Easily compress MP4 videos

It’s always good to have a tool that lets you reduce a video’s size without reducing its quality. If you’re making a video for playing on iPhone and Android, it doesn’t need to be as large a file as you’d need for a film festival’s media player. And reducing the size of video files helps save space on Google Drive, Dropbox, etc., so you don’t have to pay to increase your storage limit. Compress videos for free by downloading Descript, and start working with a video-size reducer that’s not a video-quality reducer.

Maintain video quality with Descript’s video compression tool

While there are other video codecs you‘d use for cinema-quality files, MP4 video files are the preset of choice for YouTube and other social videos. When making online tutorials, save some bandwidth and compress your video files. Descript’s all-in-one editing software includes video compression, so you don’t have to download additional apps like VLC.

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How to compress MP4 files

Step 1

To reduce MP4 size, first you need MP4s to compress. Upload those video files to Descript’s workstation. If you have other file formats, like AVI, MKV, MPEG, MOV, WMV, or FLV, go ahead and upload them. Descript works as a video converter, too.

Step 2

Before running your video through the file compressor, you can tweak your project and get some video editing done. After all, a shorter video requires less encoding, and Descript’s automatic transcription makes editing as easy as editing a Word doc.

Step 3

Finally, to compress your video for social media, just 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.

Maintain video quality with Descript’s video compression tool

While there are other video codecs you‘d use for cinema-quality files, MP4 video files are the preset of choice for YouTube and other social videos. When making online tutorials, save some bandwidth and compress your video files. Descript’s all-in-one editing software includes video compression, so you don’t have to download additional apps like VLC.

Download the app →

Descript is a simple, powerful editing tool built for creators

Video editor built for teams

Descript’s app for Windows and Mac iOS lets you and your team work together through the cloud for online video editing.

Easy-to-use

Descript automatically creates a transcription of your video that you can include with your video directly, or use to easily add high-quality subtitles. You can also remove filler words with a click and search your transcript to find a specific moment you want to edit.

All-in-one tool

Descript is an excellent MP4 video compressor, editor, transcriber, and much more. Everything you need to make a great social video is at your fingertips for free with Descript. You can even transfer your timeline to Apple Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere to make further advanced tweaks with different video formats.

FAQs

How do I change video size while editing?

You can take steps to reduce your file size before you run it through the video compressor. By selecting the “Video settings” button, you can change the frame rate and resize the video. This allows you to edit your video with a better idea of how it will appear, so you won’t end up unpleasantly surprised by the quality loss. It may not be as big a deal as you initially thought.

What else can you make in Descript?

If you’ve finished your video, you may ask yourself, “does this even need to be a video?” MP4 file sizes are small, but not as small as non-video files like GIFs, which you can easily make in Descript if your concept doesn’t need sound. And if the video doesn’t add that much to your podcast, you can export it as an audio file. If the only thing you really need from an interview is the transcription, the transcript is right there, so you might as well export it.

Can I compress an MP4 video file for free?

Anyone can use Descript as an MP4 video compressor for unlimited uploads. We’ll give you three hours of transcription free. If you want more transcription and watermark-free exports, you can subscribe for 10 or 30 hours monthly with the $12/month Creator and $24/month Pro packages, respectively. Get in touch, and we’ll negotiate the Enterprise package with you, including onboarding, 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.