I asked before about wma to wav, I'm back with a new dilemma, which I think will be more difficult. I want to convert .ram files I find on the net (an internet talk show) and convert them to mp3 for my mp3 player. I imagine this is difficult, I know of nothing that decodes .ram files. I doubt many things do considering that it is not an open codec. But perhaps something can decode the .ram files?
Anybody have any experience with this?
mplayer can decode them and dump output to a wav from which you can re-encode to mp3.
im not sure of the specific option, take a look in the man page, it might be -dump or -ao or something.
Mplayer can decode them? Mplayer is unable to play mine... I get this:
MPlayer 1.0pre7-3.4.3 (C) 2000-2005 MPlayer Team
CPU: Intel (Family: 8, Stepping: 7)
Detected cache-line size is 64 bytes
CPUflags: MMX: 1 MMX2: 1 3DNow: 0 3DNow2: 0 SSE: 1 SSE2: 1
Compiled with runtime CPU detection - WARNING - this is not optimal!
To get best performance, recompile MPlayer with --disable-runtime-cpudetection.
Failed to open /dev/rtc: No such file or directory (it should be readable by the user.)
Win32 LoadLibrary failed to load: avisynth.dll, /usr/lib/win32/avisynth.dll, /usr/local/lib/win32/avisynth.dll
Exiting... (End of file)
I do not have a /dev/rtc but that doesn't seem to be very important. I looked at the mplayer documentation and it seems to suggest that one installs the realplayer codecs to a totally different codec directory, so I am at a loss as to why I am missing the codec...?
To play them, you can try realplayer (or helixplayer). It's in link's TUR. To convert them to mp3, I would make the same suggestion as for wma (use audacity to record from the sound card).
it's not a matter of the codec here. if you download the .ram you will see that it contains only meta-data when you view it with a texteditor. most likely it references a rtsp:// stream. you may want to try vlc as it can play and dump those, i think...
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I don't think vlc plays ram files? You are right though, it just points to where the ram is, you cannot actually download it, I have to stream it... wget won't grab them, bummer.
I can play it with only Realplayer? Seems wierd, makes it really hard to rip ram's all right.
Try passing mplayer the actual rtsp stream url
Good call, passing the stream plays ram files