[kde-linux] Sound conversion from .rm to.mp3

James Richard Tyrer tyrerj at acm.org
Mon Jan 21 22:12:55 UTC 2008

LM--- wrote:
> Hello everyone,
> I have been a plain user of Linux for almost three years now, sporting
> Debian 4.0 Etch, now with Kernel 2.6.18, KDE 3.5 on a Pentium PC with
> AMD Athlon1800+, and I'm very satisfied.
> I was looking for a tool to convert sound, i.e. .rm files to .mp3 files.
> I was told to try SoundConverter which I found in the Debian repository.
> Now I realised that the programme is not able to convert .rm files to
> .mp3 files. Several gstreamer plugins are installed (several of the
> gstreamer0.10 series AND I installed gstreamer0.8-lame and
> gstreamer-mad, as I read that they were necessary) and the corresponding
> libraries libgstreamer0.8 and libgstreamer0.10 but there's nothing to be
> done. I still can't convert as I wish.
> Does it have to do with a new built-in limitation (a licencing problem?)
> or did I miss something?
> Anybody having help for me?

First, you need to realize that any GUI application for audio is a front 
end for an application that can be accessed from the command line.

So, if I wanted to convert file <x>.rm to Vorbis I could use the command:

	mplayer -ao pcm <x>.rm | oggenc -o <x>.ogg -

{note the "-" at the end; this IS required}

should convert <x>.rm to <x>.ogg IF, and only if, mplayer can play the file.

I don't seem to have an <x>.rm file available, so I can't try this.

IAC, if MPlayer won't do it, there are other Linux players (e.g. Xine & 
FFMPEG) that might work.  There might be a GUI front end that would do 
this, I don't really know. Perhaps someone else knows.


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