EXTRA ON THE WEB: Sharing large video files

By Al Ruechel, Bay News 9
Last Updated: Tuesday, November 29, 2016, 11:02 AM EST

Ever noticed when you make a video with your camera, if it’s any longer than 30 or 40 seconds, you can't send it via e-mail.

Well here's a simple solution for those larger files, video or otherwise, that doesn't cost a dime.

The name of this website is wetransfer.com. When you do a search for the website you want to pick the wetransfer.com free.

Here's how it works. Say you've got a video you want to share with a family member or basically anyone. I picked the video of a story Josh Rojas did a couple of weeks ago. The story is 22 mb in length -- about two minutes running time.

I tried sending it to someone -- no luck because most regular server websites limit the size of the mail file to 10 mb.

One of my producers told me about wetransfer.com. A free website where you can transfer files up to 2 gigabites without registering, something that is simple and safe. For $12 a month you could expand that to 20 gb with your own tags, background and storage.

The site makes its money by showing some full screen backgrounds that are actually paid ads -- though I swear I couldn't tell you what they were advertising.

Now back to the free transfer. All I had to do was select the file I wanted to send from my desktop. Enter the e-mail address of the person I'm sending the video to, and my e-mail address as the sender.

I have the option of sending that video or a combination of files that don't exceed 2 gigibites--- to up to 20 e-mail addresses at the same time. Hit the send button and away the 22 mb file goes.

On the receiving end, it comes as an e-mail from wetransfer. Open the site and a couple of clicks away, and the 22 mb file arrives in just a few seconds.

It hasn't cost you a dime, you didn't sacrifice your privacy, and the whole process from beginning to end may have taken you two or three minutes at the most.

There are a number of other ways to transfer large files, drop box is very popular, sharefiles.com, another site you don't have to pay to send that occasional video or large file transfer-- or have to deal with compressing and uncompressing. And you know me -- the simpler the better.