Advice for Sending Large Files Online

Having the ability to transfer large files over the internet is an essential tool for all video, audio, and graphic designers who wish to build their business and literally work with clients on a global scale. Being able to deliver gig sized files and folders across continents and oceans via the internet saves time and money and makes geography a non-issue.

While transferring large files is certainly not a novel idea, there are different methods used by producers video editors and a quick run down of the best methods is in order.

1. File Transfer Protocol called FTP is a popular method for transferring data between computers via the Internet. By using a FTP software users simply provide a host name, user name, and password and get access to password protected folders online and with the click of a button one can upload or download files to the client. This method is the best for transferring files because the only limit to file size is the allowed gigs on the website’s server.

2. With access to an FTP server, one can also create URL links to files, such as large .wav files, that can be downloaded with the right click of a mouse. For example, you would create a URL such as http://www.websitename.com/projects/music.wav for a file named music.wav in a projects folder on your site.

3. Peer to Peer software or P2P does not involve uploading and instead allows the delivery of files between two personal computers. Participants need to install the same P2P software. The software allows file downloading and no links are exchanged between users.

4. Another method, called Software as a Service or SaaS, is an application hosted on a server which is made available to users. Links are provided for downloading once a user uploads files of a certain size. Payed plans are available for the uploading of multiple or massive files.

Geography will become more and more irrelevant for your media business as you become proficient with the above methods. By overcoming geography you will be able to work with clients anywhere on the globe as easily as with those in your neighborhood.

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