Is there an easy way to reduce quality of .mov files taken from an iPhone?

by Jeremy Mullin   Last Updated January 14, 2018 05:12 AM

I've noticed the small movies I take on my iPhone 4 result in large .mov files. For example, a 1 minute movie results in almost a 100MB .mov file. This is running through my cloud storage (Dropbox) rather quickly. Is there an easy way to reduce the quality/size after transferring to my Mac?



Answers 2


Most of this is documented:

Right click on video file Choose resolution click continue

The Finder has built in video encoding and you could even use these to set up watch folders and attach a pre-set conversion using Automator if you found one setting that you prefer...

bmike
bmike
November 15, 2011 00:03 AM

You can transcode them while transferring!

You can do exactly same automator workflow but make it an Image Capture plug-in. So you can choose in "Image Capture" videos from your iOS device and import them transcoded.

Really easy steps are presented on macworld.com, basically you use

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and import your movies using Image Capture.

If you check the box [Show this action when the workflow runs] you will be able to choose destination folder and compress options.

DanSkeel
DanSkeel
May 13, 2012 18:47 PM

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