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Section - -12- How can I convert from SGI movie format to MPEG?

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  - If you are using IRIX 5.3 with the Digital Media Tools 5.5
    software product, or IRIX 6.2, you can use the Movie Master
    or dmconvert utilities to create MPEG movies.  See the first
    question in this FAQ for information on downloading the
    Digital Media Tools 5.5 software product from SGI.

  - If you are using IRIX 5.3 or earlier, SGI provides no bundled
    tools to convert SGI movies to MPEG.

    There is a publically available program which can convert SGI
    movie files to MPEG.  It was developed by Andreas Paul
    <paula@informatik.tu-muenchen.de>.  It can be obtained from:

    ftp://ftp.rus.uni-stuttgart.de/pub/systems/sgi/animation/mv2mpeg_final.tar.gz

    It is for IRIX 5.x systems, and supports all versions of the SGI
    movie file format.

    If you are using IRIX 4.0.x, then get mov2mpeg from

    ftp://ftp.gvu.gatech.edu/pub/people/kooper/mov2mpeg.tar.gz

    Finally, another way to convert to MPEG is to export all of
    the images and audio track from the SGI movie file by using
    moviemaker or makemovie,  and feed the result (a sequence of
    still frames) into one of the public domain MPEG encoders
    available on the net.
    
  There is yet another freely available tool, mv2mpeg, for creating
  MPEG files.  Here is a quote from its README file:
  
    mv2mpeg is a tool to convert a SGI-movie-file into a mpeg-movie.

    It consists of a shell-script ('mv2mpeg') and two binaries:

            mpeg_encode
            mv2frames

    mpeg_encode has been compiled with the '-mips2' switch, so if
    you are using a R3000 machine get the mpeg_encode package and
    compile it yourself. (shouldn't be much of a problem)
    It can be found at:
       qiclab.scn.rain.com:/pub/graphics/mpeg_encode-1.2.tar.Z
       ftp://liasun3.epfl.ch/pub/graphics/mpeg/
    If you don't find it there use 'archie' to locate the nearest
    site that has it.

  Regardless of IRIX software release, there is at least one
  commercial product which can create MPEG files, called MpegExpert:

    MpegExpert is the highest performance and most featured MPEG
    playback solution for SGI platforms. It plays compressed MPEG-1
    audio, video or system level multiplexed audio+video bitstreams in
    realtime with stereo CD quality sound. With the integrated
    CAPTURE_TOOL it lets the user cut and save pictures or sequences
    from an MPEG source, allowing a simple form of editing. And with
    the CD_TOOL user can play Video_CD and CD-I digital movies from a
    CDROM player. Its specially designed data input architecture
    enables smooth MPEG playback from video servers over networks.
    MpegExpert can be integrated into other applications or it can be
    used interactively through its motif based user interface.
    MpegExpert software, documentation, and demo version are available
    on line via anonymous ftp from ftp.portal.com:/pub/apvision or
    ftp.netcom.com:/pub/ap/apvision.  Any further inquiry if required,
    can be sent to apvision@netcom.com

  For more information on MPEG, and a list of places where you can
  obtain MPEG encoder software, consult the MPEG Frequently Asked
  Questions document. You can FTP it from

      ftp://ftp.cs.tu-berlin.de/pub/msdos/dos/graphics/mpegfa11.zip
      ftp://ftp.cs.tu-berlin.de/pub/msdos/dos/graphics/mpegfa20.zip
      ftp://ftp.cs.tu-berlin.de/pub/msdos/dos/graphics/mpegfa30.zip
      ftp://ftp.cs.tu-berlin.de/pub/msdos/dos/graphics/mpegfa31.zip

  These documents are versions 1.1, 2.0, 3.0, and 3.1 of the MPEG FAQ
  document.

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