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How to Compress Videos for YouTube, Vimeo, Instagram Efficiently


To upload videos to YouTube, Vimeo, you must meet its requirement like file size. Thus, before sharing videos online, you'd better compress your video files first. In this article, we will share an efficient way to help you compress videos for YouTube/Vimeo/Instagram preserving the best quality.

Best Software to Compress Videos

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This all-around video converter software program overshadows other rivals with its matchless video compression speed to convert &compress 4K to 1080P, 1080P to 720P video and other smaller-sized FLV/MP4 for uploading to YouTube, Vimeo, Instagram within seconds.

Main Features:

- Support compression of most video formats, including MP4, MOV, MKV, AVI, MPG, MTS/M2TS and many others.
- Flexible compression settings for you to set container, codec, resolution and bit rate with ease.
- You're able to personalize your video before compression.
- The program performs video compression much faster than other software.
- Perfectly supports macOS 10.7 or later (including Sierra & El Capitan) and Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista.

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YouTube Video Upload Requirements:

File Size and Duration

Videos within 15 minutes or longer for a verified account can be uploaded to YouTube. And the maximum 20GB in size is allowed. 8,000 Kbps or 50,000 Kbps for 1080P video is recommended by them. But you can resize YouTube videos in smaller size to avoid the waiting and reduce the bandwidth usage. And for SD 4:3 video, use a resolution of 640x480. For SD 16:9 widescreen video use 854x480, and for HD video use either 1280x720 or 1920x1080.

Video Formats Accepted by YouTube

On the list of YouTube supported video formats there are MOV, MP4, AVI, WMV, 3GP, FLV, MPEG, MKV, SWF. Any videos, from the video you just shot with your iPhone 6S/7 4K camera, to your latest HD video production, can be uploaded to YouTube, however, you're suggested to compress/shrink video for YouTube in smaller-size formats like WMV, AVI, FLV.

Vimeo Video Upload Requirements:

File Size and Duration:

Vimeo offers its users 500MB of free storage every week, and features SD and 720p HD playback for free and pro users alike. You'd better limit the bit rate of your video to 2,000-5,000 kbps for SD, and 5,000-10,000 kbps for 720p HD video. Limiting the bit rate means limiting the amount of information that's transmitted every second your video is playing. Scaling back your bit rate to Vimeo's specifications will ensure smooth playback for your audience. Vimeo supports constant frame rates of 24, 25, or 30 (or 29.97) frames per second. If your video was shot at a higher frame, just divide that frame rate by two and compress accordingly.

Video Formats Accepted by Vimeo

H.264 is a standard codec that balances high visual quality with efficient file size. It's a great starting point for encoding your videos as it ensures you'll get the most of our your upload quota while minimizing upload and conversion times. Be sure to choose the "High Profile" H.264 setting instead of "Main Profile."

Apple ProRes 422 (HQ)
This professional-quality codec ensures a high quality for your encoded video but typically results in a much larger file size than H.264. If you notice quality issues with your H.264 videos and have ample storage space on your Vimeo account, using ProRes may produce a better result.

Instagram Video Upload Requirements:

Video length: 3 secs - 60 secs.
Resolution: Maximum 1920 x 1080.
Frame rate: 30fps max.
Bit rate: 3,500 kbps video bitrate is preferred.
Audio codec: AAC (Advanced Audio Coding). 128kbps is the best for Instagram.
Aspect ratio: 1.9:1 to 1:1. 1:1 videos at 1080px1080p are commonly used.
Best video codec: H.264. Instagram accepts H.264 video compression. If your video is not encoded with H.264, use Instagram video converter to decode and encode videos to Instagram video format codec.
Best video format: MP4 and MOV. Instagram supports MP4 and MOV container format. The best video format for Instagram upload is MP4 with H.264 codec and AAC audio, 3,500 kbps video bitrate.
File size: 15MB max.

How to Compress Videos for YouTube, Vimeo, Instagram

Step 1: Upload videos to be compressed to the converter

After launching this video converter software, please go to Add button to import videos under "Converter" page.


Step 2: Compress video for YouTube

Option 1: As you know that YouTube, Vimeo supports various formats: MOV, MPEG4, MP4, AVI, WMV, MPEGPS, FLV, 3GPP, WebM. In order to compress video without hurting the quality, you can change the output format of your video. If you select MP4 as the format, your video size will be reduced without quality loss.


Option 2: If you don't want to change the video format, please set the resolution, frame rate, bit rate and codec so as to compress the video. To achieve this, you should go to "Settings" and then adjust the video audio parameters.


Step 3: Compress Video for YouTube/Vimeo

At last, hit the "Start" button to finish the process to compress videos for YouTube, Instagram, Vimeo upload!


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