Adam Funk wrote:
On Thursday 30 September 2004 19:50, Adam Funk wrote:Sorry: I'm sure I've most of the man mplayer page a few times and I still can't figure out how to do this. I want to convert a RealPlayer URL stream into a file in some sensible (e.g. WAV, Ogg, MP3) audio format. I started with this: mplayer -dumpfile foo.wav -dumpstream rtsp://....ra but foo.wav turned out to be a RealMedia file.Since posting this, I found the answer. http://groups.google.com/groups?selm=20040508124642.1144B16A50E_hub.freebsd.org%40ns.sol.net Scroll down to message 5. "mplayer file.ra -ao pcm" also works as "mplayer -ao pcm rstp://....ra" and produces a WAV file, audiodump.wav. (I think I had tried the -ao pcm option in combination with -dumpstream.) I'm still curious, however. Why does mplayer record to a RealAudio file, which is not a useful format?
It is not recording to anything, it is recording bit for bit the input stream. Which can be useful for either diagnostic purposes[is mplayer having problems with the rstp protocol or the realplayer codec?], or because converting to a lossless format would take up too much room[in my experience -ao pcm can generate very large wav files[10x-20x the original]] and converting to another lossy format is undesired due to inherent degradation.
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