WhatsApp vs. Telegram – Which Messenger App To Use

Instant messaging is, slowly, replacing not only calls and e-mails, but also the native text massaging ability of modern phones. And the choice you have nowadays is huge. Next to the top messengers provided, there are many apps that allow you to send messages to anyone that has the app installed as well and shared their contact data with you.

Excluding the messenger from Facebook, there are two big messenger apps, that compete for the user’s attention: WhatsApp & Telegram.

But which is the better app? Or rather: which app is better suited for YOU? We will compare them and help with the decision which one to use!


More about WhatsApp:



WhatsApp vs. Telegram

WhatsApp is still the uncrowned king of messenger apps, but that hasn’t saved it from being heavily criticized over the past years. It’s popularity sparked mostly due to the easy handling and by February 2016, WhatsApp announced that cracked the milestone of 1 Million users.

What concerns people the most about WhatsApp was when Facebook acquired the app for a high number of 16 Billion dollars. Since then, many users fear what happens with their contact data and the images and videos sent over the messenger.

Thus, the alternatives to this service had been on the rise. We will, in particular, have a look at the messenger that’s maybe its biggest rival: Telegram.


Data Overview

Following is an overview of some of the most important information about each messenger.

WhatsApp Telegram
Launch 2009 2013
Operating systems:
  • iOS
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Blackberry
  • WebApp
  • Windows
  • Mac OS
  • iOS
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • WebApp
  • Windows
  • Mac OS
End-to-end encryption: Yes Yes
Group chats:  Yes Yes
Also: public groups for up t0 1,000 people
File sending: Yes (up to 160 MB) Yes (up to 1.5 GB)
Other features:
  •  Video and voice calls
  • Message time stamps
  • Backups
  • Formatting of text
  •  Secret chats (automatic deletion)
  • Data saved on cloud for easy synchronization
  • Withdrawal of messages
  • Locking chats
  • Bots
  • Stickers


Concerns About The Messengers

As previously stated, WhatsApp is heavily criticized, especially after Facebook bought the service. The safety of personal data like contacts and phone numbers, images and other information from the messages is one of the main concerns. Data can be freely transferred from WhatsApp to Facebook and there had been many claims that these data are sold by Facebook to several third-party advertisers.

Telegram, however, isn’t free of criticism either. One target is the encryption, which is not open but proprietary. Furthermore, it is not really clear where the headquarter of Telegram really is, giving a maybe mysterious but also fishy touch to the messenger service.


Which One Should I Use?

If you want to…

  • talk to many people
    → WhatsApp
  • call people
    → WhatsApp
  • have chat backups
    → WhatsApp
  • share more and larger files
    → Telegram
  • extra-secure your messages
    → Telegram
  • synchronize across different devices
    → Telegram

To sum it up, Telegram is the far more feature-rich messenger with a great support for file-sharing. WhatsApp, on the other hand, has a far bigger user base and the ability of issuing calls.

Thus, if you like your messenger being versatile and use it for file sharing, you could choose Telegram. However, if you want to stay connected with the majority of your friends and be able to not only message, but also call them, WhatsApp should be your messenger of choice.

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Tips & Tricks You May Not Know About WhatsApp

Ever since WhatsApp was bought by Facebook – and also before – the messaging app has been regarded as a double-edged sword. While WhatsApp has many critics, there is still a multitude of people that use the messaging service to chat privately, across the company, or create group chats for their families.

Whatever your stand on WhatsApp may be, we have gathered a few helpful tips & tricks on how to use the service even better – for those that do.


What you need:

  • Your phone with WhatsApp installed
  • A working internet connection
  • A phone file browser
  • A browser of your choice


WhatsApp Tips & Tricks

Maybe you know the one or other of these tricks already, maybe all of them are new for you. Whatever may be the case, we have not only found these 12 tips for you, we also provide a little “How to” for each.

The tips will be structured as follows, so you can jump right to the section that interests you most:

  1. Messaging
  2. Group Chats & Multiple Recipients
  3. Privacy
  4. Account Management




Use Text Formatting In Your Messages

Text formatting is sometimes quite important to put emphasis on certain words or to convey a different meaning. WhatsApp does not provide a text editor and yet you can still apply basic formatting to your text without having to install any extra app!


