Help:Media

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In addition to images, the Constructed Worlds Wiki has the ability to upload media files of the following types:

Wikipedia and other MediaWiki wikis allow these formats because they are either royalty-free and open or because their patent has expired (as is the case with MP3). OGA and OGV files are generally preferred, but if a file has already been uploaded in another format, there is no need to convert and re-upload it since that only takes up more storage space on the server. Files uploaded with a ".ogg" extension should be moved to either ".oga" or ".ogv" (depending if it is an audio or video file, respectively). YouTube videos can also be embedded into the wiki using {{Code|<youtube>...</youtube>}} tags.

Acceptable content[edit source]

Copyrighted material and other licensed media should be sourced correctly. Please use fair use to the best of your ability; this is not a website to host content illegally.

Uploading and embedding[edit source]

Error missing media source
Example of the Ogg video.

As with images, media files are uploaded using the upload file page. Embedding and linking are done as follows:

  • [[File:Audio.ogg]] to embed the file
  • [[:File:Audio.ogg]] to link to the file's wiki page
  • [[Media:Audio.ogg]] to link directly to the file itself

The {{media table}} template is an alternative to the traditional floating element and is used to display an organized list of audio/video files. The table organizes information about each file and makes it easy for the user to play or download them.

The {{multiframe}} and {{multiple image}} templates can also be used, but it isn't recommended.

Converters[edit source]

If the output is Ogg, you can change the extension without changing the file contents and without upload errors.

There are various file converters that can be used to prepare media files for upload to the wiki. Note that some of these converters will output Ogg regardless of Theora/Theora+Vorbis (OGV) or Vorbis only (OGA) content. This is fine because changing the extension does not change file contents nor will it cause errors. Ways to change the extension before uploading include (but are not limited to):

  • Creating a red link to the file, then uploading it from there.
  • Special:Upload, when specifying the file name.
  • Windows Explorer, or any equivalent file manager.

If a file with the OGG extension is uploaded anyways, the file can still be moved without errors.

Audacity[edit source]

Audacity is a stable, popular, open-source audio-editing program that can open and export a variety of files, including the Ogg Vorbis file. It is the recommended program for any audio conversion since it can convert into any format at any size, for free. There may be some plugins required for encoding several formats, such as for MP3, and there may be commercial audio-editing programs that can do a similar job (such as GoldWave), but when it comes to audio conversion, Audacity is the recommended choice.

Convertfiles.com[edit source]

Uploading in progress.
Convertfiles.com provides free online conversion of files from and to most of the file types, including archive, document, presentation, e-book, drawing, image, audio, and video files. The audio files can be converted to Vorbis, which later would be uploaded to the wiki.

Online-convert.com[edit source]

Online-convert.com displaying the upload page.
Online-convert.com is another online converter, but has more file types to choose. The audio files can be converted into Ogg Vorbis (.oga) on this page, and video files can be converted into Ogg Theora-Vorbis (.ogv) on this page. The converter is also limited to 100 Megabytes per file, which is five times lower than Convertfiles.com. To bypass this, try converting the file to FLV and then to Ogg.

External help[edit source]

Since the functions are an exact copy of W's functions, please see W's media help page for more information.