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James Strecker
Getting large video off iPhone 8 to PC
on Dec 18, 2018 at 9:25:39 pm

Hello. This probably isn’t the right forum for this (couldn’t find one specifically aimed at iPhones—is there even one?), but the knowledgeable humans on this site have helped me more times than I can count in the past and an Apple-related forum seemed closest bet.

I am simply trying to get a 2.5-hour video off my iPhone 8. I recorded it with the phone. I have tried plugging my phone into my computer (PC, Windows 10) and manually copy+pasting it from the phone’s photo folders—the connection drops before the video can finish copying. I have tried using third-party software to “hack” into my phone’s internal file system—same thing. I have tried uploading the video to Google Drive via WiFi—same thing. I have tried backing up all my photos/videos to iCloud—I have too many and I can’t even get far enough into the backup process before it doesn’t reach the video and quits. I have tried backing up all my photos/videos to Google Photos—the video tries to upload and sits at 0% indefinitely. I have tried uploading to Dropbox—not enough space, same “timing out” of the upload.

To be clear, there is nothing wrong with this video file. It plays perfectly fine on my phone. It is just...well, huge. I’ve even tried cutting it into smaller videos—that works for the first chunk, then fails every other time (a bug that, according to Apple’s help forums, they have left unsolved for months).

I cannot get this video off my phone. I have done everything I can think of. I need it for a video I’m editing, pronto. Apparently this is a lesson to never use my phone as a B camera in the future. But that’s not the point right this second. If anyone has any ideas, PLEASE let me know. I am losing my mind over how ridiculous it is that I can’t get a video from my phone to my computer. It’s insane.

Thank you!

James Strecker
JTS Entertainment
http://www.youtube.com/JTSEntertainment


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John Rofrano
Re: Getting large video off iPhone 8 to PC
on Dec 19, 2018 at 1:48:41 pm

[James Strecker] "I have tried plugging my phone into my computer (PC, Windows 10) and manually copy+pasting it from the phone’s photo folders—the connection drops before the video can finish copying."
Have you tried using iTunes? That is the normal way to transfer videos from your iPhone to your computer.

~jr

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James Strecker
Re: Getting large video off iPhone 8 to PC
on Dec 19, 2018 at 9:02:48 pm

Describe "using iTunes," if you would please. Like backing up my files? Where are they then stored on my PC? I need to be able to access the video file as an actual "physical," usable file, and not just a file that can play in iTunes (which has been my experience with that program in the past).

Thanks,

James Strecker
JTS Entertainment
http://www.youtube.com/JTSEntertainment


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John Rofrano
Re: Getting large video off iPhone 8 to PC
on Dec 20, 2018 at 2:29:02 pm

[James Strecker] "Describe "using iTunes," if you would please. Like backing up my files?"
Yes. I have a Mac so it may be a little different but in iTunes there is a File Sharing option but it may only work if you used a 3rd party camera app. Normally, if you used the default camera, it gets synced with iPhoto on a Mac. I know you don't have iPhoto on a PC so maybe iTunes will use the File Sharing option.

This is what it looks like on my Mac:



As you can see, I have recorded a video with FiLMiC Pro and then in iTunes selected my iPhone and then File Sharing and selected the app and it shows all of the files that can be transferred to your computer. I'm guessing something similar exists for the PC version of iTunes.

It's worth a try.

~jr

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James Strecker
Re: Getting large video off iPhone 8 to PC
on Dec 21, 2018 at 5:59:04 am

I see where you’re talking about but that doesn’t exist for Camera for me. I guess I’ll have to keep investigating where iTunes backs up to on my computer. Thanks for your help!

James Strecker
JTS Entertainment
http://www.youtube.com/JTSEntertainment


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John Rofrano
Re: Getting large video off iPhone 8 to PC
on Dec 23, 2018 at 1:40:47 pm

Yea, on the Mac there is the iPhoto app (or now renamed Photos) which will transfer all of your photos and video from your iPhone but you don't have that on a PC so you are at a disadvantage. All of my videos from the default camera app come over in the Photos app on my Mac.

If you are using your iPhone to do professional recording you should seriously look into getting FiLMiC Pro. If offers way more recording options, formats, and more control over camera settings. Well worth the money. Then you can use the transfer method that I showed.

~jr

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