How to Compress Video Files on Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

How to Compress Video Files on Mac

Video files can take up a significant amount of storage space on your Mac. Whether you need to free up space or want to share videos online, compressing them can be a great solution. In this tutorial, we will walk you through the process of compressing video files on your Mac.

Using QuickTime Player

If you have QuickTime Player installed on your Mac, you can use it to compress video files easily.

Step 1: Open the video file in QuickTime Player

To begin, locate the video file that you want to compress and double-click on it. It will open in QuickTime Player by default.

Step 2: Choose the export option

In the menu bar at the top of your screen, click on File, then select Export As.

Step 3: Select a compression preset

A new window will appear with several options for exporting your video. Click on the Format dropdown menu and choose a compression preset that suits your needs. You can also adjust other settings such as resolution and quality.

Step 4: Set a destination for the compressed file

Beside the Name field, select where you want to save the compressed video file by clicking on the Select.. button. Choose a location and click Save.

Step 5: Start the compression process

Click on the Save button in the export window to start compressing your video file. The time it takes will depend on the size of the video and the settings you have chosen.

Using HandBrake

If you prefer a more advanced tool with additional customization options, HandBrake is an excellent choice for compressing video files on Mac.

Step 1: Download and install HandBrake

Visit the HandBrake website ( and download the latest version of the software. Once downloaded, open the installer and follow the on-screen instructions to install HandBrake on your Mac.

Step 2: Open HandBrake

After installation, open HandBrake from your Applications folder or Launchpad.

Step 3: Import your video file

In HandBrake, click on File in the menu bar and select Open Source. Locate and select the video file you want to compress.

Step 4: Choose a preset or customize settings

In the right-hand panel, you will see a list of presets for different devices and platforms. You can choose one of these presets or manually adjust settings like video codec, resolution, bitrate, etc., by clicking on Video.

Step 5: Set a destination for the compressed file

In the same panel, under Destination, click on Browse to select where you want to save the compressed video file. Choose a location and click Select Folder.

Step 6: Start the compression process

To begin compressing your video file, click on Start Encode in the toolbar at the top of the HandBrake window. The compression process may take some time, depending on your system’s specifications and the size of the video file.


Compressing video files on your Mac can help save disk space and make it easier to share videos online. Whether you choose to use QuickTime Player or HandBrake, both methods are effective in reducing the file size without compromising too much on video quality. Experiment with different settings to find the right balance between file size and video quality for your specific needs.

With these simple steps, you can now efficiently compress video files on your Mac and enjoy more storage space for other important files and applications.

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