How to Shrink Video Files for USB

by Bryan Saxton

The data storage capacity of USB thumb drives is increasing constantly, but video files are so large that they sometimes need to be compressed before they can fit on a USB drive. Some DVD and Blue Ray players, such as the Sony Play Station 3, can play movie files that are put on a USB drive.You can use free video editors, such as Windows Live Movie Maker, to reduce the size of your videos so they fit onto your USB drive.

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Open Windows Live Movie Maker.

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Click "Home" in the upper-right corner of the screen and click "Add Videos and Photos."

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Navigate to where your video is located, select it and click "Open."

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Click "Movie Maker" at the upper-right corner of the window, click "Save movie," then click "Create custom setting."

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Name your setting "USB" in the window that pops up. Change "Width" to 320 and "Height" to 240.

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Change "Bit Rate" to 2000 and "frame rate" to 20. Click "Save," then click "Close."

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Click "Movie Maker" at the upper-right corner of the window, click "Save movie," then click "USB" under "Custom Settings." Navigate to where your USB device is on your computer and save your file.

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About the Author

Bryan Saxton has been a professional freelance writer for more than eight years. A former reporter for the "Oregon Daily Emerald" and a former ITC employee, Saxton holds a Bachelor of Arts in public relations from the University of Oregon School of Journalism.

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