How to Shrink Video Files for USB

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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.

Things You'll Need

  • Windows Live Movie Maker
  • Open Windows Live Movie Maker.

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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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