Convert a VMWare screencast into a flv file

mencoder -of avi -ovc lavc movie.avi -o movie2.avi; ffmpeg -i movie2.avi -r 12 -b 100 movie.flv
First, we convert the VMware avi (VMnc format) to the Microsoft avi format. Next, we convert the Microsoft avi format to FLV format. You can play around with the -r switch (rate per second) and the -b switch (bitrate). But, if those get larger, so does your FLV file.

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By: dcabanis
2009-08-28 11:05:21

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