How to Compress & Send an MPEG File

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Despite the technological advances of high-speed Internet access, it's time-consuming to send a video file between computers because of the large size of the file. One of the most common file formats is MPEG, the standard for DVD movies. If you want to send an MPEG file, you can't simply attach the file to an email, because of attachment size limitations. The easiest way to send the file to another user is to compress it, then upload it to a third-party server.

  • Download and install file-compression software. The most common compression programs are WinRAR and WinZip. These are both free utility programs that can be easily downloaded and installed on your computer. They come in 32-bit and 64-bit versions.

  • Compress the MPEG file. Right-click on the MPEG file you would like to compress and select "Add to archive..." from the menu. Insert a name for the new file and click "OK." The process will take a while. For a one-gigabyte file, expect five to 10 minutes of compression time.

    If your original MPEG file is larger than one gigabyte, consider breaking up the file into smaller pieces using WinRAR or WinZip. In the main menu, select "Split to volumes" and choose the size of each volume based on how small you want each piece to be. You will then need to send each individual piece, and the recipient will need to use the same compression program to put the pieces back together.

  • Send the compressed file. You have two options for doing this: Use an online sending service using its server or upload the file to your own Web-hosting server. Online sending services include YouSendIt.com, DropSend.com and TransferBigFiles.com. Most of these companies will permit you to send small files for free but require you to pay for a subscription for larger files.

    The second option for sending the file is uploading it to your own website server using an FTP program. Common FTP programs include FileZilla and SmartFTP. Once you install an FTP program, simply select the file you would like to upload from within the program. Right-click on the file and select "Upload." Depending on the speed of your Internet connection, it could take several hours to upload large files. Once uploading is complete, you can send a link of the file to the recipient.

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