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How to Convert 1080p to 720p without Installing a Video Converter to Cut Down Storage Space and Upload Time

Convert 1080p to 720p without software

How do you convert video with a resolution of 1920×1080 to 1280×720?

In other words, how do you convert 1080p to 720p? You can do it with video editing or video converter software.

No Software Installation Required

You don’t need a video editor or converter installed on your computer to convert 1080p to 720p.

You can convert 1080p to 720p online for free.

Provided your 1080p file size isn’t a large one.

Why Convert 1080p to 720p?

Before we go into that, let’s look at why you would want to convert 1080p video to 720p.

720p Benefits

The file size of a 720p video is much smaller and you save storage space.

720p offers smoother playback on older devices.

720p doesn’t tax your computing resources. It offers lower CPU usage and doesn’t stretch your GPU (Graphics Processing Unit).

If you’re editing video on an older computer with moderate computing power, you could do well to edit in 720p. 1080p may cause your system to hang.

If you’re uploading video to YouTube and you have an Internet connection with a slow upload speed, you can try converting your video to 720p.

What about the loss of quality then? Frankly, you won’t see much of a difference, especially when you’re video is played back on mobile devices.

Also, those who are on slower Internet connections will get to enjoy smooth playback of your video without buffering.

If you’re just uploading a talking-head video or a tutorial video, it really doesn’t make much of a difference whether you’re uploading in 1080p or 720p.

The videos in my cooking channel are uploaded in 720p. I usually get 720p videos uploaded in 3 to 5 minutes.

Here then are the steps to convert 1080p to 720p.

Use Video Online Convert Service


Select Convert to MP4

From the left Converter, panel choose Convert to MP4

You’ll be brought to the File Upload section of the online video converter.

As you can see below, you’re allowed to upload your file by dragging and dropping the files or simply navigating to your file or via Google Drive or Dropbox.

I’ve selected a 1080p file here and as we can see the resolution is 1920 x 1080 when I checked the properties.

So the next step is I’ll upload this file.

You’ll see the file uploading in progress.

Once the file is uploaded choose the output settings by clicking on Preset. We’ll choose 1280 x 720 as the resolution and match the frame rate of the original file -30p.

We’ll leave the other settings at default and hit the Start conversion button either above or below.

File is converted and processed.

You may then proceed to download the file.

Navigate to the download folder. We now want to check whether the 1080p file has been converted to 720p.

We will now playback the file in VLC Media Player and see if the 1080p file has been converted to 720p.

A free online converter service would work fine if you convert 1080p to 720, with smaller file size.

Online Video Convert allows only an file size of 100MB each time under a free registered account. If you want to upload a bigger file size then you would have to sign up for a premium account.

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