I took a couple of videos, including one long video (about 30 minutes) to test the quality and it was wonderful! The problem is that I can't do anything with them. They are (obviously) too large to send to people via things like email. I tried connecting it to my computer via usb to put the files onto my computer (my preferred method of dealing with files) but the video files were not there at all.
From my computer, there was really only one available path of folders and it took me to my camera roll where I could transfer/copy/save all my photos to my pc (which is great because I have taken many nice pictures). The videos, which were also stored on my phones camera roll were not visible in the folder at all (though the folder properties indicated it was 5GB large as if to say it did have the videos).
So my question is basically: how can I access my videos (and ideally get them onto my computer)?
Other details: I do not own a Mac and my iPhone is my only Apple Product.
I Figured it out!!!!
My solution was to download the new iTunes and here is why I think it worked:
I tried to download the old iPhone explorer thing to search for the file and it required iTunes, which I didn't have. I was running Vista because I had to reset my pc to factory defaults (poor old PC haha. if only I had money for a new one). I don't like iTunes at all so I never bothered with it. Anyway, I started downloading the new version of iTunes (10.something) and about 1/8th of the way through the install, my pc started installing driver software on its own. It turned out it was installing drivers for my iPhone 5 (this occurred 1/8th of the way through right after iTunes installed some Apple components stuff for PCs) and this time, when I looked in the phone's folder for its data, my 30 minute video was there !!! So I think what was needed was a driver on my PC for my phone which for some reason didn't install until I got some Apple components (which was the first part of the iTunes install).
Thank goodness I don't need to touch iTunes and thank goodness it works! It is truly a wonderful phone and hopefully this will offer another solution to finding those pesky large video files (or large video file) that won't open up in the explorer.