If you liked my last post on how to save real player streams and convert them to mpeg 4 avi files, then you might find this post useful.
Today I needed to save a real player stream of last night’s 10 o’clock news from the BBC and then convert it into an xvid file. I also wanted to crop it down to just show the particular news item we were interested in (a feature about one of our sites). This is how I did it:
- First follow the steps on how to install mencoder and then dump the ram stream as per my previous post.
- Next convert the dump file to xvid with the following command:
mencoder stream.dump -o bbc-10oclocknews.avi -ovc xvid -xvidencopts bitrate=128 -oac mp3lame
- Now use Avidemux to crop the video file. If you haven’t already got this program you can install with
sudo apt-get install avidemux
- Open the video file with Avidemux, and then ensure the video and audio are in sync by selecting Audio > Build VBR timemap from the menu.
- Use the selection Markers to chop out bits you don’t want (or select the bit you do want), and then save the resulting video with File > Save > Save Video
And that’s it! Here is the resulting file: