The article mentioned that his video went from several megabytes down to 319kb. This interested me, because if you want to use a video background on a website, you really want it to load fast.
Clip Champ requires you to log in with either a Facebook or Google account.
They have a free account that will let you convert up to 5 videos. They also have a professional version for $9 per month that allows for unlimited video conversions.
In addition to letting your convert videos they also have a WordPress plugin that allows you to collect videos from your users, and makes sure they arrive to you in a consistent and compressed format.
HandBrake – A Free Alternative
After writing this, I figured there had to be alternative ways of compressing videos.
One thing I found was called Handbrake which is free and open source. I also found this short tutorial. After using it for a while I’ve become deeply impressed with Handbrake. It’s hands-down the best video compression software I’ve ever used. Easily reducing file sizes to 1/10th the original size. If you crank up the compression further, you can get extremely small video files. This makes it piratical to use HTML5 video on a website.
One Last Unrelated Thought
The author of the article about Cinemagraphs has a pretty good website.
Some things I liked
- Cinemagraphs for as hero images (which is fun).
- They share marketing success stories about their clients.
- They use nice colorful icons to punctuate their point.
- They have testimonials with photos of clients
- They have a form with a title “If your goal is growth, we should talk.”
- They have a slide-in navigation that is better than most I’ve seen.