Travel videos can be an excellent resource to learn more about a destination that you want to visit. The right videos can help you learn about the place, its people, culture, sights, attractions, food, activities, and more.

Rather than just watching or taking notes from videos that you find useful however – why not take them with you. By compressing travel videos that you want to use as reference material, you can even reduce their file size so that they fit comfortably on your smartphone or tablet.

Assuming you’re interested in doing that, there are two ways you could compress your videos:

  • Convert the travel video’s codec

By converting the travel video’s codec to one that has better compression, you can reduce its file size while maintaining its quality. The exact amount of the reduction will depend on the original codec and the codec that you’re converting to – and newer codecs often have much better compression.

Just be aware that the video codec you convert to needs to be compatible with your mobile device, otherwise you may have difficulty playing it. Converting the codec to H.264 is a safe option, but if your device is newer it may support H.265 – which can reduce the file size of even H.264 videos by up to 50%.

  • Reduce the travel video’s bitrate

If you reduce the travel video’s bitrate it will directly reduce its file size, but its quality will be affected. The more you reduce the bitrate the more the quality will deteriorate, and compression artifacts may appear.

That is why you should use this option carefully, and gradually reduce the bitrate while checking the video quality to make sure it doesn’t deteriorate too much.

It should be noted that there is another useful option that you could use: Extract highlights of important information from the travel videos that you watch. That will let you take the parts of the video that you find useful with you, as videos of much smaller sizes.

In some cases you may even want to use a combination of all three options: Extract highlights, convert them to a codec with better compression, and then reduce the bitrate afterwards. That should help truly minimize the file size and allow you to store tons of clips from travel videos for reference.

Regardless of the option you choose, you will need a video converter to compress your video – and for example you could try Movavi Video Converter. It can be used as a MOV to MP4 converter too, so you can compress videos and make sure they are compatible with the H.264 codec.

All said and done you should easily reduce the file size of the travel videos that you want to take with you now that you know what to do. The only thing that remains is to go ahead and start watching travel videos so you can figure out which ones you’d like to save, compress, and use as reference material.