How to Compress Video Files in Email


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

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

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

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

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

  • Right-click on a file and select "Add to archive" instead if you prefer to email manually. Click "OK." Open your web browser and log in to your email 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 email address. Click the "Send" button to send the email.

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