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Make a video file smaller

Last updated: 25 August 2017


The size of a file refers to how many kilobytes/megabytes/gigabytes it is. The size of a rendered video file produced from VideoScribe will vary depending on a number of factors.


Things that will affect the size of a rendered video include:

  • The number of image and text elements.
  • The file size of images when imported.
  • The duration of the scribe - the total animate time of all elements in the scribe.
  • The presence of audio - voiceover and music track.
  • The default image import quality setting when the images were imported.
  • The output video format chosen when rendering.
  • The output resolution chosen when rendering.
  • The output frame rate chosen when rendering.

So there are a number of things you can do to get the file size of your rendered video down:

  • Reduce the number of image and text elements.
  • Optimise your images before you import them.
  • Make the length of the scribe shorter.
  • Use shorter audio clips (music and voiceover).
  • Use a lower default image import quality setting when adding images.
  • Use WMV or AVI output format - these will take longer than MOV but will result in a lower video file size. You could also render your scribe via sho.co which will allow you to download your scribe as an MP4 video file. This file type is the smallest of all the video format options.
  • Choose a lower output resolution, e.g, choose 720 standard HD (1280 x 720) instead of 1080 full HD (1920 x 1080). Smaller output resolutions are 360 web/mobile (640 x 360) and 640 normal (1138 x 640).
  • Use a lower output frame rate - this reduces the number of frames per second of video and will result in a smaller file size.

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