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can't upload movies

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  1. melias

    melias Thread Starter

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    i'm using cute ftp and cannot upload large movie files! i've tried a mpg of 213 mb, a wmv of 23 mb and various zipped versions of each to no avail. it uploads for hours, but when it's done it says 0. a couple times it did some weird thing where it seemed to be restarting many times (it went all day while i was at work) and uploaded part of the file. that might have been the winRAR archive i tried, i don't remember now.
    i also tried uploading the Windows Movie Maker Project (mswmm) with the hope that i could download it at work and recreate the movie...nope.
    any ideas? thanks!!
    ~melias
     
  2. brendandonhu

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    Most webhosts have timeouts on uploads, or filesize restrictions. Is it only video files you have troubles with, or is it all large files?
     
  3. MustBNuts

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    Yeah, if you are uploading to your ISP's provided webspace, then most of the time they limit you to more or less 10MB...so even your wmv would have failed.

    The other thing is how are you connecting? dialup, cable, dsl?

    MBN
     
  4. melias

    melias Thread Starter

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    it may be the size; nothing else i've uploaded has been more than about 1,000 kb. i'm pretty sure last year i uploaded some movies, but someone else made them and i don't remember their extensions or sizes (they did take a long time, though). i have dsl and a pretty good connection.
    i'll check with the IT dept. (it's a school district) and see if they've put a size/time limit on uploads....meanwhile, is there a way to compress or change the format of these to streamline them a bit? the 213 mb mpg is the one i really need to get uploaded now.
    thanks a lot for your prompt help!
    ~melias
     
  5. MustBNuts

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    The whole point of Movie Maker wmv options is to shrink your movie down to a manageable size. What data rate did you choose? Have you tried lowering it?

    Obviously, when you lower the data rate, it decreases the quality of your movie. But the problem with not doing that is that expecting people to download a 200MB movie from the web is not a good idea.

    If you are just trying to get your movie to school (you mention that 213MB mpg), the only way you will do that is either get permission to upload it or burn it to CD and walk it in.

    If your school district's size limits are too small, look into your own ISP's limitations. I have comcast and they allow 25MB for each email address I create (I can create up to, I think, 5).

    Good luck and post back if you have any other questions,

    MBN
     
  6. melias

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    well, i'm mixing two problems here, i guess. at first i was trying to upload the wmv file because the cd i burned wouldn't work at school (needed codecs, which i found out over in windows xp). i took care of that, but now need to upload the huge one to the district's website because the superintendent wants people to see the "recruiting video." however, your point of not expecting people to download a 200 mb movie is well taken. this is a commercially-produced video and i'm not sure if i can appreciably shrink it, or even if i would have rights to do that. i think i'll talk to IT and let them decide whether or not to upload the movie, and they can tell the superintendent about it. thanks--i love this forum.
    ~melias
     
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