Compressing Video in Movie Maker

Compressing Video is necessary if you want to upload it on the web for people to watch it. Here are the steps of how you can do this in Windows Movie Maker.

Step 1: Import the Video into Movie Maker

Initialize Windows Movie Maker and in the left panel under Capture Video, select Import Video. From the box that comes up, browse to the location where you have stored your file and select it.

Step 2: Edit the Video if Necessary

You can now see your video file in the right panel, and you can drag it from there onto the Timeline and make any required changes to it if necessary.

Step 3: Saving and Compressing

Windows Movie Maker lets you save and compress your video file under one function. So, Click on File from the top menu bar and select Save Movie File. This will open up the Save Movie Wizard window with options for Movie Location. This will decide where you want your video file to be saved. Here, select My Computer and click on the Next button. Now you will need to enter the name of the video you are saving and the exact location.

After this, the Movie Setting box will come up with several options. Select Other Settings and from the drop down box click on "Video for broadband (340 Kbps)". If you choose an option with a higher broadband speed, your video will be streamed faster but your compression rate will be less. Now click on the Next button, and Movie Maker will start compressing your file which you can see with the progress bar.

If you now compare the size of your compressed video file with the original, you will find that your file size has shrunk by at least 60%.