tl;dr – Compress your videos so you can use them as background videos on your Wix website if you run into the 50MB file size limit. Plus, convert & compress them for faster YouTube & Vimeo uploads so you can more easily add them to your Wix blog posts.
The longer read
Wix is one of the biggest website builders out there that lets anyone create a personal or business website for free without the need to touch any code.
When it comes to making use of video on your site, Wix has 2 popular features:
- the ability to add a background video to any website.
- the option to embed a YouTube or Vimeo video into a blog post or page.
While the company offers very good support articles that walk you through the steps required to upload and/or put a video on Wix, there are 2 tips not mentioned in their Knowledge Base that will make any site owner’s life easier if they’re adding video in Wix on a regular basis:
Tip No. 1 – compress & convert videos before uploading them to Wix as a website background
Wix allows you to upload your own video file and use it as a background for your site. However this option is a bit limited due to its upload file size limit of 50 MB and a maximum resolution allowed of 1920×1080 (Full HD).
Depending on the video you’d like to use, this can be a problem if its resolution is too high or if it’s simply too big to upload.
The solution we recommend for this issue is to compress your video before uploading it to Wix – it’s an easy process, which our video converter & compressor Clipchamp can help you with in a few simple steps.
Clipchamp runs in your browser (best in Chrome), your files get converted on your computer and it’s free for up to 5 videos per month. It also has an option to upgrade to unlimited conversions.
In many cases, compressing your video can help to get its file size below Wix’ 50 MB upload limit. This means you can use the clip you would like to use as a background for your website even if it was too big originally.
As a bonus, Clipchamp also converts your video to MP4 or WebM, both of which are preferred video formats for any web use including Wix.
In addition, if your video has a resolution higher than 1080p, you can change it to 1080p or even 720p using Clipchamp as well. 720p is often good enough for HTML5 background videos on websites and will reduce your video’s file size more than keeping the resolution at 1080p. This will also help with faster page load times when your site gets accessed by visitors.
Here’s an example that shows the power of Clipchamp’s video compression – as a test for this article, I had Clipchamp process a 4k video file that was shot on an iPhone 6S. Its original file size (at 21 seconds of video) was 127MB, its resolution was 4k.
Clipchamp brought it down to only 9MB at 1080p output resolution and also converted the clip from MOV to MP4 in the same process.
Such a large reduction might not be happening in every case and for every input file – however compressing your video before uploading it to Wix is definitely a worthwhile exercise.
Tip No. 2 – compress & convert videos before uploading them to YouTube or Vimeo if you want to embed video in a Wix blog post or web page
As mentioned above, Wix lets you insert YouTube or Vimeo hosted videos into articles, posts and pages. The company offers an easy way to do this in their Wix Editor.
However what they fail to mention is that your video needs to get onto YouTube or Vimeo to begin with. And that upload can take a very long time, depending on your upload bandwidth, the video’s file size and a few additional factors.
As with the background videos, our suggested solution is to use Clipchamp to compress/convert your video before uploading it. This will reduce its file size while retaining its visible image quality. In most cases, it will thus lead to significantly faster YouTube uploads.
So the workflow we recommend is to:
- Compress your video with Clipchamp
- Upload it to YouTube & copy its embed URL
- Embed the video on your Wix site through the Wix Editor video input option
As you will see when using it, Clipchamp has a built-in YouTube uploader that makes uploading an integrated step as soon as your video has finished processing. Alternatively you can save your file to your computer first and upload it to YouTube later.
In the case of Vimeo, the workflow is the same with the only difference being that you have to select Vimeo as the upload target instead of YouTube after your video has finished converting in Clipchamp.
These are the 2 tips we wanted to share to make adding videos on your Wix website even easier than before 🙂
Try Clipchamp today and see if it does the trick for you as it already does for our hundreds of thousands of users every month.
Final comment – embedding a video recorder in Wix
While the above shows you how to make use of your own video files on your site, this tutorial about installing a webcam recorder and video uploader in Wix shows you how you can collect videos from your visitors directly on your site.