Smart Computing: Sharing Home Videos With Your Overseas Friends And Family

What is the best way to share a home video with friends and family online? It’s a common question, especially when the video is too large to send as an email attachment. Fortunately, there are many options available for sharing large files like your home videos, and here are a few of the best.

Cloud Storage Services

There are many cloud storage services available these days, with more popping up all the time. These do not only provide a simple way to store your content online, but many of them also make it easy to share your content with others.


Some of the most popular services include Dropbox, Google Drive, SugarSync and Microsoft SkyDrive, but there are many more. Most of them have free options, and you can then choose to pay for more storage and the ability to upload larger files if you want.

Once you have uploaded a file, there are usually ways to share it with others. Sometimes the receiver has to sign up to the service, but not always. For example, with Dropbox you can share a link that people can use to watch your video directly via a browser.

Bittorrent Clients

If you do not want to use a cloud storage service, you may want to consider using a free Bittorrent client. Many Bittorrent clients allow you to set up a private link with someone else so that they can download your content directly onto their computer, then the recipients can use a bittorrent client from to download the file. Just be aware that it may not be 100 percent private, so you may not want to share anything that is particularly sensitive.


FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol, and there are many free options available. Many allow you to turn your computer into an FTP server so that you can share your home videos directly from your computer. All you have to do is provide your friends with an address and a password to give them access, and you will be able to share your content privately, giving you lots of control. The problem with this is that the setting up can often be a bit technical, so it may not be suitable for everyone.

File Lockers

File lockers provide another simple way to share large files like home videos with other people. There are many to choose from, including Mediafire, Minus, RapidShare, YouSendIt and more, and they all perform a similar function.

Essentially, they involve uploading your file to the server and then sharing a link with your friend. Your friend will then just have to click on the link to download your file. One of the potential problems with this is that it can be very slow, especially if you are using a free service.

Share Your Home Video with Ease

Making home videos is easier than ever these days with the proliferation of smartphones. However, it’s no fun making them if you can’t share them. The above options all have their various merits, so try them out for yourself and decide which is the best way for you to share your videos with your family and friends.

Lucas Weston loves making technology work for you. He enjoys blogging about ways the average technology user can maximize potential for work and play.