stdout from mplayer/mencoder?

Karl Jeacle karl at
Thu Apr 29 10:51:21 PDT 2004

I am using mplayer and lame to convert RealAudio files to MP3.
Everything works, but I'd like to avoid large temporary WAV files.

Currently, I do something like:

        mplayer -ao pcm -aofile $WAVFILE $RAFILE
        lame $WAVFILE $MP3FILE

But what I'd like to do is more like:

	mplayer -ao pcm -aofile /dev/stdout $RAFILE | lame - $MP3FILE

The problem is that the resulting MP3 file is just white noise. I'm not
sure what's going wrong. (I've tried specifying -r & -s lame flags.)

Is it possible to get mplayer to write to stdout?
Or for mplayer/lame to convert RA->MP3 in a single pipeline?


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