The Mysterious Case of Overflowing Video Files. Solved!

I have a lot of unedited, unflattering family video files dating back to 2011 and I've been trying to figure out how to get rid of them without explicitly deleting them. No matter how crappy those videos are, they are still precious memories. I need to find a solution ASAP because the number of videos just keeps on accumulating.

My first solution was to upload them on free cloud storage solutions like Google Drive and Dropbox, however, after computing the total storage needed, I immediately cross out this option from my list.

Then I remember that Flickr offers 1TB storage for all users and I have two accounts. I went ahead and created an album for all my videos, but after my first video was uploaded, I had a hard time playing it back. I don't know where the problem is and I don't have enough patience to figure it out so I moved on to another solution.

I then turned to YouTube but found the upload time too long.

My last resort was Facebook. I was thinking of signing up for a Vimeo account, but then again, the storage allocation for free accounts is too small for my needs so Vimeo is out of the list.

I would have never considered Facebook videos, but I'm so glad I resorted to this one. Below are some of the reasons why this solution worked to be the best solution to my overflowing video dilemma:

1. Facebook Group can work as a private video album

I only want my family members to be able to see those videos at the same time, I don't want to flood my timeline, so I created a new Facebook group and added my family members whom I want to share the videos with. This also saves me the hassle of tagging my relatives once a video has been published since group members get notified right away.

If someone creates a new Facebook account, sharing the videos is as easy as adding him/her as a member to the group. I also found creating a family Facebook group very beneficial not just for videos but also for photos and events.

2. Viewers can easily switch between Standard Definition and High Definition

So far, I'm happy how the video playback turned out in Facebook and the view in HD option gives me great comfort that my baby cousins' face while singing Miley Cyrus Wrecking Ball is very well preserved and I can peacefully delete the video file on my hard drive. The feeling was glorious, I'm telling you. I only wish Facebook would add a "create playlist" option to help me organize my videos better.

3. Download SD/HD file available

Apart from easy sharing, the main reason why I was keen on backing up my video files is so I can download the original files in case I need to create tribute videos for weddings or reunions ;)

Do you have a similar problem with videos? I hope this blog post has helped you in some way. Thanks for reading!

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