How to Compress Video for Use in Snapchat?

Snapchat is an image messaging and multimedia mobile application. Actually, Snapchat not only allows you to send pictures to friends but also enables you to post videos straight from your camera roll. What should be paid attention to is that Snapchat only allows videos of up to 2.5MB to be shared. Therefore, if your camera roll video is bigger than 2.5MB, you need to trim it to a shorter one to compress the video or just directly compress the video by downsizing the video resolution or bitrate. Below is the best way to compress video for use in Snapchat and the specifications of Snapchat video.

Snapchat Video Specifications:

  • Maximum ad length: 10 seconds (4-7 seconds is recommended)
  • Maximum file size: 2.5 MB
  • Asset dimensions: 1080 x 1920 (image must use the entire canvas)
  • 150px margin on top and bottom, 64px margin on each side
  • Resolution: 9:16 aspect ratio
  • File type: .mp4 or .mov file
  • Video code: H.264 encoded
  • Audio code: Audio 2 channels; PCM or AAC codec 192 minimum kbps 16 or 24 bit only 48 KHz sample rate

Best Video Compressor to Shrink Video Size for Snapchat

Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate is a straight-forward and efficient software solution designed specifically as a means of shrinking movies in order to make them fit on removable media drives or prevent them from taking too much space on users' computers. This Video Compressor is designed to help you optimize your video files for Snapchat. The software can compress, resize and even cut videos at the same time. It can compress MKV, MP4, FLV, VOB, HEVC, TS, AVI, WMV and other video files to Snapchat supported video size and shift the video formats to Snapchat supported MP4 and MOV formats.

This video size reduce software enables you to compress video resolution, reduce video bitrate, trim video length, crop video and convert video another more compressed codec video to compress the video size for use in Snapchat. The software enables you to choose the compressing options yourself. Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate is available on Windows 7/Windows 8/Windows 8.1/Windows 10 while Pavtube iMedia Converter for Mac compresses files on macOS 10.13, macOS Sierra, Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan, Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite, etc.

How to Compress Video for Use in Snapchat?

Step 1: Load videos

Click "File" drop-down option, then select "Add Video/Audio" or "Add from folder" to select the video file you want to compress. If you have several files to compress, this compressor also supports batch compression.

load wmv

Step 2: Compress video size for Snapchat

To know how to reduce video size for Snapchat, you should know what will affect the video size largely. Normally, there are 3 factors that can affect the video size:

- Video resolution: The higher the resolution, the clearer the picture. However, the higher the resolution, the larger the file size will be. Changing the original video to a smaller resolution will lead to a smaller file size.

- Bit rate: As for the bit rate, lowering the bit rate will bring about the decrease of the video file size. But please keep in mind the image quality will be bad in case you make the bit rate too low.

- Frame rate: The frame rate has a significant impact on the file size. Lowering the frame rate of your video to 15 or 10 fps can reduce the file size by as much as 1/2 or 2/3. However, reducing the frame rate may affect the smoothness of the playback. Acceptable frame rates vary depending on the specific video clip. You may have to experiment to find the lowest acceptable value.

After you learned the factors that affects the video size, you can choose Snapchat supported video formats and then compress the video size for Snapchat. Choose MP4 as output format will be better. Just click on "Format" bar, go to "Common Video", then select "H.264 Video(*.mp4).

output h.264 mp4

Step 3: Compress video size for Snapchat

Option A - Lower video Resolution, Frame Rate, Bit Rate

Click "Settings" button behind Format bar, to open "Profile Settings" window. Here, you are allowed to adjust various parameters like Resolution, Frame Rate, Bit Rate, etc. You can change output video resolution to 640 x 480, which will largely reduce video size. Or lower the bit rate 20-50% of the default to get small files. However, the lower parameters value will reduce video size. Please note that a proper value is needed to keep good balance between file size and video quality.

profile settings

Option B - Trim / Crop / Split WMV Video File

Click the "Edit" icon on the UI to open "Video Editor" window.

1. Trim Video File Length

Under the "Video Editor" window, switch to "Trim" tab, you can cut off the unwanted parts from a long video to shorter ones. Just drag the slider bars to include the segment you want to remain, click the left square bracket to set start point, and click the right square bracket to set end point when previewing the video or directly input specific values to "Start" and "End" box. Finally, click "OK".


2. Crop to shrink video size

To eliminate black bars and unwanted area of image, under the "Video Editor" window, switch to the "Crop" bar, and follow the below methods to crop selected video:

A. Crop video by dragging and dropping the crop frame. Simply move your mouse cursor to drag and adjust the green frame to desired position.

B. Crop video by setting values. There are "Simple Mode" and "Advanced Mode" under Crop feature.


3. Split WMV file into smaller ones

By clicking the "Split" button under the file displaying list, checking "Enable" to enable it, and then you can split video file by file count, time length, or file size according to your own needs.


Step 4: Start video Compression Process for Snapchat

After all the setting are finished, you just need to go back to the main interface and click the Convert button, this software will finish all the tasks you just do. After a while, you'll get your video files in smaller size on your computer. Then you can quickly share your videos with your friends by Snapchat.

How to upload videos to Snapchat?

Here, we can see the how to upload gallery Pictures and videos to snapchat…

Step 1: Launch Snapchat app on your iPhone or Android device.

Step 2: Next to see the camera screen like below…

Step 3: After take Pictures or upload the Pictures and videos to your story or snaps.

Step 4: Upload saved Pictures and videos to just navigate the two round icons on the snap screen at the bottom of the screen like, see the below image.

Step 5: Now, we have needed to tap on the smaller one round icon.

Step 6: Then swipe left and choose your favorite Pictures and videos from the gallery.

Now you can see the all your snaps to available on the gallery and swipe left to head into the camera roll from snaps section.

Step 7: After, Tap to Edit at the bottom of the screen And apply new filters, drawings, or optimize the look of your picture.

Step 8: Now make a new story and also add a caption or selected friends to send your snap.

Step 9: Tap on Send icon at the bottom of the right corner.

Step 10: All Done.

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