When sharing videos through messaging applications such as Discord or WhatsApp, we will always find that there is a fairly small limit on the weight of the video we want to send.
In WhatsApp the maximum is 64 MB, while in Discord it is just 8 MB if we have a free account, and only goes up to 100 MB if we have Discord Nitro. For these or similar cases, there is a free and easy to use tool that can help you compress any video to be able to send it.
TinyVid is a free app to compress your videos easily and quickly, ideal to be able to share them on WhatsApp or Discord, in fact, it comes with specific options for you to select the platform you will use to share it to use those limits when compressing your video.
It works on Windows, Linux and macOS and although its primary focus is gamers who want to quickly share their recordings to share on Discord, it obviously also works for anyone who wants to share a video on whatever platform but has a small limit on the size of the videos they can upload.
The app is extremely simple and easy to use, supporting everything from 4K resolution to 360p and everything in between (480p, 720p, 1080p). The processing of your video is done fairly quickly, but you can adjust to make it as fast as possible if you are willing to lose quality.
During processing the app will tell you, depending on the options you choose, if your video will look good, if it will have artifacts, or even if it will look terrible because you are using too much compression.
TinyVid supports up to 60 FPS, but you can switch between 30, 24, 20, and even 15 FPS to make it weigh even less. You can also choose a custom size in MB if you don’t want to use the Discord or WhatsApp sharing options.
In addition to compressing the video you can crop it and the app will indicate the duration. It is the only additional thing you can adjust in TinyVid with a couple of sliders in the preview. This is not a video editor as such, it is a simple tool for compressing and little else, but it serves its purpose more than well, is free, does not inject adware and has no usage limits or add annoying watermarks.
The results will obviously vary a lot depending on the original video, how much you compress it and the other options you choose, but in general it processes very fast and the videos it generates are more than acceptable, especially for sharing in apps where nobody ever expects to be able to share 30 minutes of video in 4K.