Archive for December, 2009

DivX or Xvid? Decide!

December 15, 2009

DivX and Xvid video formats can now be converted by fileminx!

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The overworked souls at fileminx towers have pressed their blistered noses to the grindstone once more and conjured up yet more brilliant file converting wizardry. They sound similar, but what exactly are DivX and Xvid?

DivX is a video codec created by DivX Inc based on MPEG-4. It has grown in popularity in recent years for sending long videos over the internet due to its advertised high compression ratio. They state that DVD-quality video and audio can be compressed typically 7-10 times further than standard DVD (MPEG-2) technology. Being unbiased sorts at fileminx, we couldn’t possibly comment but it has been noticed during testing that file sizes for divx do tend to be a tad smaller than similar formats. Video with the DivX codec can only be played using the DivX player or plugin.

Xvid on the other hand (or possibly the same hand depending on the way you look at it) is basically like an open source version of DivX. Indeed, “Xvid” is “DivX” spelled backwards – demonstrating the two offerings’ similar roots. Again based on MPEG-4 encoding, Xvid advocates state very high compression ratios while maintaining high quality video. Xvid encoded video requires a plugin or third party app to play. But bizarrely, due to patent concerns, you cannot download such a plugin directly from the Xvid website.

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The Big Picture

December 10, 2009

Fileminx version 1.1 is now featured on CNET Download.com, under the new(ish) Webware section!

The busy bees at fileminx towers have been beavering away with the new version and among many other delights includes conversion for a whole range of image formats including:
BMP, GIF, ICO, JPEG, JPG, PCX, PIC, PICT, PNG, PSD, SUN, TGA, TIF, TIFF and WMF.

So if you’re having problems with that tricky PSD (Photoshop) image that someone mailed to you because you don’t have Photoshop, then you can whack it into fileminx and it will give it back as something more useful, like a JPEG. Brilliant!

Music files seem to be particularly popular at the moment with a large number of visitors to the site doing M4A to MP3 conversion. Obviously there are a lot of folk out there wanting to play iTunes tracks on something other than iPods!

Brave New MP3.. or WMV.. or FLAC.. or….

December 9, 2009

Welcome to the official blog of fileminx.com, which is a completely free web application providing file conversion for lots of different types of computer files. You don’t need to install any software to use it, there is no registration and you don’t need to provide an email address.

Our mission is to empower everyone to access any file regardless of whatever device or application it was originally created on or for.

We live in a world with thousands of different gadgets, devices, computer systems and applications. The problem is that they sometimes don’t like talking to each other – your mobile phone doesn’t understand a particular music file that you transferred over from your PC, your shiny new video camera produces video files that are unintelligible to your friend’s Mac or you can’t open that new Word 2007 document attached to an email because you’re still on Word 2003.

In order to make these essential bits of technology a bit more sociable, fileminx converts files quickly and in three simple steps:

  1. Browse for the file that you want to convert.
  2. Choose the file format that you want to convert your file to.
  3. Download the new file from the link provided once fileminx has completed the conversion.

Simple dimple really.

Fileminx went “live” in October 2009, initially offering conversion for video and music files up to 50 MB in size.

The convertible file types are as follows:

Music:
AAC, AIF, AIFF, AU, FLAC, iPhone Ringtone, iPod Music, MP2, MP3, OGG, RA, SND, VOC, WAV, WMA

Video:
3G2, 3GP, ASF, AVI, DVD, Flash Video, GIF Animation, iPod Video, MOV, MP4, MPEG, MPG, PSP Video, RM, WMV

The fileminx blog will keep you up-to-date with the latest developments, updates and lots of other fun stuff from the wacky world of file conversion! Cheers!