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Compress Videos for WhatsApp with Best Quality

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WhatsApp is a freeware and cross-platform messaging and Voice over IP (VoIP) service owned by Facebook. The application allows the sending of text messages and voice calls, as well as video calls, images and other media, documents, and user location. But the size limit of Whatsapp is driving users crazy. You even can not upload a 1-minute video recorded in 720p, while where the 4k is becoming a standard on smartphones, GoPro, DSLR cameras etc, the mingy WhatsApp size limit seems to be rediculous. But now, if you want to share larger videos on it, you have to compress video for Whatsapp.

WhatsApp’s Size Limit

The maximum allowed size for documents on WhatsApp is 100MB, while the maximum size limit of WhatsApp is shrunk to 16MB only. Do you have an idea of that size? Let’s see the common video sizes in our life. A 1 minute of iPhone video recorded at the lowest resolution 720P comes in 60MB or 40MB in HEVC. And the size goes up to 200MB for a 1-minute iPhone video at 4K 60fps. A typical camcorder will give you a 150MB for a 1 minute 1080P video. Therefore, in most cases, you will need to reduce video size for WhatsApp. But how to shrink large videos to WhatsApp’s tiny 16MB?

Make Your Video Ready for WhatsApp

To make your video ready for WhatsApp, you can try Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate (to get Mac version). In our daily life, video easily exceeds WhatsApp’s size limit, with Pavtube Compressor in hand, you can easily:

  • Reduce 8K, 6K, 4K ultra HD, Full HD 1080P, HD 720P by 50%-70% via converting to a more compressed video format, parameter adjusting, video editing and codec selecting for WhatsApp, Youtube, Facobook, Vimeo;
  • Downsize any videos from iPhone, iPad, webcams, GoPro cameras, DSLR, HD Flip cameras etc;
  • Compress videos in any formats covering HEVC H.265, AVCHD, MTS, H.264, MPEG4, AVI etc;
  • Compress video for WhatsApp by trimming, cropping, splitting, and other video editing features.

How to Compress Videos for WhatsApp?

Free download Windows version or Mac verison:

Step 1. Import 4K/HD/SD video you want to compress into this software

Click "File" to load the video you want to compress into this software. Or you can directly drag or drop video into the program.

Import 4K/HD/SD video you want to compress into this software

Step 2. Define the output video format.

Before you select the output video format, you have to know Whatsapp supports certain video formats only, namely MP4, AVI, MKV, MOV, FLV, 3GP. Furthermore, to downsize videos for WhatsApp, you should also know which WhatsApp format has the smallest file size. Let’s check the respective size of the major formats.

Apparently, 3GP, HEVC and WebM are the formats that have the smallest sizes. However, HEVC and WebM are not supported by WhatsApp. So if you want to send longer videos via WhatsApp, 3GP is a good choice. But if you want to reduce video file size for WhatsApp 16MB without losing quality as far as possible, MP4 H.264 will be your best bet.

To output video for WhatsApp, you can choose "H.264 Baseline Profile Video(*.mp4)" as the final output video format. You also can choose 3GP as you like.

Define the output video format.

Step 3. Compress video size

This software offers you three ways to compress your videos. You can choose one of them, or all of them to make the video standard for WhatsApp.

Option 1. Split video into small parts.

By clicking the "Split" button under the file displaying list, checking "Enable" to enable it, and then you can split the file by file count, time length, or file size according to your own needs.

Split video into small parts.

Option 2. Trim/Crop/ video.

Select an item on the main interface to active the "Editor" function, then click the Edit icon on the tool bar of main interface to open the Editor Window, you can play and preview the original video and output effects. Also you can trim video length, crop video unwanted parts as you like.

Option 3. Adjuts video parameters.

The third way to compress video size is to lower the video resolution and bit rate. This software allows you to do this. In the "Profile Settings" you can adjust video codec, frame rate, bit rate, resolution, sample rate, channels according to your needs.

You can downscale video resolution and bit rate to make the video smaller. Normally, video size is based more on bit rate than resolution.

Adjuts video parameters.

Step 4. Start to compress video size for WhatsApp

When you have done all setting, go to press the Convert on the UI to start the compression process. When it’s over, you can get the generated video in the output folder you set. Now you will be free to upload any video to WhatsApp for sharing.


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