Video production and distribution can be confusing. We could all probably use a refresh on how to properly store and send video files. In this post, we’re sharing our best tips for how to send large video files without cutting them up or reducing the quality.
Video file size is calculated by multiplying the video’s bitrate, duration, and compression ratio. While bitrate is the most influential factor here, all you really have to remember is this– the higher the resolution and the longer the video, the larger the file will be.
What exactly is a “large video file”?
The definition of “large video file” depends on which service you are using to send your file. For example, any file above 25MB on google is considered as a large file which when attached to any email, Google converts to a link by sending that file to your account’s google drive and creating an instant link for download. While at most levels a 2GB file is considered as an on average “large video file”.
How to share large video files: 4 proven methods
Zoi Video – The best way to store, save and share your video file is obviously Zoi Video, when you sign up with us either for Zoi Tv or Zoi Video, you get your own unlimited, secured, and scalable, easy to use the platform to share and save all your video files. Which you can conveniently share ahead. The best part of Zoi Video is you retain 100% of your files, CDN Storage replicated with over 80 regions worldwide. Any video file you upload is transcoded/ encoded in multiple resolutions from 280p to 4K depending on your original video file, as well as retaining your original video file which is used for sharing purposes.
WeSend It – One of the best services we recommend, simply upload your file and you can either email or get a shareable link instantly, they allow 50GB of space for free to upload without signing up, all files are retained for 7 days for free. We send use AWS infra to save all your files, so a good file sharing service to start with.
Dropbox – A file storing and sharing system, a wide and good platform to host and share your files instantly. They do have a free plan with limitations along with paid ones with their premium features. With DropBox, you can send a link that “explodes” (expires) after a certain period of time. That way, you can share files without handing eternal access to your recipient.
WeTransfer – WeTransfer is a handy file transfer service. You can send video files under 2GB for free, or snag the paid version to upload files of up to 200 GB. WeTransfer also helps you track and manage your transfers and create customized mood boards to share files in style.
Is Reducing video file size a better way to reduce file size?
If you’re wondering how to share large video files on a computer, one option is to simply reduce the file size. Tools like HandBrake and VideoProc reduce the file size by cutting the resolution a bit or swapping to a more efficient video codec like HEVC. You can also use a video editor to shorten the video and render it at a lower resolution or bitrate.
Both of the above methods will likely impact the video’s quality at varying degrees. If that doesn’t jive with your goals, use one of the methods down below to share your large video file without lowering the resolution or altering the file at all.
Video hosting sites (like Zoi Video!)
Uploading video to a video hosting site like Zoi Video is one of the easiest ways to share large video files without compromising the quality. You can set the video to private (password protected) or unlisted, then share the link directly with your viewers.
YouTube compresses the videos after they’re uploaded, which tends to affect the quality. Another downside here is that you can’t download YouTube videos unless you have YouTube Premium. With Vimeo, you can download videos straight to your device or view them in the mobile app.
Upload times can be longer for hosting sites that don’t compress videos. With Zoi Video, no matter how big your file is, we break it down into fragments and upload it to our powerful EdgeStorage servers where the file is stored, and instantly within a few minutes, several resolutions of the same file are created.
With Zoi Video, you don’t have to specify anything, just upload your file and forget and we do the rest. Zoi Video automatically sets the best bitrate, a quality that is applicable for your video to get you the right quality.
Upload to the cloud
Uploading to the cloud is a tried and true method for storing and sharing large video files. Simply upload your video to your cloud storage service of choice, then use the link to share your file with whomever you please.
Depending on the functionality of your cloud service, viewers will either download the file to watch or stream it right in the cloud. Uploading will usually take longer than downloading.
This method is ideal for sharing large video files while keeping them organized. The only downside is that you’ll have to deal with permissions by either making your link public or giving viewers access one at a time.
How to send long video files on iPhone
Here are the three simplest ways to send long videos on iPhones.
Apple’s airdrop feature makes sending long videos on iPhone easy. It works through bluetooth, so you’ll need to stay in close range of the recipient. They’ll also need to connect to iCloud, turn their bluetooth on, and enable airdrop in their settings.
To send a long video file via airdrop, select the share icon on the bottom-left corner of your screen. Find your recipient in the airdrop section and tap their name. All they have to do is tap one button to accept, and your file will be in their photos.
Large video files can also be sent through iCloud via maildrop. To use this feature, head to the video you’d like to send and press the share icon. Next, press the mail icon. When you go to send your email, you’ll get a notification that your attachment is too large, offering Mail Drop as the solution. Tap “Use Mail Drop” to send your video to your recipient through the cloud. They can then download the file from their email.
Google Drive is a good option for sending large video files on iPhones. Simply open the Google Drive app, tap the + icon, tap “Upload” then click “Photos and Videos” and select the file you’d like to share.
Once your video is safely uploaded to drive, click the three dots and select “Share”. You can type in your recipient’s email or forward them the share link.
How to send long videos on Android
Here are three methods for sharing long video clips on Android devices.
If you use an Android, you can share a link to your large video files through Google Photos. If your photos and videos don’t already sync with the cloud, you’ll need to turn that feature on.
Next, head to the video you want to share and tap and hold until you see the share icon at the top of the screen. A window will appear with the option to create a link. Select this, wait for the link, then tap the app you want to send your link in. This will take you to the app and automatically paste your link in a message draft.
Cloud storage services
Alternatively, you can follow the Google Drive steps above (they apply to iPhone and Android users). You can also use another cloud storage service like DropBox or OneDrive to send large videos files– it all comes down to what you’re most comfortable using.
How to send a large video through email
Sending large videos through email without compromising the quality can be tricky. You can always share a link after uploading the video to the cloud or a hosting site like Vimeo.
Alternatively, you can zip the file. This compresses the file into a smaller size. This method shouldn’t reduce the quality much, but it’s still not recommended for video files above 2K resolution.
You’re all set! If you want to retain 100% ownership of your video, save time, control access, then we welcome you to use Zoi Video. Here is the sign up link