I just caught a short 30 second clip of my son crawling for the first time with my Canon camera. I want to send the video to my Mom via email however the file is too big. Her computer does not play mp4, which is the only conversion option I found, and walking her through installing a compatible player is useless. So I would like to find out how to convert the mov file to avi or wmv, small enough to email. I just purchased Premiere Elements 10 and never used it. I could not figure out how to do it, so if anybody knows, that would be great.
Welcome to the forum.
Does PrE Import your MOV file?
If so, create a New Project that matches the specs. of that MOV file. What model Canon produced the file? Or, you can run that file through the great, free utility, MediaInfo, and get the full specs.
Then, I'd Trim the Clip a bit, and Share to WMV, if you are on a PC. If your mom is on a PC, that file should play just fine in Windows Media Player. WMV is a good container for streaming media, and you will have several choices for output. The higer quality setting make the file larger, and the smaller you make the file, the lower the quality. There is no getting around that, but WMV does a good job of looking good, but with higher compression, resulting in smaller files. The AVI container can allow for many CODEC's to be inside, but to get one, that allows for good quality, but smaller file size, will be too involved for your mom, if I read correctly. Go with WMV.
Now, there are a couple of options, that might be useful:
You could go for a higher quality file (larger), and then upload that to a service, like YouSendIt. They store the file, and send an e-mail to your mom. She just goes to the link in that e-mail, downloads the file (do not ZIP it, as that is an extra step, as she would have to Un-ZIP it), and plays it. It is quite simple, and they have some pretty cheap options. I have one of their upper-tier plans, and use it often. I have never had any issue with clients downloading files. There are other such services, but YouSendIt has been great for me.
Or, you could upload to YouTube, and send mom a link via e-mail. A service, like Vimeo would be good too, and the quality would be a bit better, than YouTube. For specs. on YouTube, see this FAQ Entry.
>just purchased Premiere Elements 10 and never used it
Online User Guide http://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-elements/archive.html
Importing Video http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1065281
-and project settings http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1112086
Saving & Sharing http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1137128
-Sharing to DVD or BluRay http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1137645
-Sharing for Movies http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1051093
-Sharing for Computer http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1058237
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