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bdurfee
03-05-2015, 10:10 PM
I have some VERY old videos on a web site that I'd like to bring up to current standards. They are old .ram files. Remember them? They are the old Real Player formatted files. I also have flv versions of them as well.

What I'd like to do is be able to display them on the site so that both Win and Mac users can view them.

1. What format should they be converted to?
2. What software will work best to do the conversion?
3. Since Mac and iOS doesn't like Flash, what is the best way to display them on the web site so that both Mac and Win users can view them?

MightyGem
03-06-2015, 04:20 PM
You could try this online site to convert to mp4:
RAM to MP4 | Zamzar - Free online file conversion (http://www.zamzar.com/convert/ram-to-mp4/)

joema
03-08-2015, 08:27 AM
I have some VERY old videos on a web site that I'd like to bring up to current standards. They are old .ram files. Remember them? They are the old Real Player formatted files. I also have flv versions of them as well....

I just did a test and tried various ways to convert .ram and.flv files. Although some sources say VLC or Quicktime 7 Pro will work for these, in my experience they did not.

I then tried Handbrake which worked fine for both .ram and .flv files, converting them to H.264 .mp4 files which Mac and Win users can view: https://handbrake.fr/downloads.php

I also tried MacX Video Converter Pro which worked OK, but it is a paid app and Handbrake is free and seemed to work just as well. However it can do some types of conversions that Handbrake cannot, so I keep it around: MacX Video Converter Pro - Video Converter for Mac to Convert MKV MP4 AVI WMV for iPhone iPad Android (http://www.macxdvd.com/mac-video-converter-pro/)