MOV files are one of the most common file types you’ll come across when working with videos, particularly if you are working with Apple products. When creating and sharing MOV files you might find that the size is often quite large, particularly when you’re dealing with long videos. So how can you reduce the size of a MOV file into something more manageable? With Pinnacle Studio you can compress a MOV file to reduce the file size.
A MOV file is an Apple Quicktime Movie that is excellent for storing high quality video. It’s a fairly uncompressed video type that retains a lot of data, ideal for showcasing the best version of a video possible. Although it was created by Apple for use with Quicktime, it has been universally adopted as one of the most common video file types although it’s not necessarily supported by every platform.
Typically, a video editor would choose to render a video as a MOV rather than an MP4 or something more compressed when they want to keep the video as high quality as possible. But large files can be slow to work with, and what can you do if you receive a MOV that’s simply too big to share, and quality isn’t as important as getting it sent somewhere quickly? That’s when compressing a file type comes in.
Compressing a MOV into a much smaller file is great for when you don’t need to prioritize video quality. MOV files can be huge, particularly when the video is long, so if you need to transfer it to a client or a colleague quickly or just want it to play a bit easier on your system, then compressing it will create a smaller file that’s much more manageable to work with.
The quality won’t be as high, but the file will be smaller, faster, quicker to transfer, and take up much less space.
It’s easy to compress a MOV file within Pinnacle Studio, and all it takes is just a few clicks to export the project as a new file.
This will create a new, smaller, compressed file in your chosen location.
MOV files are incredible Apple-created file types for storing high quality video files, but when quality isn’t the highest priority they can be cumbersome. If you want to make a MOV file smaller and easier to store and transfer, compressing it within video editing software like Pinnacle Studio is the best way to create a lower quality, but much more manageable video file.