Category Archives: Multimedia

VLC Best Video Player for Ubuntu

how to install VLC Media Player on Ubuntu 11.04

There are lot of Music players available for Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal) but VLC is the most popular media player, not only for Ubuntu 11.04 or Linux Distros but also on Windows (7, Xp or Vsita) and Mac OS X. VLC is a free and open source multimedia player. it’s available for all common platforms. it has been developed/maintained under VideoLAN project. VLC is known as all in one media player, because it can play all the common media file formats – like mp3,avi,flv etc. Actually VLC is capable of handling a lot of input and output file formats.

Ubuntu 11.04 has banshee media player as a default media player, which is a nice one but not suitable for all cases. VLC can be installed in multiple ways – e.g from Command Line, Ubuntu Software Center or from Synaptic Package Manager. Here we will cover any two methods. After installing you may need to install some proprietary libraries and codecs e.g libdvdcss2 for playing music/movies DVD (Encrypted using CSS (Content Scramble System) encryption algorithm). In Ubuntu software center , vlc got 4.5 start, through the 50+ ratings. Now, you can check the popularity of the application before installing, in the Ubuntu Software center, through reviews/comments and ratings.

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Installing VLC Player on Ubuntu 11.04

From Ubuntu Software Center

#1 : Open Ubuntu Software Center (go to menu located at Top Left corner and search for ‘ubuntu software center’ ).

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#2 : search for ‘vlc’ and click on install button to proceed.

#3 : Wait for the installation to complete.

From Command Line

Open the terminal (CTRL+ALT+T) and type the commands , followed by your ubuntu login password.

sudo apt-get install vlc vlc-plugin-pulse mozilla-plugin-vlc
brasero

best dvd burning software for Ubuntu

DVD/CD has no longer that much importance in our lives, but still very useful in many cases specially the bootable DVD/CD, even though the Linux based OS can be booted/installed from a USB other OS(e.g Windows) still uses it.

On Ubuntu 10.04(Lucid Lynx) or 10.10(Maverick Meerkat,the latest stable version) or Ubuntu 11.04(Next Version), you can find a lot of DVD burning softwares in the Ubuntu Software Center(USC), but what is the best among them ? Actually it is a very difficult question to answer because in most of the cases, it depends on the type of work. That’s why this post will introduce you with a free and open source dvd burning software, that you can use to burn DVD’s quickly in a reliable way.

Brasero – The Best Software/Application for Burning DVD/CD

Brasero is a free and open source application(GUI)  for burning dvd on Linux Distros like Ubuntu, Linux Mint etc. Other softwares that you may want to use is – K3b,CD/DVD Creator,DeVeDe Video creator etc. Brasero is very simple to use with a lot of features.

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Features of Brasero at a Glance

  • burn/write Data or Audio CD/DVD
  • Erase DVD
  • a customizable GUI
  • Copy/clone CD/DVD
  • Song/Image/Video Previewer
  • Save/Load Projects
  • Supports Drag and Drop

How to install Brasero on Ubuntu

Brasero is installed by default in most of the cases. If you found brasero missing on your systems or you want to reinstall it then use Ubuntu Software Center to install it. On the other hand you can also install it from shell/Command Line/Terminal. Type (Followed by your user account => login password ) –

$ sudo apt-get install brasero
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how to install vlc player on Linux Mint 10

Linux Mint 10(code named as Julia) has just launched(a week ago). Linux Mint has a media player installed by default but it’s not sufficient for playing all formats. That’s why this post will explain(specially written for beginner users, probably who have just migrated from windows based operating system to Linux based distribution or Linux Mint) about how to install vlc media player(which is the most popular media player) on Linux Mint 10/9.

VLC Media Player has been developed/maintained under Video LAN Project. it is free,open source and cross-platform(Available for all the common operating system). VLC player is known as ‘All in One’ media player, because it can play all the common media file – audio as well as video. So vlc player is a ‘must have Apps’ for all computer users – beginners as well as advanced. The source code of the vlc player is available freely under GNU GPL license, so it means that you can’t only play the media files but also with the vlc itself.

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Install VLC Media Player on Linux Mint

You can install either from the package manager or from the command line.

From Package Manager

>>Search for ‘vlc’ and select the package for installation(using check box)

>>Then click on Apply button and wait for the installation to complete.

>>That’s All..

From Command Line

Open the terminal and enter(also enter password,if prompted) the command(s) given below –

sudo apt-get install vlc vlc-plugin-pulse mozilla-plugin-vlc

NOTE : libdvdcss2 is required by vlc,so if you haven’t installed the restricted package already then this link help you(it is written for Ubuntu but I think it will also work for Linux Mint) – Playing Encrypted DVD on Ubuntu .

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how to install handbrake on ubuntu 10.10

What is Handbrake ?

A free open source software that will generate required video format(for the most of the common devices) from the particular source formats.Basically it is a video converter that you can use on Ubuntu 10.10(Maverick Meerkat)/10.04(Lucid Lynx) to transcode the target video type for ipod,iphone and mobile devices at zero cost! Actually Most of the Windows users don’t want to try Ubuntu 10.10 because they feel uncomfortable with the incompatibility problem of their favorite devices/Applications with Linux Environment,so handbrake is very useful for a lot of users.The Latest release is Handbrake 0.9.5,released on Jan,2011.

Features of Handbrake Video/Audio Converter

  • it’s available for All platforms e.g windows,Linux,Mac.
  • it is a multithreaded video converter
  • Handbrake supports DVD,VOB,blue ray formats as input
  • it can convert the source file in to variety of formats e.g mp4(m4v),mkv,MPEG-4(ffmpeg),Theora(libtheora),mp3,AAC,Vorbis etc.
  • Live Video Preview
  • video cropping and scaling
  • subtitles,srt,ssa etc
  • + a lot of extra features

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Installing Handbrake video transcoder on Ubuntu 10.10

#1 : Download the .deb(Debian Package) of the handbrake software(Debian because here I’m dealing with Ubuntu 10.10,if you are using other flavor of Linux then choose the appropriate package from the list).

Download Handbrake for Ubuntu 10.10

or go to it’s official website.

#2 : After downloading the correct package,open it with Ubuntu Software Center;click on install to proceed.

#4 : When the installation is complete,go to the Applications menu and start using it.

For,Ubuntu a lot of free open source video converters/tools are available and all have some distinct features so try out alternative apps if some one doesn’t work well for you.If you have any idea regarding the open source video transcoding tools then you might want to share it though comments.Have Fun!!

install Clementine on ubuntu

how to install clementine media player on Ubuntu

clementine on ubuntu

This post is written for beginners about an open source media player clementine.Clementine is developed on
the top of Amarok media player.Clementine is an open source media player and it’s available for Linux based
OS e.g Ubuntu 10.10(Maverick Meerkat),10.04(Lucid Lynx)..,Windows and Mac OS X.Clementine is a fast music player with nice interface and options to enjoy music.

Features of Clementine

it has a lot of features like Dynamic and smart playlists,rain effects,file converting and editing features,Lyrics searching from Internet and the one of the best feature is – easy synchronization with Ipod or MTP or mass storage USB players. Continue reading