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How to make a large file smaller? (Googling this was like hara kiri.)

1807 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Jan 10, 2008 9:00 PM by Lorna from Hawaii RSS
Lorna from Hawaii Level 2 Level 2 (280 points)
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I made a movie in iMovie '08 and from that exported it as a QuickTime file to my web gallery. It takes too long for viewers to open it.

What are the different options I have for making that file lighter/smaller/faster to open? I Googled “how to make a file smaller” and got a bunch of different forums saying different things and none of them expressed the thoughts clearly or completely.

Is it basically something that I would do with QuickTime? I have my QuickTime file, which is a six-minute movie. Different forums mention things like using different codecs (?) etc etc, but I want to learn the simplest way to do it without me buying more applications. I do not have Final Cut Express/Pro. I have only iMovie '08 and QuickTime Pro.

Also: Is there any chapter or site which explains this? Googling around didn't lead me to any cogent explanations. Hope there is help. I think that if I get this basic kind of lesson down, I will come to really enjoy making videos. I have so many ideas.........

~Lorna in SoCal
24" Intel iMac 222.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 2 GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM, Mac OS X (10.5), LaCie ext HD 500 gigs and 111 gigs, Canoscan scanner
  • Zerimar Level 2 Level 2 (370 points)
    To make the movie a smaller file you could do several things. What I would recommend is in iMovie 08 to select share in the menu bar and then choose ".mac web gallery" and choose the smallest size to make the file small as possible.

    Also if you use the fully featured quicktime you can compress files within quicktime to make the file size smaller.

    There are most likely other ways of doing it, those are the easiest.
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  • QuickTimeKirk Level 8 Level 8 (47,350 points)
    Since you and I both knew Elizabeth Gay and she bought me my iMac G3 400 DV SE I have a method that can help you.
    I wrote a "book" (PDF format) I named "QuickTime Pro: Explained". Nearly 300 full sized pages explaining all of the codecs, menus, options and tips and tricks that can be found in QuickTime Pro. It covers both version 6 and 7 in great detail.
    I peddle the book from my iDisk at: and sell the password to it for $12. E-Gay would like to give you a free copy (through me).
    Send me an email (screen name left and I'll send you the password.
    Mac mini (G4 1.4), iMac G3 400, and Sony laptop using XP, Mac OS X (10.5.1), 10.3.9 OS 9.2
  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,335 points)
    If you share to .mac at Medium size, I have found that that is a good compromise between quality and loading time for those who have broadband connections.

    If you have friends with dial-up, get new friends, or, better yet, export in Tiny size.

    Also, you can share to .mac web gallery in multiple sizes, so that your recipient can choose to get large, medium, mobile, or tiny.

    This is useful because they might want to view in Medium, to avoid the delay, but then download in Large to have the best version for iTunes and their Apple TV.

    This would require telling your friends how to select the size by clicking on the size options in WebGallery.
    iMac 24, Mac OS X (10.5.1), Parallels 5282 with XP
  • GilesMDavis Calculating status...
    Hi Lorna,

    when I Googled this I found your post and you inspired me.

    I have the answer!

    In Quicktime Pro go File>'export movie to Quicktime movie'

    Then in the 'Use' drop-down menu choose the size you want.

    I had a 95MB movie and exporting it to "broadband - medium" made it a far more acceptable 1.1MB which still looked good enough for a presentation.

    Hope this helps

    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.4.10), it's shiny


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