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Uploading large videos

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The largest video that Tapestry can cope with is 100 MB. Your videos might be longer than that if they are long, high resolution, or in a file format that doesn't compress very well.


Our system will cope with videos in lots of formats, resolutions, and lengths. But for best results, please keep videos less than 1 minute long, at a resolution of 640 x 640 or less, in mp4.


If you try and upload a video that is bigger than 100 MB you will see an error. Tapestry might say "Video too large", "Video too long" or something more obscure like "File Size Error".


To be able to upload the video, you need to make it lower resolution, shorter and make sure it is in a good format.


There are lots of ways of doing that. Below are some tips, depending on what sort of device you are on.


iPad / iPhone

If you use the Tapestry app, rather than the Safari browser, it will automatically turn your video into something of the right format and right resolution before uploading. So, if you have been trying to upload using Safari on an iPad or an iPhone, the quickest and easiest thing to do is to try again using the app.


If it still says the video is too large, then you need 'trim it' to make it shorter. You can do this using the built in Photos app. Some instructions are here: http://www.imore.com/how-trim-video-your-iphone-or-ipad


Once you have trimmed the video, try uploading again.



If you are on a Mac, then you can shorten and change the resolution of a video using the built in Photos program.


Some instructions for shortening a video in the Photos program are here: http://www.imore.com/how-edit-videos-photos-os-x


Once you have shortened your video, that may be enough to make the upload work. If it isn't, then you may need to reduce its resolution and change its format. To do that:


  1. Open the Photos application
  2. Find the video in Photos,
  3. Click on it so that it has a blue ring around it,
  4. Go to the 'File' menu,
  5. then 'Export',
  6. then 'Export 1 video...'
  7. then change the 'Movie Quality' to '480p'
  8. then 'Export' to save it in a location you can find again,
  9. then upload that exported version.


Android / Kindle Fire




In the mean time, this: http://www.dummies.com/consumer-electronics/tablets/android-tablets/how-to-trim-a-video-on-your-android-tablet/may describe how to shorten a video on some Android devices.




On a Windows PC, you can download this free tool to compress the video.

  1. Click "Open", select your video file and click "Open".
  2. If you want to trim the video, you can tick the "Cutting" box and enter the start and end time (hh:mm:ss) that you want to keep.
  3. Use "Desired Video Size" to choose the approximate size of the resulting file. Tapestry needs your file to be under 100MB.
  4. Click "Compress".
  5. Choose where you want to save your video and click "Save".
  6. When it asks "Do you want to start video compression?" click "Yes".
  7. The tool will compress the video and then show you a message telling you that it has finished and what the size of the resulting file is. Click "OK".
  8. You can now close the program or click "Open" to start the process again with another video.


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We were hoping to try to upload a video of our Nativity to Tapestry - but having read this I'm thinking it's not going to be possible! It's likely to be about 15 mins in length. Is it worth us even trying to compress it?

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Unfortunately 15 minutes of video is unlikely to be under our 100MB limit, however well it is compressed.


You can split it into a series of short chunks, though this may be more hassle than it is worth to you.

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