Saturday, April 21, 2007

Zamzar: a free online file conversion tool

Zamzar is a free online file conversion tool that allows you to convert Document, Image, Music and Video Formats without having to download any software. With this site you convert MS Office documents to PDF, or Open Office and MS Works documents to Word. So if a student sends you an assignment that you can't open you can convert it with this tool. You can also convert PowerPoint files into Flash movies.

The scary conversion is that you (and your students) can convert PDF files that shouldn't be editable to an editable Word, RTF or HTML document. See a list here.

This site also supports batching up several files to be converted at once.

Zamzar also has the ability to convert videos from sites like Google Video and YouTube.

The interface is super easy to use. First, you upload the file you want converted (or provide the URL), second, you select the format you want to convert it to and then you supply your email address where you will be notified when you can download the converted file. You can't convert files bigger than 100 MB and you have 24 hours to pickup your file.


5 comments:

RWC said...

Very cool - and incredibly handy... of course another alternative is to use OpenOffice.org... I have not come across a file format yet that I have been unable to open.

J said...

I tried to convert a teacher tube video (.flv) to insert into Powerpoint (.avi) Zamzar converts it, but Powerpoint won't accept it when I go to Insert, Movies from File. It wouldn't accept the newly converted .avi file. Any suggestions

J said...

I tried to convert a teacher tube video (.flv) to insert into Powerpoint (.avi) Zamzar converts it, but Powerpoint won't accept it when I go to Insert, Movies from File. It wouldn't accept the newly converted .avi file. Any suggestions

sean said...

An .AVI file would probably be a bad idea to use, a more reliable method would be a .mp4 or, evenb better, a wmv. AVI is a raw video format, and therefore the file sizes are quite big, whilst the other 2 have relatively small file sizes.

Andy Smith said...

Good post. Thanks for sharing!
I think zamzar.com, savevid, wantyoutube.com, and keepvid.com are all good choices for downloading a streamed video from YouTube.