How to Compress Video Files in Email

Written by mitchell white
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The large size of video files makes it difficult to send them via e-mail because of file-size caps on some e-mail services. Additionally, attaching a large file makes the transferring process take a long time on both ends. Minimise these problems by compressing the video before you attach it by using archive software that will make your video smaller.

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    Download archive software such as WinRar or Winzip (see "Resources," below). Click on "Download Now" to begin downloading the installation file to your computer.

  2. 2

    Double-click the installation file to install the program. Click "Next" through each part until the program installs.

  3. 3

    Right-click on a file you wish to compress in an e-mail. Choose the "Compress and e-mail" option.

  4. 4

    Click "OK" in the next screen that appears. Your e-mail program will now load, and you can input the email address where you want the file to go and send it out.

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    Right-click on a file and select "Add to archive" instead if you prefer to e-mail manually. Click "OK." Open your web browser and log in to your e-mail account. Click the "Attach file" button, and double-click on the archive you just made, which should be in the compressed RAR format. Add your recipient's e-mail address. Click the "Send" button to send the email.

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