How to Compress Mov Files on Mac

Kyle Wood

Mac, Tutorials

Are you struggling with large MOV files taking up too much space on your Mac? Don’t worry, as there is a solution!

In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of compressing MOV files on your Mac. By reducing their size, you can free up valuable storage space without compromising the quality of your videos.

Step 1: Choose a Compression Tool

To compress MOV files on your Mac, you will need to use a reliable compression tool. One popular option is HandBrake. It is a free and open-source video transcoder that supports various formats, including MOV.

Step 2: Download and Install HandBrake

First, visit the official HandBrake website at Next, locate the download section and choose the version compatible with your Mac operating system. Once the download is complete, open the installation file and follow the on-screen instructions to install HandBrake on your Mac.

Step 3: Launch HandBrake

After installing HandBrake, locate its icon in your Applications folder or Launchpad and double-click to launch it.

Step 4: Import Your MOV File

To import your MOV file, click on the “Open Source” button in the top-left corner of HandBrake’s interface. This will open a file browser window where you can navigate to the location of your MOV file. Select it and click “Open” to import it into HandBrake.

Step 5: Choose Compression Settings

In this step, you can adjust the compression settings according to your preferences. HandBrake provides various options to optimize the file size and quality.

For example, you can adjust the video codec, frame rate, bit rate, and resolution. Experiment with different settings to find the balance between file size and video quality that suits your needs.

Step 6: Select Output Format

HandBrake supports multiple output formats. To choose your desired format, click on the “Output Settings” button located in the top-right corner of the HandBrake interface. A dropdown menu will appear, allowing you to select a format such as MP4 or MKV.

Step 7: Select Output Destination

To select the output destination, click on the “Browse” button next to the “Destination” field in HandBrake’s interface. Choose a folder where you want to save the compressed MOV file.

Step 8: Start Compression

Finally, click on the green “Start” button located at the top of HandBrake’s interface. The compression process will begin, and you can monitor its progress in real-time.


  • If you have multiple MOV files to compress, you can add them all to HandBrake’s queue before starting the compression process.
  • If you want to preserve a backup of your original MOV file, make sure to keep a separate copy before compressing it.
  • You can preview the compressed video by using media players like VLC or QuickTime Player before sharing or storing it.

Congratulations! You have successfully learned how to compress MOV files on your Mac using HandBrake. By following these steps, you can save valuable storage space without compromising the quality of your videos.

Remember to always test different compression settings to find the right balance between file size and video quality that suits your needs. Happy compressing!

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