Category Archives: Multimedia

Krita – Digital Painting Application for Ubuntu/Linux

Krita is a KDE based program for digital painting and sketching. Currently, it’s available for GNU/Linux and Windows platforms. It’s a full featured digital painting program for artists.

Krita is popular among comic book artists, illustrators, concept artists, texture painter and so. One of the great feature is that – it supports colorspaces other than RGB, such as CMYK. It also supports HDR Painting and a perspective grid.

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Sound of the Forest (Artist : Tyson Tan)

Installing Krita on Ubuntu

On Ubuntu, you can easily install from the recommended official ppa. (there are few more ppa available on official site but I’ve listed only the stable one)

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kubuntu-ppa/backports
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install krita

If you’re looking for some tutorials or guides to get started, I would recommend watching this video on youtube and reading docs here.

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Best Audio Editor for Ubuntu

Audio Editor or Creator/Recorder is one of the most common applications used in audio/sound productions – specifically in mixing/editing digital audio, although you can also use it to create digital content from a traditional audio storage media such as Record or Tapes.

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Audacity : The Best Audio Creator/Editor

Audacity is a cross-platform open source software. Audacity is very easy to use and anyone can start audio editing using Audacity within a couple of minutes. it’s quite popular so in a Linux distribution such as Ubuntu (Latest stable version : 11.10, upcoming version 12.04), Linux Mint etc it’s there in the package repository, by default. Some special editions such as Ubuntu Studio includes Audacity installed by default, because it’s a great application – as Audacity is lightweight and fast with simple user interface (and of course Advanced Features).

What you can do using Audacity ?

For complete list of features, you should refer to its official website but here is a quick view on some of its great features –

  • edit, cut or mix sounds together
  • Record Live Audio
  • it supports MP3, Ogg Vorbis, WAV or AIFF files
  • live audio recording from Line or Mic (or other sources)
  • control pitch or speed of recording
  • very fast editing of larger files
  • Easy import ‘n’ export of various file formats
  • Edit/Mix unlimited number of tracks
  • A lot of funky effects such as Echo, Reverser, phaser etc
  • Plugins are available to add some extra features ‘n’ fun!

How to install Audacity in Ubuntu (11.10/12.04)

Fire up a terminal (Ctrl+Alt+t) and execute the following commands –

sudo apt-get install audacity

Non-Ubuntu users can download the required package from the official website.

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Sound Converter : Best Audio Converter for Ubuntu

Audio Converter is probably one of the must have application now a days, because it allows you to convert one audio format into another desirable audio format (songs/music for for your mobile or ipod or Android/iPhone or whatever). There are lot of free softwares available for audio conversion but SoundConverter is the most popular audio converter application for the Gnome based Linux distributions such as Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Fedora etc.

SoundConverter is an easy to use application with all the basic plus cool features you could expect from such application. It supports a lot of formats – in fact it can accept all the input formats that is supported by GStreamer i.e the input format supported by SoundConverter are – MP3, FLAC, WAV, MPEG, ALAC, Ogg, Vorbis, AAC, AVI, DTS, MOD, S3M, XM, APE etc and the most common output formats are MP3 (MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3), AAC (Advanced Audio Coding), FLAC (Free Audio Lossless Codec), WAV etc.

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Important Features of SoundConverter

  • it’s simple to use, with an intuitive interface
  • it is very fast and uses multithreaded conversion
  • it can process a number of files easily, because of its efficient use of processing power of CPU
  • Powerful Automated Renaming (also patterns and removal of unwanted/messy characters)

Install SoundConverter in Ubuntu (11.10/12.04/other versions)

sudo apt-get install soundconverter

When the installation is complete, you can drag the input files to the main window and click on Convert Button. You may want to set the type/quality of output audio files under preferences.

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Visit official website for information about SoundConverter.

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Video Converter for Ubuntu 11.04

we uses a lot video file formats in our daily life, but probably with different devices (e.g ipod, PC, iPhone..), so the devices need the input files in specific formats (or in their native file formats), that’s where the video converters are required. Video Converter simply convert a video file format in to another video file format. so it acts like a format conversion tool.

On Ubuntu 11.04 (natty Narwhal), a lot of free and open source softwares are available in package repository but only few of them are quite usable. This post will explain about a simple video converter – ‘Transmageddon’ that you can find in Ubuntu Software Center, so the installation will be quite easy (Actually Installing Application or softwares in Ubuntu or most of the Linux Distribution, is very easy nowadays, Linux based Distros are becoming much user friendly due to the arrival of Ubuntu and Linux Mint).

Transmageddon – Video Converter for Ubuntu 11.04

Transmageddon is a video converter (of course it’s free and open source) specially developed for generating video file formats, for mobile devices. it’s very use, specify the input file and select the mobile device for which you want to generate output file. Most common supported video file formats are –

  • AVI
  • FLV
  • MP3
  • FLAC
  • Vorbis
  • DivX5
  • MPEG 4
  • Quick Time

Installing Transmageddon Video Transcoder/Converter on Ubuntu 11.04

#1  : Open Ubuntu Software Center and search for ‘transmageddon’ or ‘video converter’.

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#2 : Select Transmageddon from the search result.

#3 : click on install button (Enter the login password, if required) and wait for the installation to complete.

Transmageddon Video Converter

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How to install Picasa on Ubuntu 11.04

Picasa is a photo management Application from Google Inc. Picasa is a free software, available for all platforms – Windows, GNU/Linux and Mac OS X. Picasa (probably named after great painter, drawer and sculpturist – Pablo Picasso) runs using Wine on Ubuntu 11.04, so it lacks some features, but still it’s a great apps for photo editing, organizing and sharing  picture, on Ubuntu.

On Ubuntu 11.04, you can also F-spot photo manager (Open Source and free Apps for managing pics), available in Ubuntu Software Center. Picasa has a lot of features that’s why most users prefer Picasa over Fspot. Picasa will never delete any pictures, and it won’t upload any picture to the web without your permission. Picasa 2.7 is the latest stable release for Linux based OS, or you can also try Picasa 3.0 Beta, if you want; download links are given below and the installation procedure is same in both the cases.

New Features in Picasa 3.0

  • Easy to add watermark or text to photos
  • better integration with Picasa web Albums
  • easy to upload pics
  • advanced retouch tools to improve photo quality

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Installing Picasa on Ubuntu 11.04

step #1 : Download the Debian Package for your computer architecture (32 or 64 bit).

Download Picasa for Ubuntu

step #2 : Right Click and open the file with Ubuntu Software Center (or simply double click on the file) to begin, then click on install button and wait until the installation is complete.

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step #3 : That’s All.. Now you can find it in the main menu (Top Left Corner)

Install Picasa from command line

Open Terminal (CTRL+ALT+T) and type the following commands –

For 32 bit

wget http://dl.google.com/linux/deb/pool/non-free/p/picasa/picasa_3.0-current_i386.deb
sudo dpkg -i picasa_3.0-current_i386.deb

For 64 bit

wget http://dl.google.com/linux/deb/pool/non-free/p/picasa/picasa_3.0-current_amd64.deb
sudo dpkg -i picasa_3.0-current_amd64.deb