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How to convert WMV or ASF files to mpeg ???

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Hi,

I'd like to view the content of a traning cd on my unix workstation (not on a pc)...
But all the files are in WMV format!!! Since we have only 1 pc with W2K and its
the only one able to play those stupid files (even out NT pc can't show them
properly!!!), I'd like to convert them to a more agreable format, MPG (or even avi,
anything but WMV)...

Looking around on the web I was unable to find any converter!
As a last resort, I figured one of you out there might have encountered the same
problem ;-)

So, have you found a converter anywhere? Is there such a thing as taking a
WMV "stream" and converting it into MPEG? Or is there a WMV viewer for
solaris (worst solution since I'll have to keep this format around!)...

thanks
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Not much :(

I tried this already and it does not work... Seems to be for audio track (to wav)
I does not SEE any worth while pics when those wnv files are played only a
bunch of colored squares :(
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I think your solution will be at micros$%#t:

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/en/WM7/encoder.asp
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Finally I can see this ****!
What a stupid format! Makes you wonder why bother to create yet another video format!!!
(just to force people to use another micro**** product I guess)

I play with this application see if I can convert to a more portable format...
Thanks for the info!
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by:casevanrij
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There are quite a few programs that will convert this format on the x86/unix platforms, mostly aimed at linux, although they can be ported to/compiled on BSD platforms aswell.
The most interesting ones are probably MPlayer, avifile and transcode. The most popular approach is actually using the MS codecs and directshow filters through the wine dll loader to play and/or convert these files.

Ofcourse this means that porting these applications to solaris/sparc will be quite a bit more difficult.
Mplayer will play most formats out there and output to several audio & video formats, and is also the most portable one. The opensource xvid codec seems to be able to decode some wmv formats but not all (?)

http://www.mplayerhq.hu/homepage/
http://www.xvid.org/
http://www.theorie.physik.uni-goettingen.de/~ostreich/transcode/

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