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  1. Kalvin Kerns's Avatar
    Hahaha yeah, sounds confusing... But here's a bit of their (lunatic) reasoning: if you auto-backup your photos/videos to Google+, those photos and videos are shared through Google+, so they need to be 'posted', either privately (to select users; think of it of posting to someone's wall on Facebook with privacy set to only that user and you) or publicly (which lets you then copy a link to that public post).

    But Google heard users (they do that some rare times) and began showing those uploaded photos and videos also in Google Drive. Now, since Drive is file-centric and not a social media app like Google+, it has more 'proper' sharing options for FILES, like direct links to the file and not a social media post.
    Here's a wrench in that reasoning ... Not all the videos on g+ Photos are showing in Drive.

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    05-04-2015 05:53 PM
  2. DaHui623's Avatar
    For what it's worth, I've found Facebook's Messenger does a pretty decent job with sending photos and video.

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    05-04-2015 07:30 PM
  3. Kalvin Kerns's Avatar
    For what it's worth, I've found Facebook's Messenger does a pretty decent job with sending photos and video.

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    Not everyone I know uses that and I'd prefer not to as well , but thank you.

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    05-04-2015 08:02 PM
  4. SpookDroid's Avatar
    Here's a wrench in that reasoning ... Not all the videos on g+ Photos are showing in Drive.

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    Are those newer or older videos? The Photos/Drive integration was said to take a while for older content, but in theory it should all be there. Any 'weird' things about the videos you're not seeing, like being too long or 2K videos maybe? Not that it should matter, I think...
    05-05-2015 10:07 AM
  5. Kalvin Kerns's Avatar
    Are those newer or older videos? The Photos/Drive integration was said to take a while for older content, but in theory it should all be there. Any 'weird' things about the videos you're not seeing, like being too long or 2K videos maybe? Not that it should matter, I think...
    Well the one I did over this weekend isn't on there and only one of my older ones is showing. It seems to be picking and choosing. Seems inconsistent.

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    05-05-2015 10:33 AM
  6. SpookDroid's Avatar
    Maybe it's still building the list? I don't have many videos to test, but all of mine are showing up... Maybe there's a pesky filter somewhere? For instance, in Photos, there's the Highlights (and Googlegod knows how they pick those) and there's the ALL 'filter'...
    05-05-2015 10:44 AM
  7. Kalvin Kerns's Avatar
    Maybe it's still building the list? I don't have many videos to test, but all of mine are showing up... Maybe there's a pesky filter somewhere? For instance, in Photos, there's the Highlights (and Googlegod knows how they pick those) and there's the ALL 'filter'...
    Good point, let me see what I can see.

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    05-05-2015 10:58 AM
  8. Bradskey's Avatar
    For what it's worth, I've found Facebook's Messenger does a pretty decent job with sending photos and video.

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    I've done the same with Whatsapp (now owned by Facebook). Its easy to directly send audio and video files over data and the app is fairly widely used.
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    05-05-2015 02:51 PM
  9. SpookDroid's Avatar
    But Whatsapp compresses videos. A lot, actually.
    05-05-2015 03:06 PM
  10. Kalvin Kerns's Avatar
    But Whatsapp compresses videos. A lot, actually.
    From what I can tell all text services except imessage compress video to the point that it's useless.

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    05-05-2015 04:15 PM
  11. SpookDroid's Avatar
    Mmm not all. I can't remember which one, but I think WeChat or Lyne let you send video files without compression (sending the actual file). And since Facebook Messenger lets you send files now, you can do that too, just not sure on the file size limits though.

    As for 'normal' texting (again, SMS/MMS) yes, all multimedia messages are compressed to fit MMS protocol size constraints. For all other IM protocols (iMessage, Whatsapp, Hangouts, etc, etc, etc) it depends on what the app lets you send and how it optimizes data for mobile (which is why Whatsapp compresses video, actually, because it's core market is in countries where data caps are mostly the norm and high mobile data speeds are not as spread).
    05-05-2015 04:41 PM
  12. DoyouFanBoyBro's Avatar
    One drive is pretty amazing for this. And you can share the link with ease using the app.
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    05-05-2015 05:00 PM
  13. Zendroid1's Avatar
    One drive is pretty amazing for this. And you can share the link with ease using the app.
    Does it have thumbnails for the photos/videos that you can easily browse / scroll through?
    05-05-2015 05:10 PM
  14. Bradskey's Avatar
    I don't think videos sent through Whatsapp are useless just because they are more compressed or the resolution is lowered. Its a trade-off between spending a lot more time and expensive mobile data to send the original file or sending an adequate version more quickly, especially if its just something to amuse your friends and family with, and which isn't that important in the big scheme of things, and considering they might only view it on a tiny phone screen anyway. Same goes for sharing quick photos and audio recordings over these apps. Recipient can quickly get a lower quality but reasonable sense of the media you want to share.

    If you really need to share the unmodified original then DropBox/OneDrive/whatever work just fine as previously discussed and are all easy to share from. The nice thing about WhatsApp, and maybe Facebook Messenger too, is that they work across all devices, unlike iMessage, and have a large install base and do not not have the same limitations of SMS/MMS. Just depends on what you want to accomplish, I use the right tool for the job.
    05-05-2015 05:53 PM
  15. Kalvin Kerns's Avatar
    I seem to have gotten Drive to work decently for now and OneDrive is pretty quick and easy to use as well.

    Thank you to everyone that responded with advice, much appreciated.

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    05-06-2015 05:58 PM
  16. Rukbat's Avatar
    Doesn't matter what protocol it is behind the scenes, ios users send hd videos via text (text = mms for all intents and purposes).
    Actually, text is SMS "for all intents and purposes" - on Android and Windows phones. (SMS and MMS are protocol specifications, not just synonyms for texting, and Apple doesn't use either protocol - iMessage is as different from MMS or SMS as a car is from a duck.) You can't just throw words around with no regard for what they mean if you actually intend to communicate. That's why we have language - a grunt can mean anything - "green" means the same thing to all English-speakers - definitely not the color of the normal sky. If you start using "red" to mean "blue", no one will know what you're talking about, and that's what you're doing - using "MMS" to mean "texting". MMS is this and only this.

    As far as the cloud account, how fast any given one will work depends on your path to the server and the path to the server that the person downloading it has. I'm on the east coast of the US and Mega (in New Zealand) is pretty fast for me - no slower than Drive or Dropbox.
    05-06-2015 06:31 PM
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