How to Compress a Video to Email

Common video formats or file extensions supported by PCs, Macs and the Internet include FLV, AVI, MP4, and MOV. All file types are compressed with a certain number of "bytes," or size of your file, depending on your extension. Email attached videos must be heavily compressed, as generic email accounts have a file attachment limit.

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Go to nchsoftware.com (see Resources). Scroll down and to the right until you find "Download Prism..." for your Mac or PC. Click the appropriate "Download Prism..." button.

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Open the "dmg" file. This will install "Prism" for you. Find and open the "Prism" icon.

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Either drag your video into the converter or click on "Add File(s)" in the upper left-hand corner. Find your video file and click "OK" or "Choose." Now your video will be in queue to convert.

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Scroll down to "Output Format" in the lower left-hand corner. Click on the pop-up tab to its right and choose your preferred output. Since we are converting for email, click on the ".mp4" extension. This will create a smaller file than the other options.

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Make sure your video is highlighted in the queue and click "Convert," which is in a box in the lower right-hand corner.

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Attach the video to an email.