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Windows 7: Any other ways to send large .avi files ?

02 Jan 2015   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
Any other ways to send large .avi files ?

I need to send a series of long family videos in .avi format taken over the holiday break so far totalling about 20GB as soon as possible to some friends in Australia. As this could well become a regular thing putting them all onto DVD and posting them is the obvious answer, but wondering in the meantime if there's a quicker way as uploading to Cloud systems or compressing them as we probably all know takes hours.

Any other options possible even if it means buying something in non .avi format....?

Thanks in advance

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02 Jan 2015   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

You could zip the file and put a password on the .ZIP.

Upload to a torrent website and send the link to your family.

Torrents are perfectly legal when used the right way.
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02 Jan 2015   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Thanks for the quick reply !

No expert on zips but I did try Winzip and 2 or 3 other zip files but each time the uploading or zipping (?) would have taken hours as well, the same as Skype and Amazon with Cloud, which gave me the impression that there's no way around the length of time it will always take. So presumably torrent is no different....?

Any suggestions anyway on buying something which will record similar large non.avi files but in much quicker upload times ?

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02 Jan 2015   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Thanks yes I'd thought of that as well but again too time consuming with such future large files....

Easiest and quickest way is the DVD option in the end I think but thanks for the help as I needed to check first
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02 Jan 2015   #5

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers

Hi there

Sometimes people get so absorbed in modern technology they forget a VERY SIMPLE method -- after storing on a USB stick why not simply POST IT (Yes I believe "Snail mail") still exists. !!!

You could even put it on one of those tiny SDHC cards if you don't want to send a USB stick too. The user at the other end simply connects the stick to the computer (or with a micro SDHC card - put it in your phone and connect the phone to the computer. Most phones have provision for a SDHC card).

Note converting an AVI file (or MKV/MP4 files as well) to a playable DVD that works on a standard DVD player isn't an easy task - there's a free LINUX / Windows program called DEVEDE or a windows paid for program called CONVERTXTODVD. Takes a while to perform the conversion too depending on the size of the source.

Note - it's the OPPOSITE to the usual problem of ripping DVD / Blue RAY to mp4 / MKV / AVI. If you want the DVD to be playable on a DVD player you have to create a VIDEODVD and use one of the programs I've mentioned.

Sending regular DVD's IMO is probably the best method - certainly the easiest for the recipients. A normal DVD will store 4.7 GB but you can use dual layer to store more.

Don't waste your time using blank Blu Ray discs - burning those at full HD is a REAL PAIN and expensive and if the player at the other end is incompatible then forget it.

DEVEDE Linux : DeVeDe

DEVEDE Windows - no longer supported but still works fine on W8 / W10.

DeVeDe, DVD Authoring, Video to DVD/VCD/SVCD/CVD/Divx Software | majorsilence

ConvertXtoDVD (Paid for software) ConvertXtoDVD - AVI to DVD Video Converter to burn on DVD

On the rare times I've needed to make physical DVD's DEVEDE woks fine both on Linux and Windows.

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02 Jan 2015   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Hi Jimbo excellent yes thanks a lot !!

I'd forgotten all about memory sticks but remember thinking ages ago that they would be a great way to send info, but most embarrassingly hadn't thought of cards as all the videos and pics are still stored on a 32 GB card in my camera !!

Taking things further and best of all, once they've downloaded and finally formatted them they can then send their videos by return back to me which I can then insert into my camera to download as well and so on !

Tacka igen !
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03 Jan 2015   #7

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
Sending large files

I know this thread is marked as solved but here's another suggestion that you could try.

Bitspring (Beta) allows you to upload and share large files. Just upload them via your browser and choose how you'd like to share them.

Example - share via email message - there are other options:

I'm sharing the file 13-12_win7_win8_64_dd_ccc_whql-[].exe (204 MB) with you. Click this link to access it:


Shared using Bitspring

Home Page:
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03 Jan 2015   #8

Windows 7 Pro x64 sp1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HarriePateman View Post
You could zip the file and put a password on the .ZIP.

Upload to a torrent website and send the link to your family.

Torrents are perfectly legal when used the right way.
That's not how torrents work. The file stays on your computer, which would have to stay on until the file(s) had transferred. PirateBay etc do not store the stolen movies on their server - it's called peer2peer for a reason.

The OP could make a multipart rar, say 500MB each, and upload them to a cloud service. This would only be practical if the OP has a fast upload speed eg my upload is about 18Mbit, which is about 8 GB/hr. If the OP has adsl-type speed, it would take too long, with more chance of a dropped connection during transfers.

Another solution is to upload to an HD video hosting site such as Vimeo and set them to private (not YouTube - they ruin your content)
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03 Jan 2015   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

This is getting very interesting indeed thanks !

I'd also completely forgotten about putting them onto say YouTube or similar which obviously must be the quickest way of all.

Thanks for the useful tip too about YouTube ruining the content, also I've used Vimeo on occasion in the past for friends abroad who wanted to watch an old Forties' film I'd recorded. I remember the private option on Vimeo so is it also possible for them to download and save mine, then upload theirs for me to do the same all on a permanent basis ? Because if so, and as everyone's always nattering away on Skype almost hourly (!), it would be a real treat to see and hear all our reactions simultaneously !

Thanks again for all the really great help and advice !
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03 Jan 2015   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

This thread immediately remembered me the following xkcd comic

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HarriePateman View Post
You could zip the file and put a password on the .ZIP.

Upload to a torrent website and send the link to your family.

Torrents are perfectly legal when used the right way.
Torrents are always legal (it's just a protocol). What you put inside them may be not, of course.
What site does allows such thing? I don't know any site that allows uploading of personal torrents, but some might be useful. Zipping will be of no use with videos (they're already aggressively compressed). Only the torrent would be uploaded, as badcrc correctly points, your computer will then upload the data itself when the other party connects.

But anyway, the real problem is that the upstream bandwidth is probably too little for the 20GB the OP says, unless he has a really good connection. Real life mail seems a good option here.
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 Any other ways to send large .avi files ?

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