How To Format Your Text

Simply use the following special characters around your text:

  • Bold: *Message*
  • Italic: _Message_
  • Strike-through: ~Message~


Share Your Location

In case you want to meet up with someone, sharing your location can be an easy way to let them know where you are. Instead of having to type an address that your contact would have to copy and paste into their navigation program, simply share your location and they can find you.


How To Send Your Location

  1. Open a chat
  2. Click on the paperclip icon
  3. Choose “Location”


Disable Automatic Saving of Images & Videos

Usually, WhatsApp saves all images and videos you receive in your gallery. This can be annoying or unpleasant for several reasons. Whatever they may be, you can prevent WhatsApp from automatically saving media in your phone’s gallery.


How To Disable Automatic Saving Of Media


  1. Go to Privacy > Images in the iOS menu
  2. Disable the automatic saving for the WhatsApp application


  1. Open your file browser
  2. Go to WhatsApp > Media
  3. In this folder, create a new file with the name “.nomedia”


Open & Answer Messages From Your Lock Screen

A quite convenient trick for people that are not afraid to openly show received messages on their lock screen is to enable reading and answering messages from the lock screen directly. That way, you don’t have to unlock your phone for a quick reply.


How To Read Messages From The Lock Screen

  1. Go to Settings > Notifications > Popup notifications
  2. Choose when you want to display popup notifications


Save Voice Messages

There is also an easy and fast way to download and save voice messages from your WhatsApp chats. Unlike written messages, they can not be preserved using a screenshot or saving a text backup of your chat history.

This tutorial explains how you can easily download and save WhatsApp voice messages.



Group Chats & Multiple Recipients

Mute Group Chats

Group chats are a great possibility to stay connected with a large group of friends, colleagues, team mates or family. However, many group chats tend to become very active over time and the constant popping up of notifications and sounds can become very annoying.

Luckily, you can mute group chats while either keeping notifications on, or even disabling the notifications as well. You have the option to mute the chat either for 8 hours (perfect for when you are at work or school), 1 week or 1 year. But of course you can un-mute the chat any time again.


How To Mute Group Chats

  1. Open the group chat you want to mute
  2. Click on the menu icon on the top right (three dots )
  3. Choose “Mute”
  4. Choose either 8 hours, 1 week or 1 year
  5. Optionally, you can choose whether to show notifications or not


Send One Message To Several People

Like in a group chat? No, that’s exactly the point. Sometimes, you want to send the same message to several people without them knowing that the other got the message as well. This is possible in WhatsApp by using so-called broadcasts.

The broadcast allows you to select a number of your contacts (only requirement is that you need their number saved in your phone) to send them one message at once without creating a group chat. Answers will then pop up in individual chats as well.


How To Send A Broadcast

  1. Open the main menu of WhatsApp
  2. Choose “New broadcast”
  3. Select the people you want to message and confirm
  4. Now you can type or record your message




Disable Blue Check Marks

Underneath your messages, WhatsApp provides a number of small symbols. They can be found right next to the timestamp of the message and they all mean different things:

  • Message sent
  •  Message delivered
  •  Message read

Sometimes, it is convenient to know that someone has read your message. That way, you know they are aware of a cancelled date or updated location, or you simply know they are okay and able to access their phone.

However, some people can get pretty annoying or downright angry when you do not respond to a message asap. An answer that takes more than five minutes after the blue check marks appear is regarded as offensive, almost. Luckily, you can easily disable showing the status of your message to your contacts!

Note: If you disable the read receipts, you will not be able to see other people’s message statuses anymore either!


How To Disable The “Read” Status

  1. Go to Settings > Account > Privacy
  2. Turn of “Read receipts”


Disable “Last Seen” Status

Similar to the blue check marks, you can also hide the information when you have last been online. While you will still be marked as being currently online to your contacts when you actually are, it will prevent them from seeing the timestamp from when you have last been online.

Note: Disabling this will also prevent you from seeing the “last seen” status of your contacts.


