Compress & Convert Videos Online (Easy Online Video Converter!)

– Are you wondering how
to compress video files or convert video files
online to another format without the need for downloading? On this video I’m gonna
show you a simple way that’s both fast and easy using
an online video converter. (upbeat music) Hey, it’s Justin Brown
here from Primal Video where we help entrepreneurs
and business owners amplify their business
and brand with video. If you’re new here, then make sure you click
that subscribe button, and all the links to everything we mention in this video, you can find linked in the description box below. So, let’s jump into it. Now, if you’ve got video files, or audio files for that matter, that are up in the cloud somewhere, and you want to convert
them to another format, then traditionally you’d
need to download them to your computer and do it locally using software like HandBrake. It takes time to download the
files back to your computer, and depending on your internet, it could take a really
long time to do that. And then it also takes
time or decent hardware to be able to perform the conversion or the transcoding of the files. And after all of that’s happened, often you’ll have to
reupload the file afterwards, which again, is more time. Fortunately, now there’s ways to get the whole thing done online and even link to files in places like Google Drive, Dropbox,
Box, or even just a URL. So, we’re gonna run through
the process step by step and show you how to convert
your video files online and create either smaller,
more download friendly versions of your videos or even just convert or transcode them to another file format. First up, let’s take a
quick look at the advantages and the disadvantages of
getting your videos converted or transcoded in the cloud. So, starting off with the advantages then, the first one is that the transcoding or the actual converting of a video file, is actually really, really fast. I would say most cases, it’s
going to be much, much faster to get your video files
transcoded or converted in the cloud rather than downloading them and then using something
like HandBrake to convert it and then reuploading the file back to your cloud file hosting place. It’s gonna be much, much faster
to do it all in the cloud. There’s also no software that’s required, so you don’t need to download and install anything on your computer, and then worry about if it’s compatible with Mac or PC or Chrome or Linux. There’s no software required, as everything is run
through your web browser. You also have access to really
powerful computer hardware, which is why the transcoding
or converting is done so quick, much, much faster than if you were using your local computer. Another advantage is that
it’s actually surprisingly really, really cheap to have your files or your video files
converted in the cloud, especially of you’re using
a service like CloudConvert. CloudConvert has a free option, but even its paid options start at around 1.6 cents per
minute of video footage. So that’s just insane. Gee, it’s just downpouring outside, so if you’re hearing
that, that’s what it is. You also get really great integration with other cloud platforms as well. So, things like Google Drive,
like Dropbox, like, you literally can just transfer
the files between them, have them rendered, have
them automatically come back into a particular folder that you want on your cloud hosting platform. So, that is just amazing. And as for the disadvantages
of online cloud conversion or cloud video file transcoding, the biggest thing is that your files already need to be in the cloud, or you need a decent internet connection to get them there fast, otherwise, you could
probably just get away with queuing the transcodes or the conversions up on your computer and letting them run
overnight or waiting it out. So, if your files are already
up there on the internet, or you’ve got really
fast internet connection, then this is gonna be suited for you. And the other disadvantage
or thing that you need to be aware of is,
depending on where you want to use files after transcoding
or converting them, you actually may need to download them to your computer again. And if you’ve got slow internet, then that’s gonna be a painful process. But, where we said this
works really, really well is having the ability to
transcode or convert a video file from one format to another or from one quality to
another quality online without the need for downloading it, running the conversion and reuploading it back to your cloud hosting. So, right now our recommendation for online cloud based file
conversion or transcoding is a platform called CloudConvert. And like I said, they’ve
got pricing options starting at free, which will give you 25 conversion minutes per day, but it does have a one
gig maximum file size. There’s also prepaid packages with 500 conversion
minutes for around $8.00, and you’ve also got a
monthly subscription option there as well starting
at around $8.00 per month giving you 1000 conversion
minutes per month, so lots of options. So let’s take a look at CloudConvert, and do a step by step
walkthrough on how it works. You can see there’s a heap
of file types supported, from audio, CAD documents,
documents, ebooks, presentations, spread
sheets, vector images, and if we go to video, you can see here all the
different types of video files and video formats that are supported. And yes, all of the big ones are in there. To actually convert a file, all you need to do on the main home page, after you’ve logged in,
