Compressing MJPEG videos without significantly compromising quality

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Compressing MJPEG videos without significantly compromising quality
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I normally shoot RAW images and it works quite well. I normally only keep culled images on my drive, so over the last few years I have only filled up about 2 TB of storage which is perfectly fine.

Recently I tried doing some video work in 4K. I have a 5D Mark IV which records 4K at 500 Mbps, which translates to around 4 GB per minute. A small video I was making (with different camera angles) easily required 100 GB of storage, which is absolutely insane.

Although I love shooting RAW, I just can't store these massive files because of both storage space limitations and wanting to avoid the hassle of transferring/backing up these massive files. I would really like to use compressed MJPEG footage instead of these massive original files, which I have a feeling doesn't make much of a difference in output quality anyway.

Of course this would result in some quality loss, and I'm sure I'm okay with that—I don't think there would be a huge difference between a 500 Mbps file and a 50-100 Mbps file (like what the EOS R5 outputs). How can I convert these massive MJPEG files to something more reasonable? What can I convert it to, to ensure that I still retain a fair amount of editing capability with this footage?

Canon EOS R5
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