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MediaCrush 1.0.0

Share your media files online, for free

by Mike Williams

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Server, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 27 January 2014
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Downloads To Date: 179
Developer: MediaCrush
RSS News Feed: https://blog.mediacru.sh/feed.xml
Twitter Feed: https://twitter.com/mediacru_sh
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MediaCrush 1.0.0
Share your media files online, for free

MediaCrush is an interesting web service which allows you to host and share your media files for free.

Sharing images (PNG, JPG, GIF, SVG), videos (MP4, OGV) and music (MP3, OGG) is as easy as dragging and dropping those files onto the Windows client. The service accepts anything up to a maximum of 50MB, and once uploaded, allocates each file its own URL, like https://mediacru.sh/L7E6WPHT1SxR . Pass this to a friend and they'll be able to view images, play music, watch your videos or download any of your content with the MediaCrush web player.

The MediaCrush client also has a basic screen capture feature. Press Ctrl+PrtSc at any time, select a rectangular area you'd like to capture, and that image will be uploaded, ready for sharing with others.

One unusual plus here is that MediaCrush converts animated GIFs to MP4 videos, reducing their size so they load more quickly. These results can be dramatic, too. Our GIFCam-created animation dropped from 754KB to 209KB, and that was already well optimised: others may shrink by 90% or more.

Better still, the web player isn't surrounded by thousands of intrusive adverts: in fact, there aren't any at all. MediaCrush points out that there's no "nasty tracking code" on the site, and it doesn't store anything about you when you use the service. You can even check this for yourself, as it's totally open source.

There is a notable omission in the lack of any client history. If you close the MediaCrush program then any links you've created will be lost, perhaps a hassle if you won't want to use them until later (or you need to reuse the links several times).

Embedding music and videos is a little awkward, too, as you must use some custom IFrame code.

MediaCrush is a likeable service, though, ad-free and easy to use. If you only need to share one or two files on an occasional basis then it could work very well.

Verdict:

MediaCrush is a relatively basic media sharing service, but it's also free, easy to use and with no ads at all, which works for us. Definitely worth a try when you only need to share a few files.

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