iOS Tip — Mobile Video: Compression with Video Slimmer (Part 2 of 3)

Use Video? Do this to Save A TON of Storage Space!

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Video Slimmer on iPad (iTunes download link)

Introduction

With the popularity of social media, the cloud and video content sharing, it has become almost imperative to have at least some basic video management skills.

My video skills are beginner, at best, but I thought it would be helpful to share my typical process for managing the content and creating shareable video (longer form in this example). My process is mobile — I use the iPhone and iPad for most of what I do.

I view the process in three steps:

1 — Access the video (create, acquire, etc.) — TO COME

2 — Compress the video to a workable size (if needed)

3 — Create content / clips to share — TO COME

2 — Video Compression

Anyone with a smartphone that creates video has likely run into the “storage almost full” warning.

This happens because video files are really, really large. You can save yourself a ton of space (and aggravation) by compressing the videos you plan to keep.

My favorite app for this is Video Slimmer.

Check it out in action here:

Video Slimmer in action — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBO-qkBeH0g

Let’s See How It Works

During a recent trip to Las Vegas, I received a video that was filmed on a Go Pro camera— my son doing the Sky Jump from the Stratosphere. The raw video files were in .mp4 format (perfect!), but they are huge. A 1:35 second video was over 350 megabytes.

Step 1 is to get the video file into the iPad (or iPhone) Camera Roll (there will be a separate post on that process — it’s not intuitive, but the “cloud” makes it easy).

Here is the file compression process.

1 — Open the Video Slimmer app

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Video Slimmer on iPad (iTunes download link)

2 — Select the video file(s) from the Camera Roll to load it into Video Slimmer.

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Access Camera Roll
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Select video from Camera Roll and Tap “Done”

3 — Once the video is loaded, set options to preferred compression size

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Set compression level / preferences
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Change compression under “Settings”
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Check level selected — Change if necessary
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I like 78% typically…

4 — Return to “Video Source” tab and tap “Slim Now!”

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5 — Once completed, the “Converted Video” tab will be active and shows your video and compression results.

  • The converted video is automatically saved to your Camera Roll
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Video compressed to approximately 20% of original size
  • Compress additional videos as necessary.
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6 — Open the Photos Camera Roll on your device and you will see your converted videos. Delete the originals.

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Compressed videos in Camera Roll

Done! I now have video files that I can use for creating shareable content AND to store, without killing my storage capacity.

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