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Compress Big (4K/1080p) Drone Video for Sharing Online or Space Saving | Windows 10

It's crucial to get a proper tool for compressing drone video like from 4K to 1080p, 1080p to 720p or lower, for sharing on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Whatsapp etc. Don't sacrifice much quality only for size shrinking.

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U.S. dollar sales of consumer drone sales increased 33% in the past 2017. Those priced between $500 - $999 becomes the main force of sales growth, from which we can illustrate that drone enthusiasts start to pursue better video shooing in the air other than just having fun with this tech toy. Drones at relatively higher price are usually equipped with more elaborate aircraft, wider controllable & vibration range, better brushless gimbal & camera lens etc. No matter what, the final purpose is to capture more amazing aerial movie, for collecting by self or sharing to others.

Why Drone Video Compression Is Needed

With the popularity of UHD video, 4K/2160p resolution and HEVC/H.265 video codec support is gradually spreading to unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) field. Generally, an one-minute 1080p video would take 100~500 MB while a 4K video would take at 1 GB or more. For one thing, HD/UHD drone video takes up much space on computer. For another, it's troublesome to put homemade drone video online. Because many sites have upload limit on video length, size, format etc.. Let's just have a look at video upload limitation on hot sites/apps.

2018 Best Drone Video Compressor

- Fast Compress (4K 60/30 fps) Video with Hardware Acceleration Enabled


WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe is the first HD video shrinking tool that supports both CPU and GPU encoder & decoder, to make any (drone) video compression as the computer performance allows.

  • : Windows 10 (32 & 64 bit) or lower

HEVC support and "almost no" requirement on video uploading size and length make YouTube the best place to share self-created drone videos. But when you want to share large H.265 aerial video on Twitter, INS or send to someone via Whatsapp, you have to compress drone video beforehand.

Drone Video Upload Limitations on Hot Sites/Apps
  • YouTube
  • ★ Video Duration: 12 hours max

    ★ Maximum Size: 128GB

  • ★ Format/Codec: .MOV, .MP4, .MPEG4, .AVI, HEVC etc.

    ★ Others: Video Ratio at 16:9 or 4:3 

  • Facebook
  • ★ Video Duration: 2 hours max

    ★ Maximum Size: 4GB

  • ★ Format/Codec: mov, mp4, avi, gif, m4v, mkv etc.

    ★ Others: Video Ratio from 9:16 to 16:9

  • Twitter
  • ★ Video Duration: 140 seconds

    ★ Maximum Size: 512MB

  • ★ Format/Codec: MP4, MOV (H.264)

    ★ Others: Maximum resolution at 1920 x 1200

  • Instagram
  • ★ Video Duration: 3-60 seconds

    ★ Maximum Size: No limit

  • ★ Format/Codec: MP4 (H.264)

    ★ Others: Maximum resolution at 1920 x 1200

  • Whatsapp
  • ★ Duration: Uncertain (about 90s to 3 mins of video)

    ★ Maximum Size: 128GB

  • ★ Format/Codec: MP4 (H.264)

    ★ Others: - 

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Free Download Drone Video Compressor

WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe is a video converter specially designed for transcoding videos for different usages. HD video compression, including compressing drone video, is one of its fortes. Once you do proper output settings, (4K/2K/1080p) drone films would be compressed with the highest possible quality at the fastest speed you computer could achieve. Below are drone video compression tips for various situations.

Please export drone video to computer, install and load source drone video to WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe for preparation.

How to Compress HEVC/H.265 Drone Video to H.264 MP4?

compress drone video from h.265 to h.264 MP4

In order to publish HEVC encoded video in .mp4 on Facebook/Instagram, or plan to watch it on big screen that does not have HEVC support, you are suggested to transfer HEVC to H.264 MP4. As the most acceptable format, "MP4 Video (h.264+aac)" is also recommended by WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe and listed at the top list of "General Profiles". Choose it after loading drone video and click "OK".

One thing you have to note that the default resolution is set at 1920x1080. If you want to keep original resolution, or change to 1280x720/720x480 etc., or customize at any other desired ones, just open settings by clicking sawtooth icon to do so under video options. On the settings panel, video aspect ratio can be made to 16x9, 4x3 or 3x2; video frame rate is available to reset; video bitrate can also be chosen to VBR or CBR. At CBR model, lower bit rate achieves smaller video size.

Currently, MP4 (H.264) drone video can be well received by most smart devices. But you may at times have needs to change it to AVI, FLV, WMV, VP8 format etc., or your MP4 (H.264) drone video cannot play on iPhone iPad TV for unknown reason. At this time, transcoding video with WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe is also a wise way to go.

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How to Reduce Drone Video Size by Trimming to Certain Length?

No matter you want to trim your long drone video to 15s, 1 min or more, WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe makes it happen easily. After importing video and output format selection, click "Edit" to process to "Trim" section, where you can compress video duration in two ways after ticking "Enable Trim":
- Set specific start time and end time;
- Manually drag the scroll bar under video preview window.

Right near trim feature, crop and expand sometimes is useful for you to cut unwanted area off. Subtitles can also be added here. After you get back to the main UI, youcan capture screenshots of this drone video by clicking camera icon under video preview box.

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Why Choose WinX HD Video Converter to Compress Drone Video?

High Video Quality Guaranteed
Some drone users put forward at forum that "HandBrake degraded the image quality while compressing H.265 P4P video to H.264 one", "After compressing raw drone video, compression blocks can be seen clearly on big monitor"...

WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe, with high quality engine and "Yadif Double Frames" deinterlacing built-in, helps optimize video picture quality dynamically during compression process. Considerably, the default settings on bit rate and frame rate (specified by professional software engineer) keep perfect balance between video size and quality. Therefore, it's meaningless to lower such parameters too much to realize larger video compression. Another crucial reason WinX could ensure video quality during compression is that its smart transcode engine can auto detect and reduce obvious noise to present more stunning flight video.

Much Faster than Other Compressors
It's not exaggerated to describe WinX as the fastest video compressor. Because it makes better use of hardware acceleration than other programs. How? Common software only utilizes hardware encoder from eligible CPU or GPU (if there is) to encode video faster after the software does video decoding task itself, while WinX HD Video Converter hands over the whole video transcoding task to hardware like Intel QSV and Nvidia CUDA/NVENC, greatly improving processing efficiency.

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