*We've discontinued Utilities and video compression. For your video editing needs, check out our online video editor 👀

Clipchamp Utilities uses your computer's CPU and memory to process videos – it does not process videos online. This means the speed of your CPU and available memory can have a big impact on conversion speed. The format, size and resolution of your input video can also play a key role, as well as the output settings you select and the browser you use. 

If it is taking too long to convert a video, here are some steps that may help you compress or convert faster:

  • If you're not already, consider using Clipchamp Utilities in Google Chrome. This browser is free to download and use, and tests we've run have shown it currently provides the best performance and fastest conversion speeds.

  • Make sure your CPU is not busy performing other tasks while processing a video, for instance close other applications that are running in the background or close other tabs in the browser. Also be sure to avoid switching to other browser tabs during a conversion, as this will slow it down. 

  • Do not convert two videos at the same time in two browser tabs, as this will result in an overall slower conversion (if you want to convert lots of videos, our batch conversion option allows you to queue multiple files and will work faster).

  • Change the output video resolution and/or quality to a different setting, for instance 720p instead of 1080p (of course only if you're okay with lowering the resolution) which will lead to a faster conversion. Changing the output quality to "low" will also speed things up. Please note though that there is always a trade-off between conversion times and output video quality.

We aim to continuously improve our service by rolling out new versions that bring performance improvements, however we are also dependent on latest developments in browser technologies and on the power of your computer.


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