How do I Format a DVD File to Email?
By Terrance Karter
It is possible to email the contents of a DVD; however, there are changes that you need to make to each of the pieces of material on the DVD so it can be sent. This is a quick process, but it requires DVD ripping software. Once you email it, the recipient will need to have similar software so he can put the pieces back together and burn it to a DVD.
Place the DVD in your disk drive and open your ripping software.
Rip the DVD onto your computer. This will create several different files and elements of the information--the different pieces of sound and picture and encoding information.
Place all of the files and elements into one folder. Make sure that you label this folder something you can remember, so you can find it when you go to email it.
Right-click on the folder and choose "Send to." Then choose "Zipped file." This will zip the entire folder into a manageable size.
Open up your email program and click "New message." Compose your message and then click "Attach" to attach the DVD file to the email. Click "Browse" and then browse through your computer until you find the file you've saved on your desktop. Click on it to attach it to your email.
Click send to send the email.
- Keep in mind that your email program, your connection or the receiver's email program might keep you from sending all of the information on a DVD through email, especially if it is a very large file.
Terrance Karter has served as a reporter, reviewer and columnist for "The Exponent," as well as a contributor to the "Shelterbelt," both based in northeast South Dakota. Karter holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from Northern State University in South Dakota.