Hmm, here comes another entry under the category of Computers & Tech. Just thought I’ll share about this rather great software that I picked up due to several reasons. Actually, so far my main use of this software is to use it to convert Real Media to something non-RM, be it AVI or WMV, so my comments here may be a little restrictive. Do find better reviews if you’re looking for something else k? =D
This software has other options, like en-coding to AVI, RM, MPEG and WMV formats. Honestly, I know there’s much more to encoding than this, but at least the software seems clever enough to encode at a suitable bitrate (as compared to the source file you’re compressing from). At least it works that way for the real media files that I’ve converted in wmv format due to some technical problem with one of my drivers. The knowledge centre-ing around video (audio included) encodes is too deep for me and I’ve given up on trying to grasp some of the basics many times. =D
For RM to other formats, you’ll expect the file size to increase (in general). So be prepared to see it taking up more space than its RM counterpart. It’s quite normal, and is almost always the case except for 1 file, which I suspect the RM wasn’t very properly compressed anyway. Hahaha. And to me, this function of the software is what seems to be most attractive, since Real Media is sort of a neglected video format when it comes to re-encoding (partly due to the nature of RM formats). For en-coding your avi/mpeg/wmvs/quicktime files into something mainstream like avi/mpeg1/2, I suggest looking up some of the indepth guides specifically targetting such tasks. Better still, learn a trick or two from people who are part of subtitling teams and in charge of the encoding. I’m sure those people are definitely knowledgeable enough, at least more than enough for your average use of encoding. Heh.
Anyway, this software isn’t exactly free. Without buying the software, the bad thing would be that there’ll be a watermark in whatever video you’ve converted. And it’s not at the top or some corner of the video, but right IN THE MIDDLE of the screen, so you might want to take note of that. Of course, you could get the key from your friend or by some other mean, but I have to say it here that it’s not legal. =P
Hope this entry is of help to some people out there. =) I wonder what the next Computers & Tech entry will be about…