With the arrival of easy to use desktop web-cams, many unsuspecting
newcomers to desktop video are coming up against a problem when trying to
send video greetings as attachments in e-mails. The video files are just
too large. ISPs generally won`t deliver an e-mail that is more than around
5MB in size (this is bewildering enough), and poor old "Joe-Public" only
has time to record a video message of a few seconds in duration....what a
let-down! Suddenly video e-mail loses its zing. But there must be a way.
You search and search (joe public wasn`t told that he`d have to before
buying the camera), and you`re told that you either have to compress the
video file or convert it. Okay, if anybody can make it possible to send a
video attachment that goes beyond, "...Hi Mum, how are you doi..", please
help make this wonderful technology a joy for the general public to use.
I would like to know, in plain English how best to send video-files as e-
mail attachments. I am recording files in .avi format. The web-cam is
`Intel Create And Share` (their support are surprisingly disinterested in
the topic). My solution is probably best tackled in three parts. PLease
help me with a complete answer or point to one stage if you have the
1. The recording stage
2. Is compression the answer?
3. Is file conversion the answer?
I have already tried: WinZip, and WinRar and the compression is very
Thanks in anticipation,
You`d be surprised how popular these web-cams are becoming, and how many
people will be grateful for your advice,
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