Saturday, August 6, 2011

Play RealVideo in Ubuntu

To play videos, .rm and other realvideo formats in Ubuntu, the only way that seems to work is to install RealPlayer under Wine.
I have tried custom build of mplayer, w32codecs, kaffeine etc. None of them works. Also the realplayer for GNU/Linux. It loads the video, displays the first frame, crashes and quits just like that.
And to convert them, using mencoder fails giving the error "Video Stream is mandatory!".
The command I used to convert is given below:
mencoder in.rm -oac mp3lame -lameopts preset=128 -ovc lavc -lavcopts vcodec=mpeg4:vbitrate=1200 -ofps 25 -of avi -o out.avi

The ultimate saviour is using realplayer under wine.

1. Install the latest version of wine (previous post).
2. Now download RealPlayer Gold.
3. Install it. Just open it with wine and continue the installation steps.
4. Done.

Now you can play realmedia files like .rm!