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Dropbox compressing my video files - why are my copy of the files smaller?

Dropbox compressing my video files - why are my copy of the files smaller?

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Hello,

 

How do I stop Dropbox from compressing my video clips?

 

I had my cinematographer share files through dropbox. On her computer for the same amount of files, 27 clips, she has 37.89 GB where I have the same 27 clips and mine is 9.59 GB. I can't have this and am on deadline. Send a solution at your earliest convenience.

 

My best,

 

Tracey

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Re: Dropox compressing my video files

Super User II

@TraceyQ26 wrote:

How do I stop Dropbox from compressing my video clips?


Dropbox doesn't compress your files. It doesn't alter them at all, except when they're previewed online in a browser, in which case it's just the preview that is transcoded for bandwidth purposes. Files in your account are never modified.

 


... I have the same 27 clips and mine is 9.59 GB.

Are you using Smart Sync? Are any of the files marked as Online-only? If so, any such files wouldn't take up space on your drive, so the total size on disk would be much lower.

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