Wayne State College

How To Reduce Size of Video File


Format Factory (Windows)

Campus Computer Install

1. Open the Start menu and scroll down to Software Center.

2. Scroll down and click on Format Factory. Then, click Install.

3. Once Format Factory has been installed the program is always available on that computer and does not need to be installed again.


Personal Device Install

1. Go to pcfreetime.com

2. Click the Download (Site 1) and install the software.


Open Format Factory

Open Format Factory by clicking the Start button, scroll down the application list, click on the folder Video Editing Software. Then select Format Factory to open the program.


Reduce the size of videos

1. Make sure the Video tab on the left is selected.

2. Drag video files into the Format Factory window. You can convert multiple files at one time.

3. Click the All to MP4 icon. Output Setting should be “Low quality and size.” Click OK. Browse to find the output folder you want the converted video to be sent to. Close the All to MP4 settings window. Once these settings have been made, Format Factory should retain them, so you won’t have to do this every time.

4. Click the Start button, top menu bar. The conversion can take several minutes, depending on the number and original size of the videos you are converting. When the conversion is completed, the converted videos will be stored in the output folder you specified.


QuickTime (Mac)

Reduce the size of videos

QuickTime is already preinstalled on Mac devices.

1. Double click the video file to open in QuickTime (if it doesn't open in QuickTime automatically, right click and select "Open with..." "QuickTime").

2. From the Apple menu, select "File", "Export As", and select 720p (slightly smaller file; good quality) or 480p (much smaller file; low quality).

3. Select the location you'd like to save the file to on your computer or external drive.


Please contact the Campus Service Center at 402-375-7107 or visit us in the library if you need further assistance.


Last Updated: 12/4/2019