My video is too long & won't send in email

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My video is too long & won't send in email
No matter how big videos are, you can find a way to get them where they are supposed to go. (laptop image by Ewe Degiampietro from

A video file that is long is often too big. Many e-mail servers, networks or website clients won't allow you to send messages that are too big for their system. If you wish to send someone a video, and the video is too big or too long to send via e-mail, there are a few ways that you can change the video in order to send it, or at least to get the video to the person who needs to see it.

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    Compress the video. Place it in a folder and right click on the folder. Choose "Send to" and then "zip file" to send the video in the folder to a zipped or compressed file. Then, try attaching the video to your e-mail again and see if its small enough.

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    Open the video in video-editing software, if you have any on your computer. Cut the video into pieces and save them as separate videos. Then attach each of them, one at a time, to e-mails to send them to the receiver.

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    Host the video at a video hosting site online. There are hundreds of sites, some listed in Resources, where you can upload a file for free. Then, you can send the person who was to receive the video a link to the place where the video is hosted and in many cases a password to access the file. This will allow them to see or download the video without you sending it via e-mail.

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