The other day I found myself wanting to extract full quality, uncompressed video from my iPhone. I didn’t have a Mac or PC handy, and I wanted to move the video to my iPad so I could work on it with iMovie.
I looked for apps first. Transfer Big Files was most prominent in my searches. It got mixed reviews and I never got around to trying it. I moved on.
Then I stumbled into something by accident: Acrobat.com. From http://files.acrobat.com in Safari on my iPad or iPhone I can upload items from my camera roll, including uncompressed video files. The web interface is clean and simple to use on an iOS device. You’ll need a free Adobe account.
I tried to do the same thing with Dropbox. On my iPhone I couldn’t navigate the desktop version of Dropbox. On my iPad Dropbox only offered to upload a compressed version of the video.
Box.com let me upload uncompressed versions of video files the same way Acrobat.com did. I had to load the desktop version of the site in iOS.
Once the video was uploaded from my iPhone to Acrobat.com I opened the Adobe Reader app on my iPad. The app let me save the video file to my camera roll. Using this workflow I can shoot video with my iPhone and wirelessly transfer the uncompressed full quality file to my iPad for further processing with something like iMovie.
It’s not an exercise for the impatient. If you’re doing this kind of stuff a lot I’d look into another solution, like the USB camera connection kit. That link has other solutions as well.
Acrobat.com has a file size limit of 100mb. You’ll get there fast with uncompressed iPhone video.
The free version of Acrobat.com provides 5GB of storage.
This Adobe document says you can’t upload .mov files. But I’ve been able to. Maybe they can’t be shared.
The 31 second uncompressed video I uploaded was 68MB.
I only tried Safari, not other browsers on iOS.