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Opening your machine to the public is a path fraught with peril and something to be avoided at almost any cost!
I recently returned from France with lots of videos and photos; too many and too large to put on Google Plus or SnapFish. Is there a way to have people login to my computer (Windows 7) to view the videos? I know that this could be dangerous, but then after awhile I would disable this.
In this excerpt from Answercast #50, I look at various ways to share vacation photos and videos through online services.
Yeah, it would be dangerous!
It is something that I would in no way recommend. There are simply too many ways that this can turn into a disaster. With open access... that kind of access to your PC? It's just not something you want to do.
Yes, there are ways to do it. I don't want to say that it can't be done.
To do it safely is complex; you're effectively setting up your own web server. And I just wouldn't.
What I would do instead (now, you haven't really mentioned what sizes you're truly talking about), if they're within the multiple GB range, say 2 or 10 or 50, I would really be seriously tempted to use something like Dropbox.
If you set up a Dropbox account you can:
Move these files into the Dropbox folders;
Give Dropbox the time it needs to upload these files;
Once they're uploaded, you can then share links publicly to the files in Dropbox - to all of your friends and family.
The other question I have is with respect to the videos.
If the videos really are that huge, you might want to consider using something like Windows Movie Maker or some other video editing software to turn the videos into something that is:
Perhaps lower resolution;
Has maybe higher compression;
Maybe has pieces edited out;
Maybe even is a compilation of "best of" moments.
Something that makes the file that much more manageable to actually upload.
Remember everything that you're having trouble uploading - you're then asking all of your visitors, all of the people who want to see this... they need to download this!
So, if it's too much for you to upload, it's going to be a lot for them to download as well. That's why potentially running these videos through some kind of video editing might be worth it.
The other scenario for videos specifically is YouTube. You can upload these files to YouTube and YouTube will do its processing on them.
You can have the files be private:
You can actually have them not show up in YouTube search.
You can have them be on YouTube only so that people who know the URL (which you would give them) would be able to view the video.
Basically, I would look for just about any other solution besides giving people direct access to your machine. I think that's a path fraught with peril and something to be avoided at almost any cost.
As a side note, realize that if you were able to set up a remote access to your machine, when people are viewing the videos, what does it mean?
It means that the videos are being uploaded from your machine!
The very thing that you think is too big for this to work.
So either way the videos are coming off of your machine, they're getting uploaded somewhere.
Upload them once to a service like YouTube and that way people can view them
without impacting your own internet connection.
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