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Using VLC To Convert RMVB To MP4

RealMedia video (RMVB) is not popular now, but there are some in my video collection and not all of them can play well on Raspberry Pi 2 (running Kodi 15.2/OpenELEC 6.0.1).

So, I need to convert those RMVB video files to MP4 format for playback on that low cost yet mighty media center system.

With reference to my previous screencast guide, let’s see how to use VLC again to do this job.

1. Open VLC > Media menu > Convert/Save

2. Add a RMVB file and click Convert/Save

3. Select the default MP4 profile “Video – H.264 + MP3 (MP4)” for the Convert option and make sure “display the output” checkbox remains untick.
In fact, you can use this default mp4 profile to convert any video format into mp4, as long as VLC has decoding codec for the source video format.

Optionally, click the “edit selected profile” button (next to profile selection box) to confirm the key settings are configured accordingly:

a) Encapsulation – MP4/MOV

Using VLC default MP4 profile setting to convert RMVB to mp4 format.

b) Video codec – tick Video checkbox, H-264 codec, bitrate:not used, quality:not used, frame rate:same as source, resolution scale and frame size:auto

VLC default mp4 profile setting for video codec

VLC mp4 profile

c) Audio codec – tick Audio checkbox, MPEG audio codec, bitrate:128kb/s, channels:2, sample rate: 44100Hz

VLC default mp4 profile for audio codec

4. Specify the output file in “destination file” and click Start button. In my test machine (64-bit Windows 10 and VLC on Intel Core i5-3470 Desktop CPU with 8GB RAM), it takes about 5 minutes to convert a 16-minute/180MB video of rv4.0/RealVideo 10 format.

5. Wait for the playback time slider to move to its end – that moving slider indicates conversion in progress.

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