The other day I got bunch of media in the RMVB format. If you haven’t heard about it, it’s for a reason. By definition, anything that comes out of Real usually sucks. This format is no different. You know that your media format is obscure as shit if you can’t play it in VLC.
The only way to watch RMVB files is to use Real Player (which can be classified as “I can’t believe it’s not Spyware” ‘ware) on Windows or Media Player Classic with Real Alternative. I haven’t figured out how to play these on Linux or Mac yet, and I’m not sure if I even want to. I never want to see this shitty format again.
Why do people use RMVB? Apparently because of the “Variable Bit Rate” encoding, it produces a files much smaller than DivX or Xvid codecs. I have never really seen these files in mainstream use on US based torrent sites, but apparently RMVB is relatively popular in parts of Europe and Asia. Apparently people in these parts of the world, haven’t figured out that Real is evil and that it smells like ass and cheese.
As you might suspect, the “be all and end all” of burning software – the Nero Burning Rom won’t even acknowledge that RMVB exists. I successfully used my Nero to create VCD’s from AVI files, but the Real format would not work.
So I searched around, and I was unable to find a free and effective way to covert RMVB to some burnable format. Apparently this proprietary format is so obscure, and quirky that few people in Open Source community want to bother messing with it. Consequently, most of available converters are proprietary and non-free.
I started scouring burning forums, and found bunch of people saying good things about using WinAvi Video Converter with the RMVB files. Unfortunately it will cost you $30 for a license.
Now, while I do not endorse illegal file sharing, or copyright infringement, I will tell you that you can easily find a serial or a torrent for a cracked version out there. I’m not saying you should do anything illegal, but – you know. It’s out there.
If you work with RMVB files all the time, it’s probably worth shelling out the cash though, because the software works. I was able to convert all my files into a DVD format, and burned them without any problems. The sound was a little poor, but then again, that might have been just the RMVB quality.
[tags]rmvb, real, real player, real alternative, winavi, dvd, burning, vcd, media[/tags]