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September 19, 2007 7:28 PM   Subscribe

You convert it.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane (25 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite

 
I can't.
posted by fourcheesemac at 7:31 PM on September 19, 2007


Coultr 2.0
posted by Poolio at 7:31 PM on September 19, 2007


There are a load of these sites that have been popping up over the last year. This is the first time I've seen this one, but it essentially does the same as the others.

The problem is, sites like this very quickly have their bandwidth flooded with all the massive files people are uploading to them, and quickly run out of resources to to the highly CPU-intensive re-encoding of video. They quickly slow to a crawl.

Then another new site, like this, comes along, and we can all hammer that for a few weeks until it dies as well.
posted by Jimbob at 7:33 PM on September 19, 2007


No, you!
posted by Mach5 at 7:33 PM on September 19, 2007 [1 favorite]


Also, what does it actually mean to convert an file to an "AVI", exactly? AVI's just a container format - I'm waiting to see what sort of video it decides to put in there.
posted by Jimbob at 7:34 PM on September 19, 2007


I uploaded my screenplay and selected to download an AVI file but it didn't seem to work. It downloaded "The ISland of Dr Moreau" instead.
posted by GuyZero at 7:35 PM on September 19, 2007 [2 favorites]


quickly run out of resources to to the highly CPU-intensive re-encoding of video

Well, to be fair, a quad-core costs about the same as a single-core processor cost a few years ago and video transcoding is probably the most easily parallelizable app out there. Plus you could, in theory, choke video uploads to limit the upload rate to the transcoding rate so that you're never technically backlogged.

But yeah, it's like offering a free house moving service and then getting called by a gravel quarry.
posted by GuyZero at 7:39 PM on September 19, 2007


Gee, the moment I uploaded the MeFi logo there were no longer any vector graphics options available. Imagine that.
posted by c0nsumer at 7:39 PM on September 19, 2007


But... but... I don't want to.

There is only one thing I want to do right now and it involves a martini.
posted by miss lynnster at 7:50 PM on September 19, 2007


Damn, it doesn't seem to load for me. And here I have this MS Publisher file that I'd love to convert into, well, anything that doesn't suck
posted by lekvar at 7:54 PM on September 19, 2007


I tried to convert my job to one that pays 54 times as much and requires me to fly first class between London, San Francisco, and Denpasar. No dice. Bad site.
posted by googly at 7:58 PM on September 19, 2007


miss lynnster: convert "units" will do it for you:

1 ounce [US, liquid] = 6 Teaspoon [US]
posted by bru at 8:00 PM on September 19, 2007


I uploaded my screenplay and selected to download an AVI file but it didn't seem to work. It downloaded "The ISland of Dr Moreau" instead.
posted by GuyZero at 7:35 PM on September 19 [+] [!]


All shitty screenplays are indiscernable from The Island of Dr. Moreau.

I kid!!
posted by basicchannel at 8:01 PM on September 19, 2007


"Hi, my name is Shlomo Goldfarb, and I'm here to speak to you about an amazing new product. This may come as a shock to you, but I wasn't always a devout Catholic..."
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 8:12 PM on September 19, 2007


I tried to convert my neighbor but there's no WWJD.
posted by Citizen Premier at 8:14 PM on September 19, 2007


I tried to convert to Christianity but it didn't seem to work.
posted by tighttrousers at 8:14 PM on September 19, 2007


Two minutes too late... damn.
posted by Citizen Premier at 8:15 PM on September 19, 2007


Also, I have software for that. It works real good like.
posted by fourcheesemac at 8:17 PM on September 19, 2007


I want them to convert it for me, I'd prefer not to convert it.
posted by 31d1 at 8:22 PM on September 19, 2007


This is much better than the previous conversion site I was using.
posted by Help, I can't stop talking! at 8:26 PM on September 19, 2007 [1 favorite]


29 miles/gallon(US) = 2900 gallons(US)/100 miles

That doesn’t seem right…
posted by ijoshua at 8:28 PM on September 19, 2007


The word "you" I know. The word "tit" I know. But that word in the middle, "conver," that's a new one.
posted by sourwookie at 9:43 PM on September 19, 2007


No option for epispasm. Flagged as crap.
posted by felix betachat at 10:18 PM on September 19, 2007


Hmmm...the site no-workee in Safari. WTF?
posted by Thorzdad at 5:34 AM on September 20, 2007


You know...google does this already.

Just type in (for example) "3 ounces in grams", and google spits out: 3 ounces = 85.0485694 grams. I use it all the time when I'm converting formulas to/from metric. It's fabulous.
posted by dejah420 at 6:59 AM on September 20, 2007


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