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    • square bear
    • By square bear 12th Oct 19, 9:29 AM
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    Sending large video file
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    • 12th Oct 19, 9:29 AM
    Sending large video file 12th Oct 19 at 9:29 AM
    Hello
    I need help and advice on the best and safest way to send a video (3 minutes long) to an email address.
    I've tried my hotmail but that's no good.

    What do I need to do?

    Many thanks.
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    • neilmcl
    • By neilmcl 12th Oct 19, 9:53 AM
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    • 12th Oct 19, 9:53 AM
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    • 12th Oct 19, 9:53 AM
    What size is the file?

    You might be easier sticking on a cloud based storage system such as Dropbox, Google Drive, MS Onedrive etc and then sharing access to that one file location to your recipient.
    • bob_a_builder
    • By bob_a_builder 12th Oct 19, 10:03 AM
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    • 12th Oct 19, 10:03 AM
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    • 12th Oct 19, 10:03 AM
    Similar to above ..

    put it on Google Photos and share the link to it by email

    Upload to your Facebook photos and set it to be shared ONLY with the specific person

    Upload to YouTube : Set it to Private, and share the link to it by email
    • EveryWhere
    • By EveryWhere 12th Oct 19, 10:21 AM
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    • 12th Oct 19, 10:21 AM
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    • 12th Oct 19, 10:21 AM
    If you want to keep the full quality, use a file hoster, such as https://www.mediafire.com
    Allows up to 4GB per file.
    • unrecordings
    • By unrecordings 12th Oct 19, 11:30 AM
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    • 12th Oct 19, 11:30 AM
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    • 12th Oct 19, 11:30 AM
    or send via wetransfer.com
    Why am I in this handcart and where are we going ?
    • Sharon87
    • By Sharon87 12th Oct 19, 4:00 PM
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    • 12th Oct 19, 4:00 PM
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    • 12th Oct 19, 4:00 PM
    or send via wetransfer.com
    Originally posted by unrecordings
    Seconded. You can send up to 2GB and the link lasts for a week
    • that
    • By that 12th Oct 19, 4:50 PM
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    • 12th Oct 19, 4:50 PM
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    • 12th Oct 19, 4:50 PM
    whatever you put on the internet, use something like 7zip to encrypt it first. Using modern codecs, the stream probably wont compress, so just use the simplest compression for speed.

    If you do not need the security or privacy, you may as well use youtube?
    • Neil Jones
    • By Neil Jones 12th Oct 19, 5:14 PM
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    • 12th Oct 19, 5:14 PM
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    • 12th Oct 19, 5:14 PM
    whatever you put on the internet, use something like 7zip to encrypt it first. Using modern codecs, the stream probably wont compress, so just use the simplest compression for speed.
    Originally posted by that
    It's probably safe to assume the video is already compressed, because otherwise we would be talking about literally gigabytes of space for a raw uncompressed video file (especially in this era of HD).

    That's all the codec does, compress the file so it doesn't take up a load of space. A zip program may be able to reduce it slightly more (2% most probably if that) but runs the risk of the ZIP being bigger then the video file itself - the overheads of the zip file being larger than the gains of compression. If that's the case it doesn't solve the OP's problem.

    Easiest solution is an online drive - Onedrive, Google Drive to name but two - or upload to YouTube, set private and send the link to the other email. They can use any manner of online tools to download the video themselves if that's what they want.
    • stragglebod
    • By stragglebod 12th Oct 19, 7:47 PM
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    • 12th Oct 19, 7:47 PM
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    • 12th Oct 19, 7:47 PM
    It's probably safe to assume the video is already compressed, because otherwise we would be talking about literally gigabytes of space for a raw uncompressed video file (especially in this era of HD).

    That's all the codec does, compress the file so it doesn't take up a load of space. A zip program may be able to reduce it slightly more (2% most probably if that) but runs the risk of the ZIP being bigger then the video file itself - the overheads of the zip file being larger than the gains of compression. If that's the case it doesn't solve the OP's problem.

    Easiest solution is an online drive - Onedrive, Google Drive to name but two - or upload to YouTube, set private and send the link to the other email. They can use any manner of online tools to download the video themselves if that's what they want.
    Originally posted by Neil Jones
    @that was talking bout using zip not to compress but to password protect. As you both point out any compression will be marginal at best. Any decent archiving app will support zero compression archives.
    • square bear
    • By square bear 12th Oct 19, 8:49 PM
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    Thanks for all the advice everyone. I'll try Dropbox first and see how I get on.
    • mgfvvc
    • By mgfvvc 13th Oct 19, 2:16 PM
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    or send via wetransfer.com
    Originally posted by unrecordings
    Now that's a name that's filling my SPAM folder.
    I'm not sure that a download link of https : / / zjxhqd.com/edited/path/?email=ab@example.com is entirely genuine
    • square bear
    • By square bear 14th Oct 19, 1:45 PM
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    Would Whatsapp be an option?
    • Sharon87
    • By Sharon87 14th Oct 19, 10:54 PM
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    Would Whatsapp be an option?
    Originally posted by square bear
    Yes - if both people have Whatsapp to receive the video on the right devices. You can get whatsapp on your computer and your phone, so that's certainly an option for smaller videos like yours.

    wetransfer is a reputable place - the other poster probably just has some scammer pretending to be wetransfer. We use it at work to send videos to transcribers all the time.
    • Chino
    • By Chino 15th Oct 19, 7:06 AM
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    Would Whatsapp be an option?
    Originally posted by square bear
    What went wrong when you tried Dropbox?
    I'll try Dropbox first and see how I get on.
    Originally posted by square bear
    • bengalknights
    • By bengalknights 15th Oct 19, 7:42 AM
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    You could use google photos and the privacy function to share it
    • fenlander_uk
    • By fenlander_uk 15th Oct 19, 9:05 AM
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    I always use mailbigfile.com. Never had a problem.
    • square bear
    • By square bear 16th Oct 19, 4:36 PM
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    Thank you for your suggestions and help everyone.
    I've managed to upload on Dropbox.
    Easier than I thought.
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