Online Converting Tools

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.

Zamzar


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


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.

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About Steve Yuen

I am a Professor Emeritus of Instructional Technology and Design at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States.
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19 Responses to Online Converting Tools

  1. houbinfang says:

    YouConvertIt and Zamzar: these two are fantastic tools online. I still remember several days ago when I first found the website: Media-convert.com which can also help people to convert files online, I was so appreciate. Now, I believe that there is always better stuff coming. Internet can always surprise you. It is right the time to know this because nowadays we really need to convert a file between formats for one reason or another, usually because of the compatible issues: your particular program doesn’t support a particular format. Rather than hunting around for a file conversion program, there now exists these kinds of websites.
    Through using these kinds of websites, we have the option to choose between a very large variety of file formats which include audio, document, image, video and archive file types. I do not know if you realize that we can add up to five files at a time throughYouConvertIt and also through Zamzar we can upload up to 100 MB file in for conversion. Furthermore, we can even add a URL that links to a file online which we want to convert. Another surprise is that It also provides an option for sending files to a recipients email address.
    We can also bookmark it, there is an option for us to bookmark the site. We even do not need to leave that page for bookmaking: there is a button for bookmarking at the bottom.

  2. Christopher Tisdale says:

    I am very thankful for this blog on online converting tools. I am always running into problems within my classroom where I need to convert files to a different format, especially when I want my students to add music to PowerPoint or use a different application program that is not compatible with Office XP. One program I use to convert music files is Switch. It is a pretty good converter, but it does not offer as many conversion types as Zamia or YouConvertIt.

    I tested Zamia and it is amazing. I converted an Office 2007 file (docx) to Office XP file (doc); I had no problems converting the document, and there was no problem with the format of my document. All I had to do was put in my e-mail address, watch the file conversion, and wait for the converted file to be sent to my e-mail address. Zamia is wonderful because it can convert a 100MB file and it is fast. I received an e-mail within a few minutes. I found Zamia to be very user friendly and easy to use. I am going to explore MediaConverter and YouConvertIt also to learn how to use these amazing converters. I cannot wait to share this information with colleagues and my students. Even though I have a lot of things to teach, on our free days I love to show my students all the new technology I have learned. So whatever I have learned in IT780, my students will also learn. I know my students will be very excited about these free file conversion websites. From looking at the graphic (YouConvertIt) under the post, it looks very easy to use. MediaConverter seems like it converts every type of file. I am so excited about this technology that I am going to use all three websites to do file conversions.

  3. Amy Thornton says:

    These tools are awesome. I often find myself having to convert files. I’ve had several students come to me needing their video files converted because their digital camera saved it has a file format they can’t use and they need to import it into MovieMaker. I will definitely be using these tools. I have often found myself needing to convert documents as well. I usually convert any Word documents I put on the Web to PDF documents and usually use a different tool to do this, but I like the idea of having one place where I can convert all types of files.

    I am happy to be able to recommend these sites to others as well. Our new podcasting application that we created is going to restrict users to certain file types, but now I can include in the training resources such as these Web sites so if they have a file type that is not supported they can easily convert their file so they can upload it. This will save me the time of having to do it for them.

    I really like that you can have the file e-mailed to you, but it might cause some issues depending on the size of the file. It would also be nice if these sites offered compression tools as well, then you could compress your file and convert it at the same time. In the process of conversion it could really go either way, depending on what you are converting to, it could make the file size larger or smaller.

  4. Farid says:

    Multimedia is more than one concurrent presentation medium (for example, on CD-ROM or a Web site). Although still images are a different medium than text, multimedia is typically used to mean the combination of text, sound, and/or motion video. Some people might say that the addition of animated images (for example, animated GIF on the Web) produces multimedia, but it has typically meant one of the following.

    However, multimedia tends to imply sophistication (and relatively more expense) in both production and presentation than simple text-and-images. Multimedia presentations are possible in many contexts, including the Web, CD-ROMs, and live theater.

  5. Shenetta Darby says:

    Dr. Yuen,

    I know for a fact that I can come to your blog and find all the technology I need. Thanks, for making this possible. I used Zamzar for the first time and I am hooked.

  6. floor jacks says:

    This is the first time I commented here and I should say that you provide genuine, and quality information for other bloggers! Great job.
    p.s. You have an awesome template . Where did you find it?

