I've been trying to figure out how to best move videos taken from an iPhone to my Mac. I used a variety of methods, and got files of wildly varying file sizes and pixel dimensions, and some of the results don't make a lot of sense to me. Perhaps someone here can help make heads or tails out of this info? -------------------------- Method 1: Connect iPhone to Mac via lightning cable and use Image Capture to move video to Mac Result 1: File size: 98MB / Get Info reports: 1080 x 1920 dimensions Method 2: Share video from iPhone via email Result 2: File size: 3MB / Get info reports: 320 x 568 Method 3: Share video from iPhone via text message, receive text on Mac via Messages, save to hard drive Result 3: File size 8.7MB (!!) / Get info reports: nothing...dimensions and codec info not preserved via this method Method 4: Share video from iPhone via iCloud photo sharing, import to Mac via Photos, export in 1080p format Result 4: File size 39MB / Get info reports: 608 x 1080 Method 5: Share video from iPhone via iCloud photo sharing, import to Mac via Photos, export as "unmodified original" Result 5: File size 11MB / Get info reports: 720 x 1280 FWIW, Get Info also reports in all cases (except Method 3) codecs of H.264 & AAC --------------------------- Questions that arise: 1. Method 1 (Image Capture) seems to be the highest quality since both file size and pixel dimensions are largest. Is there any way to transfer this kind of high quality original from an iPhone to someone else WITHOUT Image Capture or a direct connection? 2. I was surprised that emailing the video resulted in a smaller file size than when texting it. Does this make sense? 3. The two methods of exporting from Photos (Method 4 and Method 5) surprised me. What's going on here? Is the 1080p export upsampling? Why are the pixels dimensions larger at the same time the file size is smaller for exporting as "unmodified original"? Which of these two methods results in a "higher quality" original? My goal here is to be able to take a video that someone else took on an iPhone in another state to me so I can edit it in iMovie. I presume I want to start with the highest quality version I can get my hands on...what method works best here (and having the iPhone owner use Image Capture on her machine and then sending me the file isn't an option...).