1. Txdogs's Avatar
    I was having fun recently putting together some little videos using the iPhone 4 to do the video, then revamping it using iMovies. Nice sharp video quality UNTIL I sent it to others via MMS. Then the video quality is no longer sharp and the audio quality is also poor. Has anyone else had this issue? My original saved video is still sharp and clear. It simply becomes distorted when sent to someone via MMS.

    Thanks,
    10-12-2010 06:55 PM
  2. bigchamp's Avatar
    Do they have a iPhone? That might be the reason.
    10-12-2010 07:48 PM
  3. swooshme's Avatar
    Video quality is always compressed when sending MMS. Doesn't matter of the recipient had an iPhone or not. If you email it, The quality is much better.
    10-12-2010 08:07 PM
  4. SeanHRCC's Avatar
    i experienced this today as a matter of fact...sent an MMS to my brothers iPhone, crisp HD quality, then it became terrible 10 year old cell phone video quality after sending. Really disappointing, considering the video was all of 10 seconds long...
    10-12-2010 08:09 PM
  5. swooshme's Avatar
    It kind of makes sense, sort of. Compressing it makes sense even if the video is crappy, because not everyone has an iPhone or a phone capable of receiving high quality video. Imaging trying to open a high quality video on a Razr, (just had an image of a phone popping like a popcorn kernel).

    They probably should have given compression options, like when you send pictures via email on the iPhone.
    10-12-2010 08:25 PM
  6. j7469's Avatar
    It kind of makes sense, sort of. Compressing it makes sense even if the video is crappy, because not everyone has an iPhone or a phone capable of receiving high quality video. Imaging trying to open a high quality video on a Razr, (just had an image of a phone popping like a popcorn kernel).

    They probably should have given compression options, like when you send pictures via email on the iPhone.
    Its got more to do with AT&T or whomever their carrier is than the iPhone. MMS are treated differently than say an email. It probably has a limit to its size capability so it will get compress no matter what.
    10-13-2010 12:47 AM
  7. Jellotime91's Avatar
    Ok, videos sent over mms are always compressed, however they are NOT converted to be viewable by crappier phones. They remain in MOV format. Barely anyone I send videos to over MMS (including blackberry and android users) can view videos that I send them.

    They are compressed for speed of course, and because mms can't judge file size. I know we all think AT&T and carriers in general are evil, but first of all this isn't just AT&T: it's every carrier in the world. And secondly, I actually think it's fair. Why should they allow us to send ridiculously large file sizes over mms, making the network worse for everyone.
    10-13-2010 02:27 AM
  8. SeanHRCC's Avatar
    ^^^ so basically you're saying it's fair to decrease the end product because the support can't handle it (IE: compress MMS because the servers are already overloaded).

    Hmmm...seems like a good way to improve things for the future...lol.
    10-13-2010 06:58 AM
  9. Jellotime91's Avatar
    The network is already pathetic on AT&T, if MMS was opened up to send high quality video files the network would be terrible on EVERY carrier. They can't always just throw more money at it. There's only so much they can do.
    10-13-2010 11:24 PM
  10. jerrydavid's Avatar
    Yeah I noticed that as well. I shot some video and sent it off to a friend to brag about the great video the IP4 could take and it reduced it down to garbage.

    Video sent via email will be compressed somewhat as well, but not as much as when sending via MMS.
    10-13-2010 11:39 PM
  11. Mustang5Oh's Avatar
    I find it easier to just upload it to YouTube and send people the link. Keeps it HD and saves it at the same time.
    10-14-2010 03:19 AM
  12. Txdogs's Avatar
    Thanks for the info. everyone. Yes, YouTube would be a great option but some videos one simply does not want to share with everyone! The video I have is of co-workers being goof balls. They would kill be if I posted them on YouTube.

    And the video I sent via MMS was to another iPhone user, still really crappy quality. But I guess the compression factor makes sense. Just too bad they cannot see how really sharp it is.
    10-14-2010 11:03 AM
  13. nyc_rock's Avatar
    There is no video quality issue over mms. Mms by definition is low quality. Android phones offer different quality when you are shooting video, the lowest being "mms". In typical iPhone fashion, IOS reduces the quality automatically to reduce the file size.
    10-14-2010 11:47 AM
  14. Jellotime91's Avatar
    ^ note that Android does also reduce the quality upon sending as well...
    10-14-2010 01:00 PM
  15. nyc_rock's Avatar
    ^ note that Android does also reduce the quality upon sending as well...
    Yes, everyphone does that shoots video in a high resolution. that was my point. Android just lets you pre-select the lower resolution.
    10-14-2010 02:12 PM
  16. jairo1daywrk4apple's Avatar
    Yeah i always simply email the video because its quicker, and doesnt compress it... also youtube is so simple to upload i can do that, plus you can add a video on youtube and put the settings of that video so that only certain people will be able to see it...
    10-14-2010 02:25 PM
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