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How To Get WebCam Video In To E-mail

Thursday, July 26th, 2012 by | Filed Under: E-Mail Help, Multimedia

Susan from FL writes:

I have taken some videos with my laptop’s webcam and have wanted to send them to my family to see, however, when I try to attach them to the emails it tells me the file is too large to send, is there anything or anyway to get them attached to the emails?

Thank you!

Sending video as an e-mail attachment can be a problem, as most e-mail providers limit the size of attachments. Depending on your provider, the limit may be as small as 2 megabytes, so what do you do? The best solution I have found is to upload the video to YouTube and use a little known feature of YouTube known as “privacy settings”.

When you upload a video (you can even record directly from your webcam on YouTube) you will be presented with a screen to name your file and add a description and to the right is a drop down menu for privacy settings.

Privacy settings allow you to select if the video is public, unlisted or private. Once you make a selection and click save YouTube will set the video to the setting you’ve selected.

  • Public can be seen by anyone and is searchable/viewable on your profile.
  • Unlisted can only be seen by people who have a direct link to the video and will not appear in searches.
  • Private is only viewable by people with a specific e-mail address or YouTube ID.

Once you upload, go to the video and you will see a web address next to Video URL. Type that address in to an e-mail and tell someone about what the video is, (along with your message) and click send. You won’t need to worry about attachment size limits or long downloads for your friends, and they can view the video whenever they like by clicking on the link.

Try it out with the sample video I posted. Here is the direct URL (without it you wouldn’t be able to view it!)


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3 Responses to “How To Get WebCam Video In To E-mail”

  1. Bob Lankford says:

    This is an excellent idea! I never thought about this before.

  2. Stephen Monday says:

    This is great advice, as it will work regardless of file size. However, it should also be pointed out that this same procedure can be accessed by clicking the “share” link under the videos listing at youtube.

    Upon clicking the “share” button, the video URL is automatically highlighted so you may right-click and drop down to “copy,” then, when you reach the place you want to share it, simply place (left click) cursor, right click again, drop down to “paste,” and voila. You are done.

  3. Lorine says:

    thanks for the info never new this.

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