it’s easy to convert any video file or compress AVI files — just import it, compress it, and export it in whatever file size you need.

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How to compress AVI video files

Step 1

To reduce AVI file size, import the video file to Descript. If you want to convert video in other file formats, like MP4, MKV, MPEG, MOV, WMV, or FLV, you can import them and convert them using Descript.

Step 2

Before you compress video with Descript, you might consider doing a little video editing. Remember, shorter videos require less encoding. And in Descript, editing is as easy as editing the transcript, which the platform automatically creates for you.

Step 3

Finally, click the “Share” button and select “Export.” You’ll have the option to set the video’s resolution and dimensions when you create a new file or publish it directly to YouTube.

Reduce video file sizes with Descript

Anyone who makes videos knows that file formats matter. The preset of choice for YouTube and other channels is MP4, but if you have an AVI file on your hands, no worries. With Descript, it’s easy to convert any video file or compress AVI files — just import it, compress it, and export it in whatever file size you need.

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Create and edit videos quickly and easily

All-in-one tool

You can get everything you need to make and share a high-quality video for free by downloading Descript. It’s an excellent video converter, video editor, transcription software, and much more. You can even transfer your project to Apple Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere to make advanced tweaks with different video formats. 

Multitrack recording 

Record multitrack interviews remotely, or from multiple mics in-person — either way Descript automatically generates a single transcript that you can access as soon as your session concludes. From there, you can edit every track, or work on them individually in Sequences.

Overdub

Using Descript’s ultra-realistic text-to-speech generator, making corrections and adding voiceover is fast and easy. Create an AI clone of your voice and add words to audio just by typing — no re-recording needed — or use one of our Overdub Stock Voices (which are free for all users). 

Non-destructive edits

Descript preserves all versions of your files as you edit. So if you change your mind, simply revert to your original, which is safe in Descript’s cloud backup. 

Transitions

Easily insert transitions like fades and cross-fades between scenes, sections, and cuts for a smooth flow, whether you’re working on a film or Zoom presentation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are AVI files so large?

The lossless compression of AVI files makes them ideal for storing videos in raw form and for editing — but it also means they’re relatively huge. Because they use less compression or no compression to store files, the video size of AVI is usually larger than MP4s, MPEGs, MOVs, and other video formats. Wondering how to compress AVI files? It’s free and easy with Descript. You can reduce your file size before you run it through the compressor too. Click the “Video Settings” button to change the frame rate or resize the video. This allows you to edit your video with a better idea of how it’ll appear, so you can reduce any quality loss.

Can I convert a video from AVI to MP4?

Descript is not just an AVI video compressor, but an all-in-one video editing tool that lets you convert AVI to MP4 or any other format you need. 

Can I send AVI files via email? 

Maybe, but most mail servers have a limit of 20 to 25MB for sending file attachments. If your AVI file is larger than that, you might not be able to email it. But there’s a simple solution — use a tool like Descript to compress large video files before you hit send. All Descript users can compress videos for unlimited uploads (and we’ll give you three hours of transcription free). If you want more transcription or watermark-free exports, you can subscribe with the $12/month Creator or $24/month Pro packages. Or get in touch about an Enterprise package, which includes training and a dedicated account representative.  

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Create a podcast, a video, and all your social assets using Descript. It’s as easy as editing a doc.