Does Google Drive Compress Video or Reduce Video Quality?

Many people find their videos appear blurry and seem to be compressed and reduced in quality on Google Drive. Does Google Drive compress video or reduce the quality after uploading? Let’s find it out from the following post.

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Part 1. Does Google Drive Compress Video Files?

Part 2. Why Does Google Drive Seem to Compress Video?

Part 3. How to Compress Video for Google Drive?

Part 4. Conclusion

Does Google Drive Reduce Video Quality or Size?

---- Will Google Drive compress videos or change the quality of file uploads?

---- Are files uploaded to Google Drive compressed or uploaded in original quality and size? In other words, is anything changed when uploading?

---- I have a butt-load of videos and pics I plan to put in Google Drive. It’s not my main backup but I guess it won’t hurt. So the question is whether Google Drive reduce the quality of uploaded videos/images.

Do you have similar questions to the above? Actually, Google Drive doesn’t compress media files or reduce the file size and quality. Why do the uploaded videos appear blurry? The next part explains reasons. Please read on.

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Why Google Drive Seems to Compress Videos?

The maximum playback resolution supported by Google Drive is 1920 X 1080. A video in 1080P or less will look close to the original. But when you upload videos higher than 1080P (e.g. 4K and 8K), they will be resized to 1080P. So does Google Drive compress video? Certainly, it doesn’t. If you download the file to your computer to play offline, the video resolution keeps the same as the original. Why does Google Drive seem to compress video while previewing on the Drive?

In fact, Google Drive is saving bandwidth for users and itself. By doing so, you and the video recipients will have a seamless video-playing experience, while Google can save the bandwidth for data transfer and reduce pressure on the server.

Does Google Drive Reduce Video Quality

* Does it compress when you upload audio to Google Drive?

Google Drive is also a good place to store music and other audio files. It doesn’t compress audio or degrade the sound quality, either. There might be a slight decrease in quality, but it’s difficult to notice the difference for online listening.

How to Reduce Video Size for Google Drive?

As we know, Google Drive is a free cloud-based storage service where we can store and access files online. It supports videos, audio, photos, documents, and other media files. And the free storage of Google Drive is 15 GB. Instead of buying more storage, we suggest you compress the file sizes before upload.

A good video compressor can help you reduce video size significantly while keeping the quality. It is highly recommended that you use WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro. The software can help you achieve a lossless video/audio compression process. Meanwhile, it allows you to change the video codec, resolution, bitrate, and other parameters to make the video smaller.

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Step 1. Import Video Files

Launch HD Video Converter Factory Pro. Click “Converter” and tap the “Add Files” button to import all the videos you want to compress. This software offers a quick batch compression option to process multiple files at one go.

Add Videos to the Converter

Step 2. Compress Videos

Way 1: Select an advanced video codec to reduce the video size. Click the format image on the right side and choose “H264”, “H265 for MP4”, or “H265 for MKV” as the export profile.

Change Video Format

Way 2: Decrease the video bitrate, resolution, or frame rate. Click the “Parameter settings” button below the output format, navigate to the Video Settings, and change the Resolution, Bit rate, or Frame rate to a lower value, such as downscaling 4K to 1080P. Press “OK” to save your change.

Downscale Video Settings

Way 3: Click the Compression button at the bottom of the software. Drag the slider to set a compression ratio. The higher the ratio, the smaller the file size, yet the poorer the video quality.

Way 4: Trim unwanted segments off the video. Click the “scissors” icon below the imported video. Then drag the sliders on the timeline or type in the Start/End time to Trim the video. Once done, click “OK”.

Compress and Trim Video

Step 3. Export Final Files

Click the inverted triangle button at the bottom to specify an output path. Finally, press “Run” to start the conversion and export the final files to your computer. After that, you can play these videos or upload them to Google Drive, YouTube, FC2, and other destinations with ease.

Finalize the Video Compression


The answer to your question “Does Google Drive compress video” or “Does Google Drive reduce video quality” is NO! The reason why Google Drive seems to compress video is to save bandwidth for users and the server. It doesn’t change anything after the file uploads. On the other hand, you can use the HD video converter & compressor to compress video/audio files for Google Drive (which supports 15 GB of free storage).

Bonus tips: How to reduce video file size in Google Drive?
Google Drive won’t reduce the file size of your video, but you can use it to compress video in a zip file with no quality loss. Here is how to:
1. In Google Drive, select the file or folder you want to compress.
2. Right-click to Download the files.
3. It will instantly begin downloading the compressed zip file to your computer.

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