How to Compress Video Size to Fit on a Mobile Phone

by John Ruiz

Many mobile phones have various multimedia features including support for various video formats so you can watch movies conveniently from your portable device. Since most of these types of phones sport large touchscreen displays and offer high memory capacities, watching videos on your mobile device works nicely. However, many video files that come from online sources and recording devices are not optimized for mobile phone playback; they usually have screen resolutions that exceed the average phone screen, which is why their file sizes end up being bigger. Compress the size of your video to fit your mobile device so the video takes up less space without sacrificing video quality.

Step 1

Download Hamster Free Video Converter if you want a free solution to do the job. Hamster Free Video Converter lets you drag and drop AVI, MPEG, WMV, DivX and many other video files to the program for video size reduction. You can customize the size of the video so it can fit a certain device such as a Nokia, Blackberry, iPhone or any other device.

Step 2

Use Any DVD Converter Pro if you need a program that supports a greater variety of input formats for compressing. Any DVD Converter Pro is a commercial program and can downsize video coming from DVDs and online sources such as YouTube. It can also reduce the video size of AVI, MP4, WMV and other common input formats so they are usable in a variety of devices and media players.

Step 3

Get CyberLink MediaEspresso if you prefer a professional solution that uses hardware acceleration for compressing videos for mobile use. CyberLink MediaEspresso accepts MKV, FLV, AVI, MPEG and several more video file formats via drag-and-drop. It supports several devices including those by Apple, Sony, Samsung, Nokia, HTC, LG and Blackberry. The program resizes and compresses videos a lot faster if you have a system with an NVIDIA or AMD graphics card, or a 2nd generation Intel Core processor.

Tip

  • Save the original file just in case you want to reduce the size of a video for another mobile phone; different phones have different screen sizes. Resizing a video you previously resized will result in much lower quality.

About the Author

John Ruiz began his writing career in 2008 as a freelancer writing for eHow and various technology, software and hardware blogs. He has been designing websites since 2002. Ruiz earned a Bachelor of Science in information technology and web design from AMA Computer University.