How to Compress a Video File With Windows Movie Maker

In order for your movie to be easily watched over the Web, you need to compress the size of the video file. There are a few FREE video editing programs available that can help. The most popular program among videobloggers is Windows Movie Maker.

Depending on what version of Windows XP you have, Movie Maker comes installed.

To compress a video file, you have to open this program and click on Import Video link in the menu on the left side.

How to Compress a Video File With Windows Movie Maker

Choose the video file that you want to import, and download it to the program.

Windows Movie Maker

Drag a video clip with your mouse, and drop it on the Time line below.

Windows Movie Maker Tutorial

Now click on FILE at the top, and then Save Movie File

Compress a Video File

Choose My computer, and click next

How to compress a video file

Enter a file name for your video, and choose a directory to save your file to. Click Next

How to Compress a Video

In the new window, click on Show more choices link.

Video File With Windows Movie Maker

Check the box Other Settings, and a new menu will appear.

How to Compress a VideoWith Windows Movie Maker

Open the menu, and select any of three given options for
“Video for Broadband”: 512 Kbps, 340Kbps, and 150Kbps.

How to Compress a Video File With Windows Movie Maker

512Kbps offers the best quality, but is also the largest file.
In my example I chose the smallest file size, which is “Video for Broadband 150 Kbps”

How to Compress a Video File With Windows Movie Maker

Click Next, and save your movie in the smaller file size.

How to Compress a Video File With Windows Movie Maker

Click Finish.

Now your movie has been saved to your computer as a much smaller file
size, and you can upload it to other sites in a compressed format
Marina S.


  1. Diane on December 27 at 7:39 pm said:

    thanks for the clear instructions with visuals. I’m saving the file now and hoping it works.

  2. Terry T on April 27 at 1:41 am said:

    Wow, That was so easy and useful. Thank you.

  3. Sonia on April 30 at 10:08 pm said:

    VERY helpful and concise, even for a technologically-inept person like me! Thanks!

  4. radha on August 6 at 1:54 pm said:

    Thank you soooooo much
    If i had not found this info I would have had to pay extra for extra storage space on the website.


  5. louisa on November 26 at 3:12 am said:

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! i’ve had trouble with this before.. :)

  6. It don’t work with Windows 7 :( (

  7. I have an iPhone 4 and apparently it records in a different codec- my Windows Movie Maker won’t recognize the file. I scrolled thru the responses but didn’t see anyone dealing w/ this issue. Thanks!

  8. John Oliver on June 14 at 9:29 am said:

    Thanks for the most helpful site of the Year. I have struggled to be able to send some awsome footage and you have solved the problem with your easy and comprehensive guide.

  9. Lucy on October 13 at 8:18 am said:

    Thank you soooooooooooooooooooooo Much!!!!!!

  10. Mike on November 14 at 11:24 am said:

    You are quite simply…. a global megastar!!! Just followed your instructions to the letter and can now happily upload clips without the tedious long wait. Thank you so much :) :) :)

  11. Xen on November 28 at 9:19 am said:

    Thanks Much:) It’s a great help! :-)

  12. mahin tarar on December 9 at 4:50 pm said:

    thankyou so much this helped alot :)

  13. Holly on December 16 at 7:23 am said:

    you rock! thankyou! :)

  14. Show time on December 19 at 12:25 pm said:

    You are the man, that was more than helpful

  15. Mita on December 20 at 3:19 pm said:

    OMG!!!!!! thank you soooo much! i had to wait for 2 hrs and 10 mins b4 to upload my vid in yotube! it was so darn big! thank you so much! i was at my breaking point with no hope. :)

  16. harsh on January 16 at 2:17 pm said:

    thank u very much…:)

  17. JD on January 23 at 3:38 am said:

    Thank you so much for this simple but effective way to Compress a Video File With Windows Movie Maker…. simple!!!
    Thank you, thank you!!

  18. very very very very helpful! thanks a lot :D

  19. alvin on March 8 at 6:30 am said:

    Thanks a lot……..

  20. yep… it worked… but even with the highest (500 mbps) quality it still sucks -.- man i cant see a thing -.- well it did make it from 3.95 GB to 9.10 MB but the quality is SOO poor -.- maybe another program whould be better? or am i wrong???

  21. JOEY on February 5 at 3:55 am said:


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