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File Types

RealPlayer Converter handles many different media formats. The following table lists these formats and basic information about them. To view all of the available quality and resolution settings for each output format, see Creating Custom Settings.

If you start with files in these formats:

Format

Information

.flv Flash Video

Common format for video on the internet.

.mp4, AAC, MPEG4, H.264, .mov

Compressed video formats used by Apple and others. Requires RealPlayer Plus or QuickTime.

.avi, AVI

Video container format often used by cameras.

.rv, .rm, RealVideo

Compressed video format used by RealNetworks and others.

.wmv, WMV, Windows Media Video

Compressed video format used by Microsoft and others.

.3gp, 3GP, Cell Phone

Compressed video format optimized for cellular phones and mobile devices.

MPEG-2

Compressed digital video format used for television recording. Requires RealPlayer Plus.

DirectShow, Divx, Xvid

Highly compressed video format, used to keep file sizes low. Requires Divx or Xvid plug-ins for DirectShow.

.vob, VOB

Container format used on unencrypted DVD video. Requires RealPlayer Plus.

Note: RealPlayer Converter is designed to convert VOB files from home videos that have one audio track. Converting from VOB files with multiple audio tracks may have unexpected results.

.mp3, MP3

The most commonly used and supported compressed digital audio format.

.m4a, AAC, MP4

Digital audio format developed as the "successor" to MP3.

.ra, RealAudio

Compressed audio format used by RealNetworks and others.

.wma, Windows Media Audio

Compressed audio format used by Microsoft and others.

.wav, WAV, Wave

The most commonly used and supported uncompressed audio format.

.ivr, IVR

Format for streaming files recorded by RealPlayer.

Then you can convert files to these formats:

Format

Information

.rv, .rm, RealVideo

Compressed video format used by RealNetworks and others.

.wmv, WMV, Windows Media Video

Compressed video format used by Microsoft and others.

.mp4, AAC, H.264

Compressed video formats used by Apple and others. Requires RealPlayer Plus or QuickTime.

.3gp, 3GP, Cell Phone

Compressed video format optimized for cellular phones and mobile devices.

.m4a, AAC, MP4

Digital audio format developed as the "successor" to MP3.

.mp3, MP3

The most commonly used and supported compressed digital audio format.

.ra, RealAudio 10

Compressed audio format used by RealNetworks and others.

RealAudio Lossless

RealNetworks' lossless audio format. It retains all sound information, but with a smaller file size than Wave format.

.wav, WAV, Wave

The most commonly used and supported uncompressed audio format.

.wma, Windows Media Audio

Compressed audio format used by Microsoft and others.