A complete new media converter for shopmaker.com

We just finished our rewrite of the media converter for shopmaker.com. Here are some technical details for the geeks 😉

  • We kicked the complete Mplayer / MEncoder stuff in favor of FFmpeg since FFmpeg is able to support even more codecs.
  • Also the imageset converter has been overhauled. It should be less error prone now since it is ok to have folders and other non-jpg files in the zip file. It will skip them automatically. One thing we want to mention here: From now on we only allow jpgs in the zip file, all other formats like png, gif or bmp will be ignored. Since everybody uses jpg right now, this should be not really a big concern.
  • We distributed all media. You can notice your media is now served from files0.shopmaker.com and files1.shopmaker.com. These are so called Content delivery networks. This are two brand new servers with a lot of space available. Dealing with CDNs we will be able to scale up even more easy because we can add more servers in a very simple way.
  • Of course we kicked a lot of old legacy code, and rewrote even more code inside the application.

Of course we could not test all of these changes locally on our development machines, so we had to do some tests on the live servers. We made sure your clients were able to download all the time!
Nevertheless some merchants noticed errors creating previews in the merchant interface, so we want to apologize for any inconvenience that may have occured. Please report any issues you encounter to our team!