Amazon Cloud Drive: Store and Share Your Video Files

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Amazon Cloud Drive is a cloud storage service that lets you upload your files so that you can store and share them online. Cloud Drive has a newly launched desktop app for Windows and Mac users, but if you want to use cloud drive on a mobile device it has to be an Amazon product like the Kindle Fire tablet. That being said, every user gets 5GB of free storage on Amazon's secure servers, and unlimited access from any computer.

Getting Started with Amazon Cloud Drive:

If you already have an account that you use to buy things from amazon.com, you can use the same login information to get started with Cloud Drive. Once you're logged in, you'll be taken to the dashboard where you can start uploading files. You get 5GB for free, but additional storage is available for a fee. 

Uploading Files to Cloud Drive:

To upload files to Cloud Drive just press the 'Upload Files' button in the upper-left corner of the screen. Cloud Drive comes with four different folders for music, documents, pictures, and videos. To stay organized, open one of those folders first so that you can easily locate your file after you upload it. Cloud Drive boasts pretty efficient uploading, especially for a free cloud storage service.

If you want to play a video file you've uploaded, you can access it through your Amazon.com cloud drive account, and play it back right in your web browser.

Amazon supports playback for plenty of file types - audio, stills and video included. You'll also have the option to download any of the files in your cloud drive to the computer you're using.

The Cloud Drive App:

Once you download the Cloud Drive app from the Amazon website, you'll need to enter your username and password in order to start uploading files from your computer.

After that you'll be able to start uploading files from your hard drive. A convenient feature for Mac users is the ability to import photos directly from your iPhoto library. 5GB is enough space for 2,000 photos, so cloud drive is a great option for users who want to back up their photo libraries to the cloud.

You can upload any file on your computer by right-clicking on the file or folder name. The pop-up menu will now include the option 'Upload to Amazon Cloud Drive'. Similar to Dropbox, cloud drive will appear as an icon in your task bar, and you can also drag and drop the files here to upload them. The Cloud Drive app will now run on your computer without having to re-open the application, and if you want to quit the app, you can do so by accessing the drop down menu in the task bar.

In addition to the task bar icon, the app comes with a pop-up box where you can also drag and drop files to upload. You don't have to worry about your files disappearing - Cloud Drive automatically copies the files you drop into the cloud space so you don't misplace the original.

Amazon Cloud Drive for Video Producers:

Having a cloud storage service is an important part of the workflow for any video project.

Even though the size of HD video far outweighs common internet upload speeds, you can use services like Cloud Drive to share clips with your collaborators, or even share documents relating to the script, subtitles, revisions, or credits.

To quickly share a video clip with someone using Cloud Drive, you should compress the video first - especially if it's HD. Use software such as MPEG Streamclip to lower the bit rate of your video. This will shrink the size of your file making it quicker to upload, download, and stream from the cloud.

It can get tricky choosing from so many free cloud storage services, but you don't have to use just one!

If you've purchased something on Amazon and have a user account, you already have access to 5GB of free storage, so why not start uploading and sharing on the cloud?