Commons uploads: Support automatic conversion of mp3 formats to free format
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Description

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.


Version: master
Severity: enhancement
See Also:
https://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/show_bug.cgi?id=43150

bzimport set Reference to bz43149.
Sj created this task.Dec 15 2012, 2:24 AM

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.

TMH issue. There are already open bugs for things like ALAC (bug 32104) but I don't see any MP3 one's.

Qgil added a comment.Apr 24 2013, 4:21 PM

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

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.

(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.

mdale wrote:

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 ...

Sj added a comment.Sep 25 2014, 8:37 PM

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.

Steinsplitter moved this task from Incoming to Uploading on the Commons board.Mar 11 2015, 12:55 PM
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