5 Replies Latest reply: Jul 20, 2011 1:53 PM by Ernie Stamper
Tara Hollander Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

Usually when you attach a photo to an email in Mail program, in the bottom right of the email window, you can choose, actual size, small, medium, large.  I am looking for that feature for a video.  I recorded a 1'26" video in photo booth, clicked on the email icon and the video opens in a new mail message to send attached to that email.  There seems to be no option for changing the size of the video attachment, but there must be some easy way to do this.  Can anyone let me know, please?  Currently the file is 4.2MB and I would like it to be no more than 2MB.  Thanks!


MacBook Pro 15, Mac OS X (10.6.7), iPod Touch 2nd gen. 64GB (late 2009)
  • Ernie Stamper Level 8 Level 8 (37,555 points)

    That function only works with and applies to photo files -- not video, PDF, Word Doc, etc.

     

    Some versions of QuickTime may be able to alter the size.  Also iMovies may be able to.

     

    Ernie

  • Tara Hollander Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Thank you for the info that the function in Mail to change size of photos does not apply to movies - too bad.  I tried importing the file to iMovie, then exported the file (Share menu) to iTunes as 'medium' size and as 'mobile' size.  When you get to the newly made file in iTunes, the 'medium' file is 16MB and the mobile size is 10.4MB.  The original file size was 4.2!  I suppose the original file - .mov - is somehow made larger when it changes to a .m4v file, which is what it is in iTunes.  So, unfortunately, I have not found a good way.  I don't have a pro version of QuickTime, so I'm not certain whether the free QuickTime with OS X has options for changing file size.  Tara

  • Ernie Stamper Level 8 Level 8 (37,555 points)

    Try using Quick Player (not QT 7 which has Pro Key), and Save As iPhone (cellular).  I just tested and found it reduced a 1.57 GB .mov to .3GPP movie of only 4.8 MB.  Not sure of the universal compatibility of this format.  There is also another iPhone format that you could try, which I did not test.

     

    I don't this requires a Pro Key, but I have all sorts of pro video apps which might do an upgrade I didn't think about.

     

    Ernie

  • Tara Hollander Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    I tried that suggestion as well, thank you.  The iPhone cellular file was too degraded video quality to be worth it.  By the way, is that file extension compatible for an Android, or watching on any computer? 

     

    In today's day and age, 4.2MB isn't so big, so I'm sending the original file created in photo booth, but it seems I won't use this movie recording feature, as I potentially thought I would/could.  Thanks for the ideas and suggestions, I'm very grateful.

  • Ernie Stamper Level 8 Level 8 (37,555 points)

    You're right -- just got an email of 14 MB.

     

    I am sure there are ways to compress, but I don't know what you have, or would be willing to add on.  MPEG Streamclip is free and does some marvelous things, so you might check that.

     

    Ernie