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I have downloaded a Seinfeld series and it is in the rmvb format. When I copy to my external and try to play on the WD TV it does not recognise it. I think I need to convert it to another format?

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Welcome to AU Charles, This doesnt directly answer your question (Im not sure about WDTV) but rmvb files do play well on other media players like VLC (avaialble from the USC) or Real Player for Linux which you can get here uk.real.com/realplayer/other-versions. I guess the question is how stuck on WDTV are you to watch these files.? have you researched the availablilty of what codec extensions are available for WDTV. You may get some good answers here from a previous question on a similar subject. askubuntu.com/questions/27864/best-video-converter –  Stephen Myall Jul 11 '12 at 9:24

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If the answer given by @Mitch doesn't work, you can try

 mencoder <input_movie> -oac mp3lame -xvidencopts bitrate=300000 -ovc xvid -o output_movie.avi

You can find the bitrate of the original file in the output of mplayer (command line) when it runs the file.

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Only the WD Mini support RMVB. You need to convert RMVB files to AVI, MPEG2, to be playable using WD TV.

You can use Mplayer to do the conversion, Just press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open Terminal. When it opens, run the command below.

sudo apt-get install mplayer 

sudo apt-get install mencoder

mplayer Install mplayer

mencoder Install mencoder

Once installed, switch to the directory where your .rmvb file is, and do

mencoder <input_movie> -oac mp3lame -ovc lavc -o output_movie.avi 1

1Source:Ubuntu Documentation

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