How To Disable The “Last Seen” Status

  1. Go to Settings > Account > Privacy
  2. Set “Last Seen” to “Nobody”




Create Backups

Especially when you plan on getting a new phone, it’s advised to create a backup of your chat history. That way, you can use your backup on your new phone by using the same SD card. Of course you can also save the history of single chats and send them to yourself or someone else via e-mail.

These things are handled differently, depending on your device.


How To Create Chat Backups


  1. First, activate iCloud Drive under iPhone Settings > iCloud > iCloud Drive
  2. Start your backup under WhatsApp > Settings > Chat Backup
  3. Here, you can also set in which intervals you’d like your phone to make an automatic backup of your chat history


  1. Go to Settings > Chats > Chat backup
  2. There, you will see the last backup made, you can start a manual backup or change the settings of an automatic backup on Google Drive
  3. To e-mail a chat history, go to Settings > Chats > Chat history
  4. Choose “Email chat”
  5. Choose the chat you want to send


Account Management


Change Phone Number

Just because you get a new number doesn’t mean you have to set up WhatsApp anew. There is no need to create a new account because you can simply transfer your existing account to the new phone number.

Note: If you change both your phone and your number, use your old phone to change the number into your new one first. Then you can install WhatsApp on your new phone.


How To Change To My New Number

  1. Go to Settings > Account > Change number
  2. Read the information and proceed
  3. Enter your old and your new number


Use WhatsApp On Your Computer

WhatsApp Web enables you to use the messenger app from your desktop computer, laptop or even tablet without installing the app. This is possible if you are using the Firefix, Opera or Google Chrome browser. With the help of a QR code, your chats and contacts can be used via webclient.

How to set up WhatsApp Web and everything else you need to know about that can be found in this tutorial.

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Translate Foreign Documents & Letters

Living abroad, in a country where you don’t speak the language, comes with many difficulties. One of those is certainly official correspondence since the public authorities tend to operate in the native language of the country. Only in very rare cases, you will get notifications, invoices and other official mail in English. In most cases, the documents arrive in the native language of the country and now you have to make sense of it.

Following, you will find a tutorial that will help you do exactly this. Make the process of understanding foreign forms and letters easier by translating them online. And yes, this works with any physical mail you got as well!


What you need:


Translate Foreign Documents Online

As you have seen above, we suggest using Google Translate for translating your foreign documents. Of course you can use another online translation tool as we understand that some people do not completely trust Google Translate when it comes to (syntactically) correct translations. However, to get a first idea what your document or form is about, this kind of translation is more than enough.

Furthermore, you do not need to install anything else. The conversion service of online-convert.com only requires you to download your converted text file. This means you can easily do this from your smartphone or a tablet!



How To Translate Your Documents

Let’s jump right into how to get your documents translated into your native language or language of choice!


1. Make a digital copy

There are two ways to do that. The easiest way is to scan the document and receive a PDF document with the scanned content. Since many people don’t have a scanner, however, you can also use your digital camera or smartphone to take a picture of the document.

It doesn’t matter if the digital copy of your document is an image like JPG or PNG, or a PDF.


2. Convert your scan or image to text

Now that you have your digital copy, you need to extract the text. This can easily be done with the Online-Convert.com document converter and the OCR function available under “Optional settings”.


2.1 Go to document.online-convert.com/convert-to-doc

Of course you can choose another document converter, for example the ODT converter for OpenOffice or LibreOffice documents.

If you are working from a mobile phone, we suggest converting to TXT instead. Most phones have an app installed that will allow you to open and view TXT files. And if not, you can open the file using Google Drive which also allows you to copy the text out of the document.


2.2 Upload your scan or image and check the box next to “Use OCR”

This will make sure that the document you will receive will not just contain the image you uploaded or an image of the scan. It will extract the text visible on the image.


2.3. Click on “Convert file”

It will take a little while until your document is ready for download.


3. Check the new document

While the OCR function is very good, it’s outcome always depends on the quality of your scan or image. Open the document and compare it to the original. It might be that you have to improve or copy some words from the original into your new document.


4. Translate your new text

Now, head over to Google Translate and copy & paste your new text into the left field. You can either set the language, or trust google and use the “Detect language”option. As a target, choose your native language or English. Then, let Google do the work for you.

