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  • Reduce MOV file size on Windows/Mac without any quality loss.
  • Shrink MOV video size by trimming, cropping or adjusting video parameters.
  • Convert MOV to MP4, FLV, WMV and other smaller-sized formats.
  • Versatile toolbox combines Screen Recorder, GIF Maker, Fix Video Metadata, etc.
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How to Compress A MOV File on Mac/Windows

by Christine Smith • 2020-02-24 11:21:41 • Proven solutions

I have a 120MB .mov file that I want to reduce to 25MB to email as an attachment. However, right-click it and select "Compress" only get it down to 99MB as a zip file. Any hint to help me to compress MOV file?

MOV video that takes up large space on computer or portable devices (like iPhone, iPod, PSP, etc.) which might prevent you from sharing or uploading to social network. And the commonly-used MOV compressor like WinRAR or WinZip does not actually create new media in a compact format but compress video size a little. Taking all into consideration, you need a professional yet easy-to-master .mov compressor tool to compress MOV file in a flash.

Part 1. How to Resize MOV Video Files on Windows/Mac

Here we'd like to highly recommend Wondershare MOV Compressor, the best all-in-one MOV video compression software available in the market to shrink MOV files easily and quickly. It not only provides various ways for video compression like trimming video, adjusting video parameter, etc. but enables you to convert MOV to FLV, WMV and other 1000+ formats as well as many other functional features like downloading online videos. Now let's move on to the detailed instructions on how to reduce .mov file size on PC/Mac without losing any quality.

Wondershare UniConverter (originally Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate) - Best MOV Compressor for Windows/Mac

  • Compress MOV to smaller size on both Windows and Mac system with super fast speed and no quality loss.
  • Convert MOV files to other Small-sized formats like MP4, M4V, FLV, and other 1,000+ videos.
  • Customize compression settings like changing video resolution, changing bit rate, and others.
  • Reduce MOV video size with 20s real-time preview to check the compression effect.
  • Edit MOV videos with features of trimming, rotating, cropping, adding watermarks, applying effects, etc.
  • Supports batch processing to compress and convert multiple MOV videos at a time.
  • Toolbox with additional functions like Screen Recorder, GIF Maker, Fix Media Metadata, Cast to TV, and more.
  • Supported OS: Windows 10/8/7/2003/Vista/XP, Mac OS 10.15 (Catalina), 10.14, 10.13, 10.12, 10.11, 10.10, 10.9, 10.8, 10.7, 10.6.
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How to Compress MOV Files with Wondershare MOV Compressor Easily and Quickly

Step 1 Launch Wondershare MOV Video Compressor and Add MOV Files

Open Wondershare MOV compressor first, click the Toolbox tab and choose Video Compress option from the given functions.

choose Video Compressor function

A Compress video window will appear, from where click the + icon to search and add MOV files present on your PC/Mac.

add MOV files to compress

Step 2 Customize Compression Settings

The information of your added MOV videos will be displayed at the top of the interface. Customize File Size, Resolution, Bit Rate, Quality, and other parameters by dragging the progress bar accordingly. Or you can change them one by one. Click the Preview button to check the quality of the output video for 20 seconds.

customize compression settings and preview

Step 3 Compress MOV Video Size

At the Save file: option, tap on it to choose the file output path. Finally, click on the Compress button to compress your MOV file without losing any quality.

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Part 2. How to Compress MOV Files in Batch

In the first way we mentioned above, you can compress MOV files with only 3 steps and few clicks. However, you can only compress one file once a time. If you want to compress several MOV files in batch, then follow the next steps.

Step 1 Add MOV Video to Wondershare MOV Compressor

Move to the Convert section after launch Wondershare UniConverter (originally Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate), click on the+ Add Files button to load your target MOV files from your computer, or directly drag and drop them to the primary interface. Then you can easily tell the MOV video size, resolution just as the screenshot shows.

import mov video to wondershare mov compressor

Step 2 Compress MOV Video to Small Size via Default Settings

Click Inverted triangle icon beside Convert all tasks to: and go to Video > MOV, then select a corresponding video resolution and hit the Editing icon in the right. You'd get a pop-up window for further MOV video setting.

compress mov video on Mac

Choose Small Size and the program will automatically set all MOV file parameters to be smaller ones, i.e. you can see Bit Rate changes automatically. After that, hit Create to confirm the default setting to make mov file smaller on Mac.


