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in Film and Video Glossary, Video Elements on 2023-02-07

“Compression” is the process of reducing the size of a video file while maintaining its quality. Compression helps make video files more manageable for storage, transfer, and playback.

Compression algorithms analyze the video data to identify and eliminate redundancies. The compressed video file is then decompressed for playback, resulting in the same quality as the original video file.

In video production, there are two types of compression: lossy and lossless. Lossy compression discards some video data to reduce file size, resulting in lower video quality. Lossless compression reduces file size without sacrificing video quality.

Compression also affects the resolution, frame rate, and bitrate of a video. A higher compression ratio results in a smaller file size but lower video quality. A lower compression ratio results in a larger file size but higher video quality.

It’s essential to choose the right compression method and settings for your project. A well-compressed video ensures a balance between file size and video quality.

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