Google Translate translations are not perfect, but they still serve the purpose of understanding the mail you got.


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WhatsApp Web – How To Use WhatsApp On Your Computer

WhatsApp is probably the number one messaging service for smartphones! Messages, voice messages, calls and even video calls are no problem with this popular mobile app! It is available for not only Android, iOS and Windows phone, but even for the Blackberry and the Nokia S60!

It’s safe to say that WhatsApp has revolutionized the conversations we have using our phones and many messengers tried and still try to reach the fame and popularity of WhatsApp. But you can use WhatsApp from your desktop computer or tablet as well!



In this article, we will have a look at how you can use WhatsApp from your computer and what else there is to know about the web application of the messenger!


What you need:

  • Your phone with WhatsApp installed
  • A working internet connection
  • A browser of your choice (e.g. Firefox or Google Chrome)


How To Use WhatsApp Web

If you want to send long texts, you may prefer typing them on a keyboard rather than your phone’s touch screen. Or maybe you want to send some photos and pictures you have on your computer and transferring them to your phone is an unnecessary step.

WhatsApp Web makes all of this possible – and we will guide you through setting up the WhatsApp Web app on your computer.


1. Go To web.whatsapp.com

Under the URL https://web.whatsapp.com, you will find the web app for WhatsApp. The screen will look somewhat like the one on the right.

This is the window where your WhatsApp messenger will appear. However, before you can start typing, you have to connect your phone with the page. For this, you are provided with a QR Code.


2. Open WhatsApp On Your Phone

Depending on your phone, you can access the web app on different ways. They are all explained on the web.whatsapp.com page as well, underneath the QR code.

For our tutorial, we are using an Android phone, hence why he went to:

WhatsApp > Menu > WhatsApp Web

If you are using  WhatsApp Web for the first time, a scanner will appear with which you can scan the QR code on your computer screen. If you have used WhatsApp Web before and on different computers, you will be able to choose a previous connection.


3. Start Writing

Your computer should now be connected to WhatsApp via your phone. Your latest chats will show up on the left and once you clicked on one, the conversation will open on the right.

The web application is able to do the same things as the mobile app as well. You can:

  • select messages
  • star them
  • forward them
  • view contact info
  • manage group chats
  • send images, videos and other files
  • download images
  • mute chats
  • start a new chat
  • search

And so on and so forth.

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More Than Conversion – More Online-Convert.com Functions

Online-Convert.com is known as a reliable and very versatile online file conversion service. No matter if you need to convert a PDF to Word or a camera RAW image to JPG, you can trust in this online converter tool to get the job done.

But there is more that Online-Convert.com can do for you. Lets have a look at all the different features you can use next to file conversion!


More Than Conversions!

1. List Of File Formats

Next to conversion, Online-Convert.com also provides a lot information. One of these informative contents is the huge list of file formats.

Even people that are not as tech-savvy are familiar with the most common file formats like JPG, PDF or MP3. They are used almost daily, supported across all platforms and a deeper knowledge of their specifications is not needed. Of course they can be found in the file list as well, but more importantly, it features less common and rare files that you may come across nevertheless.

The files are sorted in different categories, representing the file type (e.g. Audio, Archive, Raster Image, Video, …).

Thus, if you need any information about unknown files, how to open them, what programs and systems support them, you can refer to this list. Plus: it’s still growing!


2. Hash & Checksum Generation

Generating a hash or checksum is not directly a conversion, but it is offered with all the other converters as well.

You can choose from many different algorithms to create or generate checksums and hashes. E.g. Adler32, Haval-128, SHA oder Tiger.

Additionally, we have published quite a few blog articles that should answer all your questions about hash generation or about creating a checksum from a file. Check them out here:


3. File Conversion API

Having an online file conversion service is nice, but did you know that you can offer it to your clients and users as well? With the very versatile, fast and reliable API of online-Convert.com you can implement conversion and basic file editing into your (web) application.

In order to do so, we have provided interested developers with a lot of information and tutorials. Check them out here:


4. Basic File Editing

While using the conversion service, you can also edit your videos, images and PDF files in several, basic ways. The video and image editing is quite straight forward, using the optional settings listed in the converter. In order to edit PDFs, however, you have to use the API I mentioned under 3.