  7. fendiwanchin says:

    if .pdf translate .gif, it can do,but translatered…, the file can’t open file

  8. 玲毓 says:

    看到這一篇,我覺得未來將會是網路新世代,幾乎所有我們在電腦上能夠做的事情,未來都可以在網路上直接應用,也許,未來我們不需要作業系統OS,我們不需要OFFICE套裝軟體,我們只需要一套硬體,一條網路線(也許不用,可以使用無線網路),我們就可以在世界各地完成我們的工作,也許未來,我們在環遊世界的旅途中,能夠掌控公司內部所有業務,經由網路完成所有工作。

  9. 玲毓 says:

    看到這一篇,我覺得未來將會是網路新世代,幾乎所有我們在電腦上能夠做的事情,未來都可以在網路上直接應用,也許,未來我們不需要作業系統OS,我們不需要OFFICE套裝軟體,我們只需要一套硬體,一條網路線(也許不用,可以使用無線網路),我們就可以在世界各地完成我們的工作,也許未來,我們在環遊世界的旅途中,能夠掌控公司內部所有業務,經由網路完成所有工作。

  10. DavidWP says:

    I’m gonna bookmark this one for sure.
    Till now I was using http://www.tubeleecher.com

  11. davidsmora says:

    The need for online converting tools for many Internet users (including myself) is growing at a rapid pace. Fortunately, you offered some excellent sites where users can convert files effortlessly. My experience with online converting tools goes back a few years. In my previous job (I worked in a very media intensive department of a company), I was often asked to “find” ways to convert videos to and from a specific format. One day, I stumbled upon Media-convert. This website’s capabilities were impressive to me as well as my supervisors. However, as my use of this site progressed, some did my problems. As a result, I ended up searching for another online conversion tool. After a little bit of time, I hit a gold mine (I discovered Zamzar and http://www.mediaconverter.org).

    My first impression of Zamzar was pleasant. I agree that this site is very user-friendly and clean. Additionally, I was impressed by all the formats you could convert to and from. My only thing concern with Zamzar is its failure to provide an immediate link to the finished converted file. While some users may prefer to receive an email link to the converted file, I think this process could lead to a potential serious problem. Specifically, some email services may label Zamzar as spam and prevent users from directly receive these links. Until this problem has been resolved, I prefer to use Mediaconverter.org

    Mediaconverter.org is very similar to Zamzar and YouConvertIt. A user can elect to enter a link manually, upload a file directly or browse YouTube to convert video files. While this site is not nearly as extensive format wise (it is limited to video files) as Zamzar and YouConvertIt, it is ideal for what I typically need to convert. Another conversion tool I use is RealPlayer Media Converter. While this application is not site based, it is significantly quicker in capturing and converting online video and audio than these online sites. Again, this tool’s conversion capability is not nearly as extensive as Zamzar and YouConvertIt, but it works for me.

    Overall, online converting tools are extremely important to today’s Internet user. Educators and creative/entertainment workers can surely find these tools to be helpful and easy to use. While I may never convert files to every available format, I appreciate the capabilities of these converting tools.

  12. Kaylene says:

    I have wondered about conversion tools out there, so this post and the previous one which I also read, have been most helpful. I have not tried to do so yet, but I do have some things I would like to save in a different format. They were originally created on a 30-days-free download of a program and were saved specifically for a class, but now I would like to change them but no longer have the program.

    I am always leery of companies that want to nab my email address in some way, especially when they claim to only need it to send me the link to the conversion. I have a sneaky suspicion that this is one of the reasons I get so much junk mail. That’s why I keep a second email that I only use for sites like these so I am not bombarded with spam. Also, usually I am not interested in their newsletters, special offers or new products. You can’t get past the first page of youconvertit without putting in an email. I wanted to just get a look at how it works, but the site doesn’t offer such an option. Zamzar also offers you the option to pay to have an inbox, online storage and the capability to convert really huge files — 1 GB for the $49-a-month price. I can’t imagine having a file that large, but then, I remember when I never thought I’d need 1 GB of space for my whole computer!

  13. Donna Parker says:

    Oh, where were these free versions when I needed them. Yes, I’ll admit a couple of years ago, I really needed a converter for a project I was working and ended up buying a converter for about $35. After discovering some the free versions, I found they worked better than the one I had purchased. Needless to say, I deleted the one I purchased and have been using a free one. Zamar and YouConvertIt are wonderful conversion tools that need to be on the desktop of all instructors (or at least one of them anyway). It never ceases to amaze me why products are produced in so many versions and formats! Think about ink cartridges, media cards, video players, etc. With the ease of transferring media from (for example) your computer to your IPod, your converter is a must so that you can convert to the corresponding format. How many times have you tried to load a piece of clipart in your course management system for your online class to discover that it will not accept that format? (This really drives me crazy.) And now, with the tools available for instructors to create audio and/or video files easily and quickly for their classes, there is a higher demand of conversion tools. The last converter I used was YouConvertIt, and I was very pleased with its simplicity and quickness in converting files. I have used some converters in the past that were so very slow and time consuming…and, heaven forbid, that you try to work with another program while using the converter! YouConvertIt seems to have conquered this problem. Thanks for the tips and advice on converters.

