How to Compress a Video on Android

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Android smartphones capture video that is both amazing in quality, and large in file size. This big file size can often become a problem when you want to share your video files, or even store them on your phone. In this article we will answer your question on how to compress a video on Android in multiple different ways, including changing the recording resolution in your Camera settings, creating a short video from a longer video, and compressing your video with a free Android app. 

How To Compress Video on Android

Choose the Right Android Video Compression

The best way to reduce file size is to record your original videos in a lower resolution and frame rate. If you already shot your video, you will have to add some sort of video compression with your Android phone.

When it comes to Android video compression, you have a couple options; shorten the video’s length or reduce the image quality of the video. LucidVideo will keep your video quality high by shortening then to their best parts. Video compressor apps will reduce quality to compress video file size.  

Option 1:
Change Your Android Video Settings to Compress Video

Most Android users are unable to select video bitrate, color mode, and other advanced settings. That doesn’t mean you can’t create compressed video files on Android. We’ll show you how to save space below.

If you do not plan on viewing your videos on a large 4K UHD screen, there’s little need to record your videos in 4K, or even 1080 HD, as you’re recording more information than you can play back on your phone’s small screen. You can easily save video file space by recording in a lower resolution, such as 720 HD. 

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Different Android video compression options

As you can see in the image above, 4K UHD video is massive, as compared to 720 HD video. Each frame of 4K video is made up of 3840 x 2160 individual pixels, or about 8.3 million pixels. On the other hand, 720 HD video takes less than 1 million pixels to display a frame. 

It may sound like losing 7,000,000 pixels would make the video bad. In reality, most people wouldn’t notice the difference between 720 HD video and 4K UHD video on an average phone.

Even better, 720p HD video is upwards of 4-10x smaller than 4K 60 video. 

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Estimated video resolution and frame rate settings

You can also compress video file size by shooting in a lower frame rate. Some phones can record at multiple frame rates, ranging from 24 frames per second (fps) to 60 fps. Reducing the frame rate from 60 to 30 will reduce file size, without a noticeable change in video quality. 

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Different video frame rates

How to Change Android Video Settings

It’s easy to change Android video settings to create more compressed videos. First, open up the camera app, switch to video mode, and then tap the menu icon on the top right of the screen. From there, tap Settings to enter the Camera settings.

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Once in Camera settings, video quality settings and then select HD 720p, 30fps.

android video quality settings

To save the maximum amount of space possible, choose HD 720p, 30fps. Doing so will add the most video compression possible for your Android. 

Once you make these selections, you may immediately leave the settings app and open up the Camera app and start recording compressed videos.

Option 2:
Compress Your Android Video by Shortening It

Video compression comes with a compromise: as you reduce file size, you sacrifice video quality. This means that too much compression can make your video look pixelated or display compression artifacts during times of high movement. Depending on the video length, you may need to add too much video compression in order to reduce file size sufficiently. 

For example, if you have a long video that you want to send to a friend, you may not be able to find a happy medium between video quality and file size. When you add enough compression to make the file size small enough to send through email, the video’s quality will not be acceptable. And setting the quality to an acceptable level results in a file that is too large in size. 

video compression on phone example

In the image above, the left side of the video is uncompressed, with increasing amounts of compression applied as you move to the right of the image. As you can see, fine details are lost with compression, eventually leading to a muddy or blurry/block video display. Note how you can easily see the strings of the guitar on the left with low compression, and the man/guitar on the right is missing almost all fine details do to high video compression. 

One great way to get around this video compression limitation is to shorten the video to its most important segments. LucidVideo will take your long video and automatically create a shorter version made up of the best parts of the original video. 

How To Make A Short Video On android

First, sign up for a free LucidVideo account. You don’t need to install any app, just head on over to the LucidVideo portal in your web browser to get started. 

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Once logged in, you will be sent to your Video Library. Click the blue Upload button to start uploading. 

Upload video to LucidVideo

If you have your video on YouTube, you can paste its URL here, if not, tap on the Upload a Video tab and then tap the Import Video button. Find the video you want to shorten, select it and then tap the Upload button. 

At this point your video will be uploaded to LucidVideo where the AI will find the best scenes in you video and create a short video. During this process it will recognize faces, scenes, emotions, logos and more, ensuring only the best video segments make the cut.  

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Uploading and compressing a video in LucidVideo

All of this processing does take a little time, so go grab a coffee. LucidVideo will email you when processing is complete. 

Once complete, tap on the video name to view the short video. Tap the download icon on the top right of the video to download. 

download short compressed video

In this case, the original video was shot in 4K UHD, and was 3 minutes, 49 seconds long, resulting in a  1.79GB video file size. LucidVideo compressed this video down to just 74.7MB, which is an 96% reduction in file size. 

The most impressive part is that this video file compression was done without any loss in video quality. The shorter video is still the same 1080p HD resolution, and extra compression was not applied. LucidVideo simply removed the unnecessary parts and created a short video that tells the whole story in less time. 

Interested in trying it out for yourself? Sign up for free today. 

Option 3:
Use a Video Compression App

There are many apps you can download on your Android smartphone to compress videos. Before you make your choice, be sure to read the app descriptions carefully, as the first few options downloaded required me to pay to compress even a single video. Eventually, it was found that the Video Compressor – Fast Compress Video & Photo would offer basic video compression without paying first. 

Step 1: Download the App

Open up the Play Store app and search for “Video Compression.” Choose your app and start the download. The following steps were completed with the app called Video Compressor – Fast Compress Video & Photo.

android video compression app

Step 2: Choose YOUR Video

Once you open the app, you are presented with a very simple screen. Tap your video’s thumbnail to select the video you want to compress. 

select video to compress

Step 3: Compress Your Video on Your phone

The app next shows you a list of different video compression options. We chose the one highlighted by the 720P oval. Select the option you prefer and your video will begin the compression process.  

select android video compression

Once complete, you will be shown a preview of your compressed video file that was saved to your phone. Tap the share icon to share it.

Which Android Video Compression is Right For You?

The easiest way to keep your videos small is to record them in a low res. If you already recorded the video, you can’t go back and change the resolution without adding compression. When it comes to video compression on Android, you have two options; shorten the video or reduce the quality of the video. LucidVideo will keep your video’s quality high by shortening it to its best parts. Video compressor apps will reduce quality to compress video file size.