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

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

Sony Bravia TV does not display files or folders on the Sony Xperia ZR SD Card

When I connected the Sony Xperia ZR smart phone to the Sony Bravia TV via the USB port, the TV did not display any folders from the SD Card of the phone. After a while, realized that the phone was connected to the TV USB port in MTP (Media Transfer Protocol) mode.

To display the . . . → Read More: Sony Bravia TV does not display files or folders on the Sony Xperia ZR SD Card

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>

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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 overcome issue with Walkman App on Sony Xperia and Clean Music Player with Bass Booster

It has been a struggle to get Sony Xperia ZR’s Walkman App to recognize music files on the external SD Card. Unfortunately, sometime ago, it detected the Micro SD card and built the play lists, but lately, it does not do that as well. After installing Android 4.3 on the Sony Xperia ZR too, the . . . → Read More: How to overcome issue with Walkman App on Sony Xperia and Clean Music Player with Bass Booster

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

How to play Absolute 90s radio station in SMPlayer

Using Gnome Player a couple of years ago, we could play a list of radio stations streamed over the internet. One of my favourites was the Absolute 90s, Absolute 80s and so on. They were present in the list of internet radio stations in Gnome. However, I wanted to play Absolute 90s using SMPlayer on . . . → Read More: How to play Absolute 90s radio station in SMPlayer

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