  14. Dane Conrad says:

    I have used Zamzar.com for the last couple of years and have loved its features. In particular, I have repeatedly used its ability to convert video from one format to another depending on what I needed to play the video on – Apple, iPod, or Windows machine for example. I sometimes need to post the media in several different formats for people to choose from – Zamzar makes that offering so much easier.

    I showed our teachers how it might be used to include video from youtube.com. We have to block youtube.com in our district and I have teachers that periodically complained about it before I introduced them to youtube.com. After showing them how they could find a video on youtube.com, copy/paste the url into Zamzar’s site, and then get a link to the video file emailed to them. This enables them to still use the short video segments to supplement their lesson. It also teaches them the value of downloading video to their hard drive whenever possible in order to avoid dependence upon Internet service. Our Internet is rarely down due to some recent network upgrades; however, it is still a good habit to form when dealing with multimedia presentations using content from the Internet.

    It is nice to know that YouConvertIt also does many of the same functions as Zamzar in case Zamzar is unavailable or I need to convert units of measurement (though normally I just use the Google search box for measurement conversions.) Also, the lack of a file size limit is useful.

  15. 奕嬛 says:

    天阿~這二個工具也太方便了吧!以往的我總是在轉換檔案類型/格式的過程中苦惱不已,也總是遇到瓶頸,謝謝老師提供了這個消息,讓我順利的解決了問題!
    不需要花到半毛錢,不需要下載到電腦佔用空間,只要打開電子信箱就能夠提取新製成的檔案,真的很方便!
    而Zamzar和YouConvertIt兩相比較之下,我比較喜歡YouConvertIt,因為它沒有檔案大小的限制,亦有寄發到電子信箱&超連結二種方式,功能性較強。
    不論如何,我現在知道原來要把檔案轉換的步驟可以那麼的簡單且順利,迫不及待的想將它們介紹給親朋好友知道,把之前那些繁複的過程和輔助器材給丟到一旁吧!

  16. 奕嬛 says:

    天阿~這二個工具也太方便了吧!以往的我總是在轉換檔案類型/格式的過程中苦惱不已,也總是遇到瓶頸,謝謝老師提供了這個消息,讓我順利的解決了問題!
    不需要花到半毛錢,不需要下載到電腦佔用空間,只要打開電子信箱就能夠提取新製成的檔案,真的很方便!
    而Zamzar和YouConvertIt兩相比較之下,我比較喜歡YouConvertIt,因為它沒有檔案大小的限制,亦有寄發到電子信箱&超連結二種方式,功能性較強。
    不論如何,我現在知道原來要把檔案轉換的步驟可以那麼的簡單且順利,迫不及待的想將它們介紹給親朋好友知道,把之前那些繁複的過程和輔助器材給丟到一旁吧!

  17. Linda Wynn says:

    Obviously, with all of the technology available at one’s fingertips, or rather, all of the different types of technology available, conversion tools that are not more complicated and do not take longer than the creation of the original project are quite popular. I use a Macbook at home and Windows 7 at the office. I have experienced many frustrating, late night battles with formats and converting. Because of this article, hopefully I will never have that problem again. I had used zamzar before, but was not aware of youconvertit and I especially liked the way this article compared the features of each tool. Learning a support tool like this is as important as learning a project creating application. It would be a waste of time if you created a video or audio file and could only share it with a percentage of your intended target audience because of format restrictions. When I am looking at content on the internet that is offered for download, I prefer sites that offer format options for the convenience of not having to wait to save the content until I can access the appropriate machine. The whole purpose of Web 2.0 is sharing information. Why only share it in one format?

  18. jerry waese says:

    media-convert.com, sounds ideal for my purposes,
    which require that an AMR format audio recording on a blackberry shall be available to social media friends of the blackberry owner in either AMR or MP3.

    I would convert after uploading from the phone (by PHP) and manage the presence of both versions for participants in multimedia chat sessions.

    Unfortunately I cannot make media-convert.com work – did they go out of business? is there another facility which might serve?

    • Unfortunately, media-convert.com will no longer work. You may want to try another free online file converter service, online-convert.com [http://www4.online-convert.com/].

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