Sending a video in a text message
I just tried to send a video I took with the S3 via mms message. Wouldn't let me. Said file size was too big. It was a 5 second video. I have a hard time believing we can't send a video via text msg. A friend sent me a video form his new iphone and it was over a minute long.
Am I doing something wrong here? I'm using go sms, buy also tried using stock messenger.
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Re: Sending a video in a text message
SMS/MMS was designed for very small amounts of data, less than 10mb. Most smartphones can record in HD at about 10mb per second. It could be smaller if the resolution were lower, but people get upset when the default isn't the best resolution, so it just goes max quality/file size. At 10mb per second you can send at most 1 second of video. You could send a longer video if it were lower quality. For example if you compressed it to 1mbps you could send up to 10 seconds of video.
The best way to share video is to just upload it to a video site like YouTube. If that's too much work a second best option is to share it via a file sharing site like Dropbox or Google Docs. Email is OK, with a limit of 20mb, but for many videos you'd still need to compress it down to lower quality yourself beforehand, something YouTube does for you.
To compress it you'd need an app that does just that on your phone. Some will let explicitly set how large you wanted the file to be and it will just reduce quality as low as needed to hit that so you can email/text it. Of course if it's a long video, the quality will be awful. Send an hour like this and it'll be worthless.
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