Clipgrab to download videos from online streaming sites

Use Clipgrap from https://clipgrab.org/ to download videos for offline viewing from sites like youtube.com.

It supports a heap of other sites too. The list is at https://clipgrab.org/faqs/supported-sites

How to restore music file names from iPod on a Linux computer

After copying music to the iPod, file names and folder names of the music files change to 4 characters with mp3 after them. Unfortunately, these do not identify the music file on an Android device or even the PC. Similarly, folder names too are changed. Could not find a way to get back the folder . . . → Read More: How to restore music file names from iPod on a Linux computer

Create a VCD from mp4 or mkv files using devede and cdrdao in Linux

At times, we need to create a VCD from any video files we may have saved, like those from cell phones. Those files are already in the MP4 or MKV format. Fortunately, it is easy to create VCDs from such files using devede.

1. Transfer the mp4 or mkv files to the computer. 2. Start . . . → Read More: Create a VCD from mp4 or mkv files using devede and cdrdao in Linux

Error Couldn’t open DVD device: /dev/dvd (No such file or directory)

Below error appears when creating a avi out of a DVD, is an mencoder error: MEncoder 1.1-4.8 (C) 2000-2012 MPlayer Team libdvdread: Can’t stat /dev/dvd No such file or directory libdvdread: Could not open /dev/dvd Couldn’t open DVD device: /dev/dvd (No such file or directory) No stream found to handle url dvd://2 Cannot open file/device.

. . . → Read More: Error Couldn’t open DVD device: /dev/dvd (No such file or directory)

Where did ffmpeg on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS go? Use avconv instead

ffmpeg was replaced by libav on the new Ubuntu package list. It is similar, though. ffmpeg -> avconv ffplay -> avplay ffserver -> avserver

You can still convert media files using avconv in place of ffmpeg.

To install avconv, open a terminal window and type following commands: $ sudo apt-get install libav-tools <enter>

. . . → Read More: Where did ffmpeg on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS go? Use avconv instead

How to convert VCD to MP4 using mplayer in Linux

If you have a VCD and need to create an MP4 file of it’s content, use mplayer to do so. If you install just mplayer, you will not get –dumpstream or –dumpfile. To get those parameters, you need to open a terminal window and install mplayer2 as follows: $ sudo apt-get install mplayer2 <enter>

Open . . . → Read More: How to convert VCD to MP4 using mplayer in Linux

Extract the audio from an MP4 video file using avconv

At times, we would like to extract the audio from an MP4 video file. To do this in Linux, open a terminal window in Ubuntu and use the utility called avconv as follows: $ avconv -i MyVideoFile.mp4 -vn -acodec copy MyAudioFile.aac <enter>

where, MyVideoFile.mp4 is your mp4 video file. You can then listen to the . . . → Read More: Extract the audio from an MP4 video file using avconv

How to connect laptop to TV with HDMI in Xubuntu

Connect the HDMI cable – one end to PC and one end to laptop. Then switch on TV and select the Video Input as HDMIx where x is the HDMI port you have connected your laptop or computer to the TV.

Select Settings Manager -> Display and you will see HDMI as one of the . . . → Read More: How to connect laptop to TV with HDMI in Xubuntu

How to play VCDs in Linux with Mplayer

VLC does not play all VCDs in Linux. You can play VCDs using Mplayer instead. Open a terminal window in Linux and type the following command to do so:

$ mplayer vcd:://4 -cdrom-device /dev/sr0 <enter>

If you notice the //4, that is the track on the VCD. Change it if the VCD does not play . . . → Read More: How to play VCDs in Linux with Mplayer

How to read DVDs in Xubuntu

From this version of Ubuntu/Xubuntu, medibuntu repository does not exist. Therefore, you cannot get the libdvdcss4 package to install and watch DVDs on Xubuntu / Ubuntu 13.04.

To watch DVDs on this version of Ubuntu / Xubuntu, download the libdvdcss2 package from http://www.videolan.org/developers/libdvdcss.html and install it.

The above steps can be replaced with the following . . . → Read More: How to read DVDs in Xubuntu

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