After deciding to send a video file as an e-mail attachment, I was shocked to see the size of the file. It was 44 megabytes! Because most e-mail attachments limit the file size, I knew it would not be so easy. I knew there were file distributors and online file storage to share files with someone else, but I wanted to do an easy way to get it cheap.

By searching a simple solution online, I thought other people had the same problem. Some of the things I found in search engines:

  • There are 595,000 types of video files
  • Each file has unique features

To handle large files, the industry creates various compression and compression methods tools. They are called so-called codecs. Video codecs are written as video devices or software that allow video compression or decompression for digital video. A (video codec) search resulted in more than four million entries. Fortunately, the codec handles several different types of video files, but there are still many different codecs required. Common file names and extensions

Flash.flv and.swf AVI.avi MPG.mpg WMV.wmv

This summary is just a few of the various video files available, and as you can see, many studies would be required to understand the different characteristics of each of them.

The problem was that this 44 megabyte-video.mpg file I wanted to send to a friend electronically without causing much trouble. Since I did not know what my friend was reading, I decided to convert the file to Flash. Most computers that have been sold in recent years have installed Flash capabilities.

I found a converter that converts my.mpg to a Flash.swf file. Most trial versions are available before the trial period, and some are free. I was very happy to pay for my job. The converted .swf file played very well on Flash Player. The size of the compressed file has dropped from 44 MB to 6 megabytes.

Compression of Flash articles in Flash.flv was larger than .swf. Some further research was needed to find the a.flv converter (good thing i did not hesitate). The flv format compressed the 44 megabytes file to about 2 megabytes. I was looking for that. Then I realized that Adobe Flash Player did not play the .flv file. Several searches were made for a standalone, simple .flv player.


A few hours of research began to solve this simple problem. I hope you can help others who experience the same or similar problem. The converter and the player I found found free to download from the internet.

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