Before we go deep into the tutorial, we should first know what can cause a bad video quality. The most obvious, of course, is resolution. Turning your video to 360p, 144p, and even lower resolution can severely ruin the video quality. Other major factors that affect video quality are bitrate, frame rate, and codec. The video bitrate contributes greatly to the video quality. The higher bitrate, the better quality. And reducing bitrate can lower the clarity of a video significantly. As for frame rate, if it drops, your video will look bad and stutter. However, if it increases to a very high level, the video will also look unnatural. The codec can influence the video quality with its unique compression method. A video codec with a lower compression ratio will lead to more detail loss, hence degrading your video quality.
Now that we have known what factors affect video quality, we can make use of them to start making low-quality videos. And to do that, all we need is a simple video transcoder. We provide a powerful video converter in the next part, and we will go over how to make a video look low quality step-by-step. Just read and follow.
WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro is a very flexible video converter we can use to make a video bad quality intentionally. Though the name suggests that it is an HD video converter, it helps you not only convert video to HD but also convert high resolution video to low resolution. It can further make a video super low quality with its easy and customizable settings, covering all the factors we mentioned earlier. Besides, it’s got simple editing tools, including effects that contain noise, mosaic, old film, etc. to make your video look bad. By the way, if your video has an audio stream, this program can help you degrade the audio sound worse, too.
Run HD Video Converter Factory Pro on your PC and open the “Converter” program. Next, drag your video into the blank interface, or use the Add buttons to import the file into the program.
Tips. At the bottom of the interface, click the triangle button to specify an output path in advance.
Go to the right side of the program and click the format image to select an output format. It is recommended that you choose MP4 as it is the most popular format. But you can choose your format freely.
Now we need to make a video lower quality. Open the “Parameter settings” and decide the “Encoder” first. If you’ve selected MP4 as the output format, choose MPEG-4 codec (The second option from the drop-down list is the lowly-compressed codec). Then, find “Resolution”, “Bit rate”, and “Frame rate” and change each factor to a value lower than the original settings. If the provided options do not satisfy you, you can customize the value manually.
The audio settings below can also be modified to change your audio quality.
Tips. You can check the original file info by clicking the File Information button under the video task.
Finally, we can click “Run” to export the low-quality video. The process involves video transcoding and will take some time. Just wait until the conversion is over, then you can have a bad quality video with a very small size.
In addition to the solution above, you can also degrade the quality of a video by uploading the video to YouTube and then downloading it and uploading again, repeat the process multiple times till you get the video you desire. This is a useful trick since YouTube always re-compresses videos, and the video quality gets worse each time you re-upload.
You can try the online video converters to convert video to low resolution as well. Some online tools can also edit the output settings to downgrade the video quality. But most of these online services have a size limit. Better check the restrictions before you use any of them.
Now, you’ve come to the end of this post. We have told you how to make the quality of a video worse with several easy solutions. We hope that you have already gotten the wanted result. Thanks for reading!
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