Crunch your files with HandBrake


s resolutions grow larger and the quality of the games we play increases, so do the size of our recordings. This especially starts to become frustrating when our gameplay videos hit 10, 20, or even 30 minutes long – leaving you with file sizes well over 1GB, sometimes much, much larger than that. For those who are privileged with quick internet speeds and no data caps, this may not be a big deal, but if you’re looking to cut down on those files, read on!


Chances are, you already take advantage of the H.264 codec within your recording software of choice. Whether you’re using OBS, GameShow, XSplit, or one of the many other capture applications on the market, when exporting your videos, you should almost always choose the H.264 codec, which will result in the lowest file size while keeping the quality of the video nice and crispy.

Good to know: Some applications are starting to implement the H.265 format, but many websites still don’t support these videos yet.

Compress even further with HandBrake

Even after exporting a video with H.264 selected, you may still be left with a file much larger than you’d prefer. This is where HandBrake comes into play. Its primary use is to convert videos from one format to another, but many use it simply to crunch files down in size.


If you’re simply looking to decrease the file size of your videos follow the simple steps below.

  1. Load your video into HandBrake.
  2. Make sure that the format is set to MP4.
  3. Set the Video Codec to H.264
  4. Constant Quality slider should be somewhere around 18.
    • If you really need to crunch the file size, lower this slider (drag to the left), but keep in mind that the quality may heavily decrease.

In our tests, we were able to crunch a 1.4GB file to well under 20MB with very little quality loss.