Video Compression

How to compress a video on Mac

Posted September 10, 2019
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Clipchamp Utilities and video compression has been discontinued in 2021. But no worriesour free video editor is still fully equipped with professional and easy editing features you could use to take your videos to the next level. It lets you trim, cut, speed control, add captions and titles, create and insert GIFs, add stock media, voiceovers, green screen effects, and more. Try Clipchamp free online video editor for free.

Compressing videos is a great way to save storage on your Mac, and make it a lot easier and quicker to share video files with others. Video files are by nature often very large in size and even a few videos files can take up a huge amount of storage on your Mac. If you’re sick of receiving those “storage full” notifications, then the Clipchamp video compressor for Mac is for you. Sign up for free to start compressing your videos.

Why you should use Clipchamp’s Mac video compressor:

  • The Clipchamp video compressor can compress all your video files, without losing any of the video’s quality.

  • It’s super safe: It runs in the browser, so your video files never leave your computer.

  • You can compress as many videos as you like on the unlimited plan in a matter of seconds. The free version offers a limited amount of video compressions but renews every month, and has a small watermark in the corner.

  • The Clipchamp video compressor also comes with basic editing tools like trim, freehand crop and adjust.

  • Multiple videos can be processed at once with batch uploads.

Ready to start compressing your video files? Here’s a quick step by step guide on how to compress videos on Mac with Clipchamp.

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1. Go to

Open your browser and go to and log in with your Google, Facebook or email and password.

2. Select the files you want to compress

Drag and drop the video files you want to compress into the box. You can also click to browse your files and select them that way.


3. Choose your compression settings

If it isn’t already, we recommend making your videos mp4 format for the best playback on Mac. You can keep the resolution, or change it to 1080p or 720p. (Tip: don’t make your video bigger that it’s original resolution as it will actually increase the file size). Keep the quality as Medium.


4. Make quick edits

Here you can easily trim the ends of your video, freehand crop it into a different dimension, adjust the colours and rotate and flip your video. If you make a mistake just click the x to delete your changes. If you’re looking for more editing features, try the Clipchamp Create video editor for tools like filters, titles, music and more.


5. Upload your video to social media while you wait

Hit start and your video will start compressing. The time will vary depending on the length of your original video.

While you wait, we recommend scheduling your video to YouTube or Google Drive. Your video will be posted automatically once it’s finished compressing. You can get notified once your video is done by clicking the notification button below.


6. Save your video file to your Mac

Once your video is finished compressing, click save to download your video file to your Mac.

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