is select your file. And you get to choose if it’s from a URL, from Dropbox, Google
Drive, OneDrive, or Box. So, for this one we’re gonna choose a file from Google Drive. And here is my Google
Drive, so let’s go Videos, let’s pick this video
file here, and Select. This is actually a
really short video file. So should be a quick test here. Once we’ve got our file in there, we can set what we want to convert it to. So you can see, it’s an MP4 file. We can choose MP4 again and obviously set our
parameters around that file, or we can actually choose
other file formats too, like some of the other
ones we saw in there. However, this one we’ll leave it as MP4. Let’s just go to Settings. In here you’ve actually got
some pretty cool options. You can trim down your video. So you can change the start time so that it starts later in your video. So you can trim off the start, or you can have it finish earlier, so you can trim off the end. You also get to choose your video codec, or you can keep it the same
without re-encoding it, but I’ll tell you this
is where most people are going to want to
make the biggest change. So let’s pick H264, and then once we pick our video codec, then we can choose all
the settings around it. Now the default for most settings in this panel is to leave
things as they were, so that way you only need to make changes to the things that you wanna change, and everything else will be
left as they originally were. So the most important one here if you’re gonna adjust the quality, would be your Video Constant Quality or your bit rate for the video. So it’s suggesting 23 as normal quality, but you can lower the quality
by picking a lower bit rate. So, for this case we’re gonna choose 5. Now as you can see, you also get control over
your video aspect ratio. So, if it was wide screen, and you now wanna make it 4:3 or 1:1, you can squash it or change it in here. You can also adjust the video resolution. So, say, if you’re starting at 1080p video and you want to compress to a 720p video, then you can pick that here too. So, for our video let’s
convert it to a 480p, so we’re really dropping
the quality on it. And you’d also change the video frame rate or the frames per second, and you can also change the rotation or transpose your video here as well. So you can rotate it if it was around the
wrong way or upside down. You can do all of that here too. And likewise with video, you get same settings around audio. So if you leave it the same, it’s gonna use the settings
from the original file and try and match those, or you can manually specify the quality and the format of your audio as well. You also have the ability
to add in subtitles, and if you’re feeling really advanced, then you can add some
custom ffmpeg commands to your render as well. But for most people, I would
say these are the settings that they’re going to be playing with. Once you’re done, press Okay. And then all you need to do
is click Start Conversion. And up to top here, you can see that that’s nearly done. It’s done. It’s saved to Google, and it is totally done. So, if we click on this now Show File, gonna open up our Google Drive. We’re still processing on that, but we should still be
able to view the file. Let’s go back to Videos. You can see now that
we’ve got our original, and we’ve also got our nearly converted
video file there as well. If I delete this video file from here, there’s actually another way that you can get your
videos converted directly from inside of Google Drive. All you need to do is right-click on it, and choose Open with, and
then choose CloudConvert. So now you can see CloudConvert
we’ve got our original that we just converted there, the green one that’s finished, and we’ve got another
file that’s queued up, it’s actually the same file. It’s queued up again, ready for us to specify our
settings for that conversion. So if you’re working inside
of Google Drive a lot, then that can save you a couple of steps to be able to do it straight
from within Google Drive. So that’s it. That’s how easy it is to
convert your video files online. And as you saw, it’s
incredibly cheap to do it. And in my opinion, this is really suited for someone that already
has their video files in the cloud ready to go, to save you downloading
them back to your computer, processing them through
HandBrake or Media Encoder, or any other program, converting them and uploading them back to the cloud. If your files are in there, and you want the converted file in there as well once it’s done, then this can be the
perfect solution for you. Now, if you do have crazy fast internet and maybe a computer
that’s not so powerful, and it would take a long time
to do the conversion for you, then this also might be for you, but if your video files aren’t
already up in the cloud, and maybe you’ve got slow internet and it’s gonna take a long
time to get them up there, then this probably won’t be
the best solution for you to be able to convert your video files. That’s where something like
HandBrake or Media Encoder or even just general
video editing software can do the conversion for you. Now if you’re looking to speed up your video editing process, then check out the video
linked on screen now, where we talk through the
most efficient process for editing your videos down without any wasted time or rework. And I’ll see you soon.

Danny Hutson

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