In these blog articles, we have looked at all the basic editing functions in detail. Check out how you can edit your image or video files:

Furthermore, you can check out the tutorials on how to edit PDFs in the Overview of API tutorials. But how can you edit PDFs even? Let me tell you:

  • Split & Merge PDFs
  • Password Protect PDF
  • Sort, Delete & Rotate PDF Pages
  • Resize & Compress PDFs


5. Blog

Like the big file list, the online-convert.com blog is a source of information spanning over different topics. They include:

  • File Conversion
  • Tutorials
  • Web Resources
  • Internet Security

… and more.

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Turn An Animated GIF Into A Video [Tutorial]

Animated GIF To Video

That we can turn short snippets of movies and video clips to animated GIF is a known fact. If you want to know hos this works, check out our movie to animated GIF tutorial!

Today, however, we want to talk about the reverse of this. Animated GIFs can be turned (back) into video clips as well. Let us first have a look at why you’d want to do that and then jump right into the tutorial.


What you need:


Turn An Animated GIF Into A Video


Why would I want this?

One of the main and probably most crucial reasons is that many social sharing sites do not support animated GIFs. And if, they only allow uploads of a certain file size.

Instagram and Facebook, for example, do not support animated GIFs to be shown. You can upload them, but all you will see is the first frame, no animation. Social blogging sites like Tumblr have a restriction in both image dimension and file size when it comes to uploading animated GIFs. Files over 1 MB or larger than a height or width of 500 px can not be uploaded. Or they also show up as still images.

Read more about how to upload animated GIFs on Instagram.

In order to still share your favorite animated GIF, you can easily convert it to video. Video clips are supported by most if not all social media platforms. Thus, the format provides a great way to share your animated GIF.


The Tutorial

Whether you need your GIF converted for the reasons mentioned above or your own personal needs, let’s have a look at how this is done. Just two more things I want to add before we start.

  • The conversion is an online service. That means that you won’t have to download or install anything. Perfect for mobile usage.
  • For smaller files (100 MB and smaller), this service is completely for free!


Now, lets start!

  1. Go to video.online-convert.com/convert-to-mp4.
    Of course you could also choose another video converter, however MP4 is the one format supported by the most platforms, websites and players.
  2. Upload the animated GIF you want to convert. We used an atmospheric GIF of the irish countryside from Giphy.
    There are three ways to do so: Upload from your hard drive, entering a link and uploading it from Google Drive or Dropbox
  3. Click on “Convert File” at the bottom of the form.
  4. After a little while you will be redirected to the download page.
    The download of your video will start automatically. Depending on your browser and setting, it will immediately download it or ask you for permission and a download location.

Now you have it, your video-turned GIF! This short video clip can now be uploaded to Facebook, Instagram or any other page that did not support your GIF before. And, of course, you can use it for other purposes as well now. Our video can be watched above. Coincidentally, the GIF was too big to upload. 😅

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Online-Convert.com API Tutorials [OVERVIEW]


Online-Convert.com provides a reliable, fast and accurate online service for all your file conversion needs. On our website, you can convert many different files of different types to more common formats.

The website is easy to handle and accessible from everywhere with a device that has internet access. But that is not all! Online-Convert.com also provides a powerful API that allows you to include file conversion in your own projects and applications. To demonstrate what our API can do and to help you to find your way through the process, we have created many tutorials that show you, how to use our API.


Thus, following you find a masterlist of tutorials from Online-Convert.com that treat the usage of our API.


How To Use The Online-Convert.com API

Before we list all the different video and blog tutorials we have made, you sure want to know more about our API in general. Here’s a quick summary of what you need to know about the API:


• What does it do?
With the API, you can convert different files (video, audio, document, image, ebook and more) into other, more common formats. Cross-conversion, aka conversion from one file type to another, is also possible (e.g. from video to audio).

• What do I need to use the API?
For the free version of the API as well as the professional paid version, you need a personal API key. You can get it via registering for a free account on Online-Convert.com.

• What can I do with the free API?
When using the free API, compared to the paid one, you have a few limitations. The amount of conversion minutes available for the free usage are 30 conversion minutes per 24 hours. Furthermore, only files with a size up to 100 MB can be uploaded.

