H.264 is a video codec known for its high quality and low bit rate. Most video formats like MP4, MOV, MKV, and AVI support the H264 video codec. Actually, videos encoded with H264 are usually smaller than other videos of the same image quality. But too many video files still take up a lot of storage space. Then you might consider compressing the H264 video to save space, or share and upload. This post gives you several effective ways to reduce H264 video size and keep high quality.
WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro is the most reliable and efficient program to compress our H264 files. You can use it to batch compress videos at a super-fast speed to save your time and energy. Besides compressing video, it also supports changing video formats, downloading and recording videos, creating GIFs from video/picture sequences, etc. More importantly, the intuitive interface and easy-to-operate feature allow you to quickly handle the video editing and conversion process even if you have zero experience. The following will show you different solutions to compress H264 videos with high-quality preserved or minimal quality loss.
H264 is now an old video codec compared with H265 (HEVC) and VP9. Advanced video codecs can encode a video to a smaller size while maintaining high quality. So, if you don’t want to sacrifice the video quality, you can choose the two advanced video codecs to reduce the H264 video size. Here are the steps:
Step 1: Launch HD Video Converter Factory Pro and open the Converter window. Then, click the +Add Files button to import H264 videos or drag and drop them into the program directly.
Step 2: Click the format image on the right side of the interface to expand the output format list. Head to the Video tab and choose one format from H265 for MP4 (recommended), H265 for MKV, and VP9.
Step 3: Specify an output folder and hit the Run button to start the compression process.
Besides Method 1, you can also shrink the video size by modifying the video parameters. Video resolution, bitrate, and frame rate are the main parameters that will affect video size. The lower the resolution/bitrate/frame rate, the smaller the video size. But this way will inevitably compromise the video quality. So you’d better change the video resolution from a high-quality video, lower the bitrate on video at a higher bitrate, and alter the frame rate better to 23.97fps or higher to keep a decent quality. The tutorials are given below:
Step 1: Launch the H264 video compressor program and open the Converter window. Then, import H264 videos by clicking the +Add Files button. Or drag and drop them into the program directly.
Step 2: Unfold the right-side format list and choose one output video format. You can choose another format or the original format as you like.
Step 3: Open the Parameter settings window and go to the Video Settings. Select the suitable video Resolution/Bitrate/Frame rate separately or lump them together.
Step 4: Select an output destination and hit the Run button to start compressing H264.
If your videos have some nonsense parts like ads or black bars, you can remove the unnecessary parts to reduce the file size. And this way will also keep the high quality. Here is how:
Step 1: Run the program and enter the Converter module. Drag and drop the source H264 videos into the converter.
Step 2: In the video toolbar, click the scissors icon to trim the unwanted parts on the timeline and save the wanted parts. You can further use the crop tool by pressing the fourth icon on the toolbar to crop the nonsense pictures and customize the video playing area.
Note: Please keep the output and input bit rate consistent.
Step 3: Select an output format by hitting the right-side format image to bring out the format library.
Step 4: Click the inverted triangle button to specify a destination folder. Finally, press Run to start the process.
Above are the methods that can compress H264 videos while preserving a decent quality. You can choose one according to your preference or apply more simultaneously to achieve better video compression. Free downloadFree download the H264 compressor and have a try now! This all-in-one video processing software will never let you down! Thank you for reading!