How To Decrease the Size of a WMV File

WMV files can occupy a lot of space. If stored in the computer, WMV files can slow down your system and leave you with little space for other important files. A big video file is also quite troublesome to upload to the Internet. Fortunately, a WMV file can be easily resized. You can do it by performing any of the following.

  • Choose a lower video setting. The setting you choose for your video will determine its file size. For example, if you choose a lower bit rate and lower display size, your file size will consequently decrease. Remember, however, that a lower setting can decrease your video quality. In this case, you want to set the smallest possible file size that meets your video quality requirements. Make sure to determine the video setting before you begin capturing the video and audio files.
  • Choose a profile. The profile you should select must correspond to your video’s intended use. For example, if your video will be uploaded to the Internet and will be saved using a video hosting provider, you want to use a lower bit rate. And a lower bit rate will automatically reduce your WMV file size. The same is true if the video will be used as an email attachment. As an attachment, a smaller WMV file size will reduce the uploading and downloading time. Adjust the profile if you can have a relatively big file size, just as long as the file won’t exceed the maximum allowable space.
  • Use a video converter. A video converter can be used to decrease the size of your WMV by changing the video properties. A converter can be downloaded from the Internet and is quite easy to use. Begin by opening your video converter. On the File menu, click on Add Files. Then add the video you want to convert. Go to Tools and select Settings. Go to the Properties tab. Choose the property you want to use for your WMV file. Then, reduce the frame rate, audio settings, and resolution; you can reduce the default settings to half. Choose an audio codec after. Finally, click Convert. The conversion process will begin, which you can monitor using the status bar. The file size should be smaller after the conversion. Play the video just to see if the conversion was successful.
  • Consider the hard disk space. Especially if you are going to capture large video and audio files, you need to take into consideration the available hard disk space, so you don’t have to make further adjustments later on. As much as possible, choose the lowest setting and file size for the audio and video files.

Your WMV can then be used as intended. It can be saved in your computer, stored in a recordable CD, sent as an email attachment, sent to an online video hosting provider, and saved in a DV tape. Now that the WMV file is in a smaller size, playback or video downloading shouldn’t take long. You can then share it with your friends over the Internet or watch it using your DV camera or TV.


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