• What about the paid API?
The paid version of our API is not limited with the aforementioned restrictions. Payment is made upfront and you can decide how many conversion minutes you want to purchase. Files we can not process and therefore not convert will not be charged. Invoice payment is also possible.


For more detailed explanations, information and the exact prices, you can have a look at our API documentation:


API Tutorials

With all these information in mind, lets have a look at the tutorials that will show you how to use the Online-Convert.com API. For all of these, you will need a Google Chrome app called Postman. It is cost-free and the perfect tool to test our API and create your first API calls. You can find it here.

You can now use Postman even when you are not using Google Chrome. Head over to GetPostman.com and grab the software app for your operating system. It is available for Mac OS, Windows (x32, x64) and Linux (x32, x64).

If you are just starting out with using APIs and need some guidance on the basic commands and the handling of Postman, you should have a look at the introductory first. In the following blog tutorial, you can learn how to use the app to make easy API calls, as well as find a link to a collection file you will need:

We also have an introductory video tutorial to Postman and the first steps with our API. You can find it on YouTube together with other tutorials of Online-Convert.com or by following this link:


Batch Conversion

Something that our webservice does not offer is batch conversion. In order to convert several files, you have to open the converters you want to use in different tabs. The API, however, supports the conversion of several files at the same time, either to the same or multiple target formats. How this is done is explained in this tutorial:

Of course we also created a video tutorial for this. Check it out on YouTube:


Video Editing Via API

There are several ways to edit a video using not only the Online-Convert website, but also the API. Cropping and cutting, changing audio and video codecs, changing aspect ratio, removing audio and even more is possible with the API.

The following tutorials contain all needed information and code necessary for video editing:


PDF Editing Via API

Another feature that the web-service isn’t able to offer is the editing of PDFs. Combining PDFs into one document or adding password protection to your document is made easy with our API. You can edit any file you upload as long as the format you convert it to is an Adobe PDF.

These tutorials explain how you can edit your PDF documents using our API:


Extract Metadata From Files Via API

Files, no matter if they are documents or audio files, images or videos, contain hidden data that can not be seen when opening it. Using our API, you can extract these information in an easy to read JSON file. The file can be open in any word processing software to reveal hidden metadata.

  • Extract Metadata From Files

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What’s The Difference Between Baud Rate And Bitrate?

Baud Rate
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When talking about video and audio conversion, we have oftentimes stumbled across the mention of bitrate. It plays a big role in the quality of audio or video files and the compression of both respectively.

Does Bit Rate Matter? Test Yourself With These Audio Samples!

However, when you try to read up on different rates, you may have also stumbled upon a similar term: baud rate.


In order for you not to confuse these two, lets have a look at the differences between baud rate and bitrate.


The Difference Between Baud Rate And Bitrate

Formerly, both terms had actually been used interchangeably. At that time, data transmitted was measured both in symbols and bits where one symbol could only contain one bit. Nowadays, however, there has to be a distinction made between the two since symbols can contain more than one bit.

In short, using the terms from above, bitrate and baud rate can be differentiated as such:

  • Bitrate: measures number of transmitted bits
  • Baud rate: measures number of transmitted symbols


Hence, while bitrate and baud rate could be used interchangeably in the past due to their same size, they can differ in size by now. The bitrate, depending on the number of bits contained in a symbol, can thus be higher than the baud rate.


Another factor that differentiates those two is the limitations. Both are limited by the bandwidth available for the transmission. This maximal bandwidth depends on the media being used. However, since the bitrate can surpass the baud rate, it can still be higher than the maximal baud rate for the available bandwidth. The bit rate can thus be increased without having to increase either baud rate or bandwidth.



Function Unit Size
Bitrate measures number of bits transmitted per second bit(s) can be higher than baud rate and bandwidth
Baud rate measures the number of symbols transmitted per second symbol(s) containing one or more bits is limited by bandwidth

The Perfect Format To Embedded Videos On A Website

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Embedding videos into a website is common practice for many different purposes. Online shops show a more detailed view or usage video for their products. Gurus from different areas present their how-to videos on their webpages. And some companies simply want to incorporate a small company portrait or introduction on their website.