    If you want to reduce .mov file size by manually adjusting MOV parameter settings like resolution, bit rate, frame rate and encoder, just hit Create Custom to get the window for further video setting. Below is quick guide on video parameters.

    • Encoder: Click arrow to choose drop down options. Or just let it as defaulted.
    • Resolution: There are many options, like 240*160, 320*240,480*320,480*368,640*480, 1280*720 etc.
    • Frame Rate: Set it to slow down or speed up your playing speed. Generally, value above 20 makes little difference.
    • Bit Rate: You can choose from 128 to 900kbps as per your needs.

Step 3 Start Resizing MOV Videos

As you can see, there'll be a new custom resolution for your choice, just select it to proceed.

video setting for mov compression mac

Then you'll return to the main interface, where you can find the file size differences for MOV. If you're not satisfied with the compressing settings or modifications, you can separately resize MOV file further by clicking the compress icon on the Target tab. Finally, hit the Convert All to initiate MOV compression.

start compressing mov mac

When the compression completes, switch to the Converted tab to check the output quality and video size. Now you can smoothly put them into your portable devices or share with your friends!

Part 3. Convert MOV to MP4/M4V/FLV Small-sized Format

If MOV is not your target compressed format, you can also try to convert MOV to smaller size format like MP4, M4V or FLV. Wondershare MOV Compressor totally meets your requirements as it also functions as video converter. Let's take compress MOV file to MP4 for example.

Step 1 Click the Add Files button in the top-left to import MOV videos that you want to reduce file size.

Step 2 Click Inverted triangle icon beside the Convert all tasks to: to expand output format list, select Video tab and choose your desired format in small size. Here takes MP4 for example.

convert mov to smaller sized format on mac

Step 3 Click the Convert All to start compressing MOV to MP4 format right away. Once the conversion finishes, you can click the folder-like icon in the bottom to get the converted MOV video in smaller file size.


    You can also take advantage of Online UniConverter (originally to compress MOV file online free, which allows you to compress a QuickTime video by changing video resolution, setting file size, and converting video format. Read How to Resize MOV Online to learn more details and online MOV compression solutions.

Part 4. External Knowledge for Video Compression

1. Basic Parameters for Video Compression

To make full use of Wondershare MOV File Compressor, I'd like to briefly explain the basic video parameters and the recommend settings to reduce MOV file size.

  • Change Frame Rate: If your video footage is exceeding 60 Frame per second, you should maintain the video’s native frame rate. Always choose a constant frame rate instead of a variable frame rate.
  • Control Bit Rate: Bit rate is responsible for maintaining the video clarity and file size. Ideally, for getting a compressed video, you should choose the given bit rates according to your file type. For SD, it should be 2,000-5,000, 5,000-10,000 for 720p and 10,000-20,000 for 1080p.
  • Appropriate Resolution: Set your resolution to the lowest so that your video is in the lowest file size. The ideal ones would be 640 x480 for SD, 1280 x 720 for 720p HD, 1920 x 1080 for 1080 HD and 2560 x 1440 for 2K.
  • Audio Codec: For the best results with respect to obtaining a compressed video, the audio should be encoded at 320 kbit/s and using AAC-LC is recommended to be used for audio codec.

2. Recommended Compression Settings for YouTube & Vimeo Video

The following table will show recommended settings for Video Compression on YouTube & Vimeo

Parameters Settings for YouTube Settings for Vimeo
Container MP4 files MP4 files
Codec H.264 H.264
Bit rate 1000 kbps (360p), 2500 kbps (480p), 5000kbps (720p), 8000kbps (1080p), 10Mbps (1440p), 35-35kbps (2160p) 2,000 – 5,000 kbit/s (SD) / 5,000 – 10,000 kbit/s (720p HD) / 10,000 – 20,000 kbit/s (1080p HD)
Frame Rate Keep the same as in original video files 24, 25 or 30 fps
Resolution 426x240 (240p), 640x360 (360p), 854x480 (480p), 1280x720 (720p), 1920x1080 (1080p), 2560x1440 (1440p), 3840x2160 (2160P) 640 pixels wide (SD) or 1280 pixels wide (HD)
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