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Works as advertised...mostly
Authored by: vocaro on Sep 18, '06 01:13:52AM

I like this hint. It basically works, but note these caveats:

  1. My Real Player application bundle had 12 items, not 14 as the hint indicated.
  2. When I did the conversion of a RealVideo file, ffmpegX reported many duplicate frames.
  3. The audio track of the resulting movie file was slightly but annoyingly out of sync with the video. I believe the cause of this may be item 2 above.
  4. The hint doesn't mention what setting to use for the Target Format (in the Summary tab, not the Video tab). It looks like the default is DivX, which isn't playable in QuickTime (unless you install DivX). However, ffmpegX refused to convert the RealVideo file unless I set the target format to DivX.

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Works as advertised...mostly
Authored by: _iCeb0x_ on Oct 09, '06 05:46:44AM

I succeeded in getting an RMVB (Real Media Variable Bitrate) file converted to SVCD, but I had to tweak the settings a little: decode using mplayer (not QuickTime, which is the default) and encoding via mpeg2enc (not ffmpegx).

Still, I had the same problems... Audio was so annoyingly out-of-sync that the resulting video was "unwatchable".

It seems like it was some problem on mplayer detecting the frame rate of the source file: it said 23.000 fps, but VLC reported NTSC film frame rate (23.976 fps).

I'll have to make some more experiments.

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Works as advertised...mostly
Authored by: blgrace on Dec 04, '06 06:15:50PM
I couldn't get ffmpegx to work at all with RMVB files - dragging an RMVB file to it make it "sit and spin".
I eventually was able to encode the RMVB file using parts of [url=] This Hint [/url] and got pretty good results with no audio sync problems.

I compiled and installed MPlayer-1.0rc1 from source. Also installed rp9codecs-macosx - but noticed the Real Video codecs weren't in there - so I just copied the 14 files from this hint to /usr/local/lib/codecs / which is where Mplayer looks for them.
I configured Mplayer with the following command:
./configure --with-codecsdir=/usr/local/lib/codecs/
(not sure if that was needed - but did it because my previous Mac Ports install of Mplayer was compiled without Real Video and I have no clue how to edit Mac Ports config files)

Anyway - it worked and I was able to burn it to DVD ... the quality was limited to the original RMVB file - but it was watch-able

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