As diverse as the purposes are the ways to embedd a video on your homepage. And for the different ways, you need different video formats. Read more to find out how you can easily get the video in the format you need with the help of Online-Convert.com.


Video Formats For Embedding Videos On Websites

Following, we will have a quick look at the most common way(s) to embed a video on your homepage. Note that we will only look at ways that embed a video that you host on your own server. Embedding YouTube videos will not be discussed here.


Ways To Embed A Video

Most online sources will advice you to use either the <video>, <object> or <embed> tag. We will not make any comments about which method is the best or, even more important, the best suited for you. This is something you have to decide for yourself based on your needs and the browsers and versions you want to support.

Following is an example how the embedding of a video using the <video> tag may look like:

<video id="0" width="800px" height="450px" controls>
 <source src="/video/video.mp4" type="video/mp4">
<source src="/video/video.ogv" type="video/ogg" codecs="theora, vorbis">
<source src="/video/video.webm" type="video/webm">
<p>If you can't view this video, your browser does not support HTML5 videos.</p>

As you can see, the code contains the same video, but in different formats. This is to provide the maximum browser support possible. For example, both Internet Explorer and Safari do not suppport WEBM or OGV videos.

Using the <object> tag, other video formats such as WMV can be embedded as well.


Concluding, which formats do you need your video to be in for it to be supported in as many browsers as possible?

  • MP4
  • WEBM
  • (WMV)


Convert Your Video Into The Format You Need

That doesn’t mean that you have to save your video in all these different formats though. In case you got the video from a professional or someone’s camera, you only have it available in one format. Depending on the camera and video editing software, this can be either MOV, WMV, MP4 or another video format.

And they can all be easily converted in the formats you need using an online video converter.


1. Go to http://online-convert.com and choose the video converter you need:

2. Upload your video via the “Upload file” button, from Dropbox or Google Drive, or via a URL


3. Click on “Convert File”. Depending on the size of your video, this may take a while. On the next page, you can download your video (in Chrome the download may start automatically).

4. Embed your video on your homepage!


Further links:

How To Upload Animated GIFs to Instagram

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Instagram is the perfect way to share images and videos with your followers and the world. The focus is on the image, with the text being merely complimentary to the visuals. There are so many ways to draw attention to your pictures, with filters, editing, and Instagram stories allowing you to draw and write on images.

Yet, have you ever tried to upload an animated GIF to Instagram?

If you did, you have surely noticed that it will not be animated. Instead, there will only be a static image of the first frame. What if we tell you that you can upload animated GIFs to Instagram though – with a little trick!

Read also: Save Photos & Videos From Instagram


Upload Animated GIFs To Instagram

Of course, Instagram is mainly used to share images and videos of yourself, of your daily life. However, it is also used to share images you found on the internet for example. So far, there had been no real way to share animated GIFs with someone since Instagram only posts a static image of the animation.

The tutorial below will show you a little trick on how you can still post your favorite animated GIF on Instagram!


1. Get The Link Of Your GIF

We bet that you have your own sources for amazing, funny or even calming animated GIFs. No matter if you found it on tumblr, google, 9gag or giphy – what you need is the link to the GIF image. On giphy.com, for example, you can find the link underneath the GIF under the “Advanced” tab.

Copy the link to the clipboard.



2. Go To Online-Convert.com

Online-Convert.com is a free online file conversion service and we’re going to use it for our GIF. The page is optimized for mobile usage, so don’t worry about having to use a computer.

However, instead of going to the image converters there, go to the video converters. There, choose MP4 as the target file format.


3. Convert Your GIF To Video

There, you can paste the GIF link from your clipboard into the URL field. Of course you can also upload a GIF if you saved it on your device or upload it from Dropbox or Google.

You can ignore all the optional settings and click on “Convert file”.



4. Receive Your Video

After a short wait, the service will successfully have turned your animated GIF into a video. Download it to your device. To do so on an iPhone or other iOS device, you might have to use Dropbox or iTunes for that.


5. Upload The New Video To Instagram

Open your Instagram app. Now, all you have to do is choose the video from your gallery, edit it, add a description and upload it to your profile.