Introduction

In this post, I have described the process of making of the Video used in the post titled “Which is the Best Image Resizing Service” ?

For this post, I compared 15 different image compression and resizing services. These include Shortpixel, Tinypng,BulkImage Resizer, Optimole, and Imgbot. Yesterday, I made my first unscripted video : it took me about four hours for a 5 minute video and this 1,000 word blog post. But now I know it’s doable, and scalable.

My video compares 5 different services that you can use to compress images for your website or app. I had tested them our as a part of my blog post, where I compared nearly 20 different services. This video includes Shortpixel, Tinypng,BulkImage Resizer, Imgbot and imagecompressor. As with our blog post, I will use image compression and image resizing interchangeably.

Watch the Video Below

Recording voice over for Video

This is an unscripted video, that is, narration was done without any notes to read from. Voiceover was done on the fly, using Rode Reporterr app on my iPhone, and transcribed using convertspeech. This is a new speech to text service I am trying out. Below is output from speech to text conversion, with some edits made for grammar, typos and other minor errors.

Screenshot from Reportrr App showing raw narration

Screenshot of Blog post episode recording by Amar Vyas

Listen to the audio narration

Transcript from the Voiceover

Hello and welcome to this particular post. This short video that I have made is a part of blog post that I have written, which compares different compression services as a part of my post. I began looking for competitors to Shortpixel, or services similar to Tinypng. In the process, I practically went down a rabbit hole.

I set out comparing 3 or 4 services, and ended up testing over 20 such services!

Some services offer do bulk optimization. Others compress one image at a time. Finally, some of them are plugins for WordPress. Others are operating system independent or Web browser based. So I thought of running this little experiment of comparing five different compression services.

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Best Image Resizing or Optimization Service?

Some of these services can do at the most 20 MB at a time, while maximum file size is 5 megabytes for others. Image compressor dot com is the one that I came to know as a part of my research. Imgbot.ai and Bulk Image Resizer are the real finds through Product Hunt, so let's get going.

Running the Test

I used 20 images that are random in size — they are screenshots from some of my previous blog posts. Total size for the images (uncompressed) is 34 megabytes.

In the video I am uploading the images through the Web browser. That is a common feature in the five services. The chosen five are:

  • Shortpixel
  • Tinypng
  • Imagecompressor
  • Bulk Image Resizer
  • Imagebot.ai

To do the bulk resizing for a short pixel, one has to create an account which I've already done and I have logged in. So we will start first with short pixel and then Tiny PNG. Let us pay close attention to TinyPNG. When I was doing the trial run , there was a problem with Tinypng: the browser was hanging. For Bulk Image Resizer, I chose the default function where the final image size is 50% of the original. And then finally we go to imgbot. It is extremely, extremely powerful. With imgbot.ai, we can compress up 100 photos, each of 25 megabytes at a time!

If you really want to do some bulk resizing, then, BulkmageResizer is going to be my number one preference. You may notice that once images are uploaded, multiple services start doing their magic with the compression or optimization. Imagecompressor is a little bit slow. Short pixel is almost done, so is Tinypng.

comparison of image compression services

Results from Compression Test

Typically, lossy compression will be between 1/5 and 1/7 of the original. But or Bulk Image Resizer, from 34 megabytes, we're down to a little over 1 megabyte. Out of the remaining four services, Tiny PNG gives 5.5 MB as compressed output. For Shortpixel, we get about a similar size at 5.7 megabytes, quite the same as TinyPNG. When we look at Imagebot, it's done as well and from 34 megabytes, we're close to 5.3 megabytes.

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Overall, I think image compressor is still slow.

And that is not necessarily a bad thing. Out of the five, four services finished resizing images in under a minute. I was still waiting for imagecompressor. I believe that this service compresses in glossy format. That could be the reason why the compressed images are on a higher side. Final result: I got all of 7.1 megabytes.

Still waiting reminds me of an old Intel Pentium processor advertisement from the late nineties.

I just run one more test on bulk resize. I wanted to show you one more option, where you can fix maximum possible size, limited to about 145 kilobytes. For reference, we will include the final compressed image in the final show notes.

Alternate link to watch the Video

To Summarize

I had a lot of fun making the video comparing Image resizing services. It was spontaneous, and making a 5-minute plus video took over two hours. But now I know what works, if I were to repeat a similar comparison going forward.

Let us also summarize compression and times for five services:

 

Image Compression Service Compressed Size and % of original
Shortpixel 5.7 MB or compressed image is 17 % of original
Tinypng 5.5 MB or compressed image is 15% of original
Imagebot 5.3 MB or compressed image is 14%
Bulk Image Resizer 1.3 MB or compressed image is 4%
Imagecompressor 7.1 MB or compressed image is 21%

This was our little test with comparing services like Shortpixel, Tinypng, Imgbot, and others that can compress or optimize images. Thank you so much for watching video and reading this post.

If you have any questions or comments, connect with me via email or message me on Twitter.

Notes:
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using copywritely for optimizing blog posts
I used copywritely to fine tune and optimize this post.
2. Image used in social media posts
using images for so cial media promotion- Blog of Amar Vyas