How to Shrink AVI Files

AVI video files are shrunk or compressed in order to be uploaded to a website or sent via email. AVI files can be compressed using a free video programme such as VLC or an online converter. This emindsca will show you how to compress an AVI file.

Method 1 Using an Online Compressor

1. Go to in a web browser. You can use any web browser on PC or Mac. This website allows you to upload an AVI file and reduce the file size of it.

Alternatively, you can use if doesn’t work. However, Clideo puts watermarks on your videos.

2. Select a file by clicking on it. It’s the white button to the left of the field, just below the top banner. You can use this to look for an AVI video file.

3. Click Open after selecting the AVI file to be shrunk. Navigate to the folder containing the AVI file you want to shrink in Mac File Explorer or Finder. To select it, click on it. Then, in the lower-right corner, click Open. This option selects the video file that will be uploaded and compressed. Your video file will appear in the field next to the “Select File” button.

4. Click the Upload File & Compress button. It’s the blue button to the right of the field containing your videos. This uploads and compresses your video file. This could take some time.

You can upload files up to 500 MB in size.

5. Click the Download button. When the file has finished compressing, you will see green text that says “Complete!” in the centre of the page. To the right of that text is a blue button that says “Download.” It will also indicate how much larger the new file will be in comparison to the old one. To save the compressed file to your “Downloads” folder, click this button.

Method 2 Using VLC

1. VLC must be downloaded and installed. VLC is an open-source media player and converter that is free to use. It supports a wide range of video formats and can play and convert them. It is compatible with both Windows and Mac. If you haven’t already, follow these steps to download and install VLC:


Go to in a web browser.

Click Download VLC.

Open the installation file in your web browser or Downloads folder and click Yes.

Select a language and click Ok.

Click Next.

Click Next.

Click Browse to select an install location (optional) and click Install.

Click Finish.


Go to in a web browser.

Click Download VLC.

Open the installation file in your web browser or Downloads folder.

Drag the VLC icon into your Applications folder.

2. Launch VLC. VLC’s icon is shaped like an orange traffic cone. To open VLC, click the VLC icon in your Windows Start menu or the Applications folder on your Mac.

3. Choose File or Media. It’s the first option in the top menu bar. If you’re using the Windows version, it’s the “Media” menu. It is the “File” menu if you are using VLC on a Mac.

4. Convert/Stream or Convert/Save should be selected. This launches the converter. On Windows, it’s the “Convert/Save” option. On a Mac, it’s the “Convert/Stream” option.

5. Click Add or Open Media. On Windows, click the button that says “Add” in the upper-right corner. On Mac, click the button that says “Open Media”.

6. Select the AVI file to be shrunk and press the Open button. Navigate to the folder containing the AVI file you want to shrink using the file browser. To select the file to shrink, click on it. Then click the Open button.

7. Click the Convert/Save button (Windows only). If you’re using Windows, once you’ve selected a file, click Convert/Save in the lower-right corner.

8. Click Customize or the wrench-shaped icon. It’s right next to the drop-down menu that says “Profile.” On a Mac, it’s a “Customize” button. On a PC, it’s an icon that looks like a wrench.

9. Choose “AVI.” This option determines the video file type. To keep the video in AVI format, select the radio button next to “AVI.”

You can also choose a different file format, such as MP4. This will convert the AVI file to another file format. MP4 video files are far more widely used and much smaller than AVI files.

10. Click the Video Codec tab. It’s the second tab at the top. This allows you to adjust the video codec settings.

11. Choose a video codec. To select a video codec, use the drop-down menu next to “Codec.” If you want the finished video to be in AVI format, you must use one of the DIVX codecs. If you don’t mind converting it, you can choose a different codec, such as H.264, which is ideal for high-definition videos.

12. Reduce the bitrate. A lower bitrate will result in a much smaller video. However, if the bitrate is too low, the image quality will suffer. Try a bitrate that’s about 20% lower than the original. The bitrates of AVI files are much higher than those of MP4 and other file formats. If you’re unsure about the bitrate to use, try between 2000 and 5000 KB/s.

In Windows, right-click a video file and select Properties to view its bitrate. Then, on the Details tab, click. The bitrate appears next to “Total Bitrate.” Open the video file in Quicktime on a Mac, then press Command + I”‘ to access the video inspector.

13. Reduce the resolution (optional). Another method for reducing video size is to reduce the image scale. The simplest way to do this is to go to the Resolution tab (Windows only) and select “0.75” or “0.5” from the drop-down menu next to “Scale.”

14. Reduce the audio bitrate (optional). If your video includes audio, you can reduce the audio bitrate to reduce file size. The average bitrate for most audio compression is 128. If you don’t mind a slightly lower audio quality, 96 will suffice.

15. Click Apply or Save. It’s in the lower-right corner of the window.

16. Click the Browse button. It’s in the window’s lower-right corner. This allows you to specify the video file’s destination and filename.

17. Choose a save location and filename, then click Save. Navigate to the location where you want to save the file. Then, in the field next to “Save As” or “File name,” enter a name for the video. When you’re finished, click Save.

18. Save or begin by clicking the appropriate button. It can be found in the lower-right corner. This will begin the conversion of your video. This could take some time. When finished, it will generate a new video file based on your specifications.

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