General recommendations for file compression

Written by Bruce Hughes on . Posted in Computer Innovations

When it comes to transferring, uploading and downloading files, some of the most important criteria for the success of this operation are represented by the size and the format of the file. If you are dealing with a large document, then you must be prepared, because several issues may appear. The difficulties are due to the fact that most platforms have a clear limitation when it comes to size and formats, not to mention that your computer may also freeze or encounter errors, because of the dimension of the file. For this reason, you may have to use a file compressor, which is aimed to adjust the initial file, in order for it to be suitable to a flawless transfer. While some shrinking processes may lead to data loss, the best file compression will only affect its size, without causing any damage to the rest of the characteristics.

Choose the correct format

As you may already know, you can save the files with various formats. Each type of document, picture or video can be saved differently, depending, in most cases, on the program that created those files. It is easy to determine the format of an item by its extension, which clearly indicates its type: for instance if a file have been saved as “video.mp4”, it means that its format is MPEG-4 Part 14 – the most common one for video and audio files. You may wonder why the format is so important, and the answer is simple: depending on it, you will have to choose the correct compressor and also the program you use to access that certain file. In addition to this, there are some devices that cannot support any format, so the extension will help you see if you need to convert them or not.


Make sure the dimension is the suitable one

In case you need to send an e-mail for example, and you want to attach some pictures, you may encounter difficulties due to the limitations of the email provider. For this reason, you will have to adjust the dimension of your files. Remember that these are made of several components and some of these are mandatory, while others can be eliminated during compression. In order to make sure the compression is successful and your files do not get damaged, choose a performing compressor which will not remove any useful element.


The device you are about to use

The device you use to display your file, be it a document, a picture or a video, is extremely important. While some devices can support almost any type of file, others, such as chromebooks or smart phones, are not so performing, which is why you have to keep in mind what you are going to use the files for. Some devices have been created for special purposes, so in case you own one of these and you think it may cause troubles, you have to find out which are the formats it accepts, in order to convert the files. If you keep in mind these recommendations and use a reputable compressor, everything will end up just fine.