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Old Mar 19, 2011, 11:58 AM   #1
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Hello everyone, I have been a "lurker" for a while, finally decided to register. I guess my question is best formulated as follows:

Almost every camera has some sort of HD video (720 or 1080) these days. I am not a big video fan but it is nice to have that feature, no doubt. However, the resulting files are HUGE. On one of my cameras (Panasonic FH20) a 2 minute 720p clip was almost 300 MB.

This is not an issue when you simply transfer the files to your computer; but how do you go about SHARING HD video without losing quality? I have looked at some video hosting sites, and they all have rather severe file size limits.

So apart from burning a DVD and mailing it - how would you go about sharing a 10-minute HD video clip, for example? Even in 720p that would be over a gig of data.

Thanks in advance.
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Old Mar 19, 2011, 4:59 PM   #2
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There are a number of free and pay video converter programs which can reduce the file size to more reasonable levels. The price you pay in conversion is quality loss and video size. Unless you have unlimited bandwidth, you can pretty much forget about sending HD video.

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Old Mar 19, 2011, 7:37 PM   #3
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Indeed, i have looked at these options... if I have to reduce size and lose quality, might as well shoot in VGA.

It is ironic that we get all these options, but in a way have to take step back.
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Use windows live movie maker for uploading and youtube for sharing
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Old Mar 19, 2011, 11:32 PM   #5
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Once again, size limitations. 10 minutes of just 720p video will be over a gigabyte.
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If your intended recipient has the bandwidth, you could send as an email attachment. Without very high speed connection, it could take a while though.

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Old Mar 19, 2011, 11:43 PM   #7
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Actually...I just checked Youtube, their advanced uploader will take files up to 20GB in size. 15 minutes time limit, though.

Well, it is better than nothing, anyway.
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youtube/vimeo etc is really your best bet. most email programs have an attachment limit that is well below what any decently long video clip will be.

youtube/vimeo have privacy settings so you can assign privacy to family/friends etc and share that way if you dont want the whole world to see certain vids

another option would be dropbox and share with the intended recipient
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