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Bug 43149 - Commons uploads: Support automatic conversion of mp3 formats to free format
Commons uploads: Support automatic conversion of mp3 formats to free format
Status: NEW
Product: MediaWiki extensions
Classification: Unclassified
TimedMediaHandler (Other open bugs)
master
All All
: Low enhancement (vote)
: Future release
Assigned To: Michael Dale
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Depends on:
Blocks: 14373 commons multimedia
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Reported: 2012-12-15 02:24 UTC by SJ
Modified: 2014-09-25 20:37 UTC (History)
9 users (show)

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Description SJ 2012-12-15 02:24:49 UTC
Allow .mp3 uploads to Commons:  transparently convert to the preferred free media format and return that as the final file (and filename extension) on Commons.  (For bonus points: support conversion out of .wma as well)

This will add support for the vast majority of all music and audio files in existence, and will allow people who don't understand what "transcode" means from sharing free sounds with the world.
Comment 1 Dereckson 2012-12-15 02:39:33 UTC
Thank you for your suggestion.

Moving to MediaWiki product, as this is not related to the Commons configuration but to the files handling source code.
Comment 2 Bawolff (Brian Wolff) 2012-12-15 21:43:06 UTC
TMH issue. There are already open bugs for things like ALAC (bug 32104) but I don't see any MP3 one's.
Comment 3 Quim Gil 2013-04-24 16:21:07 UTC
Just a note to say that user Wywin as submitted a GSoC proposal related to this report:

https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/User:Wywin/mediaConvert
Comment 4 Matthew Flaschen 2014-07-19 00:39:31 UTC
Note that the Wikimedia Multimedia team started a community RFC, which decided that this would not be done for MP4 (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Requests_for_comment/MP4_Video).

MP3 is not the same format, but they are similar patent-wise.
Comment 5 Bawolff (Brian Wolff) 2014-07-19 01:16:30 UTC
(In reply to Matthew Flaschen from comment #4)
> Note that the Wikimedia Multimedia team started a community RFC, which
> decided that this would not be done for MP4
> (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Requests_for_comment/MP4_Video).
> 
> MP3 is not the same format, but they are similar patent-wise.

To be fair, the predominant result of the rfc was not to output mp4 formatted files. Ingest, then auto-convert and throw away the original is a little less clear cut, although possibly still against the rfc.
Comment 6 Michael Dale 2014-07-19 15:10:07 UTC
Current thinking is that mp3 patents will expire 2017:
http://www.osnews.com/story/24954/US_Patent_Expiration_for_MP3_MPEG-2_H_264/

So "just" 3 more years ...
Comment 7 SJ 2014-09-25 20:37:31 UTC
Thanks, Bawolff.  

(In reply to Bawolff (Brian Wolff) from comment #5)
 
> To be fair, the predominant result of the rfc was not to output mp4
> formatted files. Ingest, then auto-convert and throw away the original is a
> little less clear cut, although possibly still against the rfc.

A minority of participants in the rfc didn't want us to host proprietary files, or didn't want us to run transcoding software that required proprietary codecs, on WM servers.  

However passing a proprietary-format file to the Internet Archive, having them convert it, and uploading the resulting .ogg file seems amenable to all parties.

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