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Method for Converting a Multimedia File Format

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000117153D
Original Publication Date: 1996-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-31
Document File: 2 page(s) / 48K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Broussard, S: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Disclosed is the extension of the OS/2* Workplace Shell object model to add additional options to the context menu of supported audio and image file objects, so that the user can convert the format of data within a file to another type of the same class of data, such as audio or image, with the converted data being saved in another file. With this method, multimedia data file formats are converted directly by the operating system, without requiring the use of an external application.

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Method for Converting a Multimedia File Format

Disclosed is the extension of the OS/2* Workplace Shell object model to add additional options to the context menu of supported audio and image file objects, so that the user can convert the format of data within a file to another type of the same class of data, such as audio or image, with the converted data being saved in another file. With this method, multimedia data file formats are converted directly by the operating system, without requiring the use of an external application.

The Figure shows the Workplace Shell object context menu associated with a file determined by the operating system to contain audio or image data. The "Convert to" menu item has been added, providing an anchor point for a cascading menu listing possible target conversion formats for the file. This list is dependent upon the type of file and the formats supported by the particular configuration of the operating system. Further definition of a target conversion type as a more specific format is supported by another cascading list, which is presented to the user upon the selection, from the first cascading menu, of an item marked with a right-pointing arrow.

When a target format is selected, another window is opened, allowing the user to verify whether the conversion is to continue. When the conversion occurs, the data within the file is converted to the desired format, and is stored in a separate file, as the original file remains unchange...