Posts Tagged ‘Multimedia’
Besides Media-convert.com I reviewed in my last post, there are two other excellent video converting services. They are YouConvertIt and Zamzar. Both of Web services can be one stop conversion shop that lets you covert WAV to MP3, JPEG to TIFF, DOC to HTML, and AVI to MP4. Both sites will convert the file and send you a link via email where you can download the newly converted file. They are free to use and there is no need to download anything.
Zamza is a free online file conversion tool. Zamzar can convert your video, audio, images, and documents from nearly any format to nearly any format you like. The file conversion process takes only a few minutes. Up to five files can be converted simultaneously. When the conversion process is completed, Zamzar e-mails you a link to the converted file. The files are kept on the servers of Zamzar for 24 hours. The maximum file size is 100 MB, but there are no limits on the number of files converted. If you sign up for an account with Zamzar though you can upload files up to 1 GB in size. ZamZar can convert between 8 image formats, 16 document formats, 9 audio formats, 13 video formats, and 9 compressed formats.
Zamzar is very easy to use and has a better interface and design than Media-convert. However, Media-convert also allows input files to be locally stored or from a URL, saving users an extra step if a file is on the Internet. Also, Media-convert converts the file while you wait, and gives a download link on screen when the process is completed. Since no registration is required, users are not required to give up an email address as they are with Zamzar and YouconvertIt.
YouConvertIt is a Web-based file conversion service with a Web 2.0 touch. Like Zamzar, YouConvertIt lets you upload audio, video, image, or document files and convert from one format to another. All you need to do is select the file from your computer, select your target format, and the file will be uploaded and converted. Once the conversion is complete, you will receive an e-mail containing a link to allow you to download it within 7 days. YouConvertIt offers a large range of file conversions with 8 audio (AAC, MP3, WAV,..) 72 image (JPG, GIF, PNG, …), 13 video (AVI, WMV, 3GP, MP4, …) and 46 document types (.DOC, .PDF, …). You can convert up to 5 files at a time.
Unlike Zamzar, YouConvertIt does not have a file size limit. Furthermore, you can convert measurement units like size, area, distance, time, velocity, mass, etc and has an online media download manager for Youtube, Metacafe and Google videos. To download videos from Youtube, Metacafe and Google, you simply enter the URL of the file and then either convert it directly or download it to your computer.
Both of Zamar and YouConvertIt are fast and convenient. They are useful, particularly when converting flash movies to MP4 for viewing on an iPod. They are great tools for teachers and students who need to convert a file and do not have a good desktop program.
Showbeyond is a multimedia slidecast creator, online publishing platform, and story sharing community. It lets you create, share, search for, and embed multimedia presentations. I think Showbeyond is quite easy to use and you can create a decent multimedia slideshow with Showbeyond. To create your multimedia slideshow, you first upload your images from your computer or via URL. Also, you can import a batch of images directly from Flickr or Picasa. You can rearrange your images in any way you like. Then, you can add text captions for each image, add background music, or even a narration. When you complete your multimedia slideshow, Showbeyond gives you several options for sharing your slideshow with your colleagues, students, or anyone. You can make it public or keep it private. Also, you can embed your slideshow on your blog or social networking sites. The community on ShowBeyond is much like what you’ll find on YouTube or Slideshare. Slideshows can be tagged, commented upon, added to your favorites, and shared with others.
Here is a sample of slideshow created on Showbeyond.