How to Zip Video Files

By Mitchell White

Zipping files is a process that compresses them to make them smaller and easier to store and transmit. There are native controls in Windows that allow you to send video files to compressed or "zipped" folders in order to save disk space. Zipping files is useful for if you need to shave off a few megabytes so the video file will fit onto something with limited file storage, such as an email attachment or a CD.

On a PC

Step 1

Go to the "Start" menu, and select "My Computer." Open the folder where your video file is contained, such as the "My Videos" folder.

Step 2

Right-click on the video file. A drop-down appears.

Select "Send To," which opens another list of choices. Select "Compressed (zipped) folder." A zip folder appears in the same folder where your video was located, with the zipped video inside.

On a Mac

Step 1

Open the Finder, and find the video file you want to zip.

Step 2

Hold down the "Control" key, and click the mouse to bring up a menu of options.

Click on "Compress (name of video file)." The video zip file will appear under the original video file.