Home movies and videos capture life’s precious moments. A child’s first words, the championship game, and family gatherings are now captured in stunningly high detail for today’s HDTVs. Unfortunately, the enhanced detail that new technology provides will often doom these memories to be trapped on memory cards or computer hard drives. This is simply because the video files we can create are much too big to share in an email.
Free email systems (like Gmail) and even email provided by Internet service providers (like AT&T or Verizon) limit the size of a file that you can attach to an email. These file size limits are typically only 25 Megabytes. To give you an idea of how small this limit is, 30 minutes of HD video will create a file that is over 17 gigabytes in size*. That’s over 17,408 megabytes!
Email alternatives do exist. Video sharing websites have grown in popularity. Websites like YouTube and even FaceBook allow you to upload and share videos, however they vary greatly in allowing enough privacy or control. For example, these sites can claim copyright ownership over any non-copyrighted videos (like home movies) that are uploaded to them. Even if a website chooses to protect your ownership or the ownership of the video’s creator, these terms and conditions could change in the future if the company is sold or laws are changed. Videos are also hosted until you manually delete them (if that option exists), which means they will often stay up for years. This type of unlimited hosting presents an opportunity for mistakes to happen, like accidentally making movies public or exposing it to others.
A lesser known type of internet service, called managed file transfer, is perhaps best suited to sharing home movies and videos. Managed file transfer companies provide a simple and easy way to get around the limits of typical email services, video sharing sites, and social media sites. They do this by acting as a courier, or middle man, to temporarily hold your file until it is transferred. It’s very much like FedEx or the Post Office. Instead of ‘sharing’ your video (creating multiple copies that are hosted) you are ‘sending’ your video. In order to send a video you upload it to their website and provide your recipients email address. Once your upload is complete, your recipient is sent an email with a download link inside. When the file is downloaded from this link (or a specified amount of time has passed) the file is automatically and permanently deleted from the server. No copies are created and your recipient now has a copy. Your video has been ‘sent’.
You will find that Managed file transfer companies, such as SendThisFile, will provide you with the most simple, private, and easy way to give you control over who gets your file. There is no confusion as to who owns your video or who has access to it after you share it and it is simple to use. Sharing movies and videos has never been as easy or as powerful.*30 minutes of H.264 1080p at 1920×1080 and 23.98 frame rate