General :: Which Multimedia Formats?

Jan 26, 2011

I'm thinking about sticking my DVDs and audio CDs onto my computer. I will need to convert/transcode them into smaller file formats but I'm confused about all the available containers/codecs/formats etc.What types are "free"? Just Ogg or are there others? I'd prefer to use something that isn't proprietary.What are your recommendations for audio and video files?

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: Are There Multiple Tag Formats?

Feb 5, 2010

The music I ripped with Sound Juicer, or ripped with VLC and tagged with EasyTag both have the same tag issues. The tags work great system-wide in Ubuntu, and if I drop the song on a data CD and put it in my Pioneer stereo, the tags work there, too. I can put the song on my Walkman and then copy it to another Ubuntu machine, and the tags work on the second machine, as well.

However, the Walkman lists the song as Unknown Song, Unknown Artist, Unknown Album. Further, if I transport the file into Windows, the Windows system doesn't recognize the tags, either.This begs the question, are there multiple tag formats?

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: Downloading Odd Formats In Firefox?

Jun 21, 2010

I have a Firefox addon called Download Helper that lets me download many of the videos I see on the internet. Sometimes, I run into something I can't. I'd like to know exactly how to download these files: [URL]. It seems they are encoded with their own player, but mousing over them also brings up Adobe Flash Player 10.0. Download helper normally gets this stuff. Is there a Firefox extension or a program that would let me capture these videos? Or, for that matter, one that could succinctly tell me upon mousing over a video exactly what kind of file it is?

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: Converting Between Lossdy Formats?

Oct 6, 2010

Here's a question for audio compression nerds. I currently store music ripped form CD's in FLAC format on my HD. I would like to store them as OGG files to save space.

My quandry is this; I need to create both MP3 and OGG files. Both formats are "lossy". I imagine that each format must have different ways of deciding what to lose. Therefore, I am losing some stuff when I rip it in the first place, and converting would lose additional (and dfferent) stuff.

To give you an idea about what sounds okay to me, I believe I can tell the difference between 128 Kbps and 192, but not 192 and 256.

Am I being like the guy who waxes his headlisghts to increase gas mileage here?

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: Play Windows Player Formats?

Jan 24, 2010

i have ubuntu 9.10 and vidoes i want to play in wmv format, i then was asked to search for a codec/encoder but the search came back with this message..

video/x-asf-unknown decoder
Windows Media Speech decoder

does anyone know what i can do to play this format

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: Installing Restricted Formats Package?

Feb 6, 2010

I am new to ubuntu and would like to play my music library via a program. Was going to just try rhythmbox since it came with the OS, unless someone has another suggestion. When trying to play my mp3s I get a error saying I need to download a plugin which it can't find. I found this link and tried to follow it. [URL]..I was able to install the package on my laptop, but one my desk top when I click on 'Click here to install the ubuntu-restricted-extras package' I get prompted to use 'apturl' which I accept then it says Could not find package 'ubuntu-restricted-extras'.I am connected to my network, shouldn't it just reach out to and grab this?

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: Convert All Formats In To Mp4 Or Iphone Compatible?

Oct 8, 2010

which is the best video coveter in ubuntu... basicall i like to convert all formates in to mp4 or iphone compatible

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: Converter For Video And Audio Formats

Oct 12, 2010

1)i have used Arista-transcoder recently and whenever i used to convert some formate it shows me the message for the updater(Codecs).for this i add repository to Soft source after that it start downloading but meanwhile in downloading it shows me the error.Moreover,You can see the error in the pic,which i have attached...

2)is their any other converter which i can use for Both purposes(Audio&Video)other than Winff and Arista?

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Debian Multimedia :: Play All The Audio & Video Formats In Lenny 5.0?

Sep 14, 2010

I have been using Linux Mint for the past two years, I am interested in using Debian as my desktop OS.By default Linux mint can play all the audio and video formats

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: Legal To Use Plugins To Reverse Extension Formats?

Jan 5, 2010

I use Ubuntu for my programming and work but want to watch .movs or listen to .mp3s... only problem is the anti-circumvention law in the USA. So what I'm really trying to find out is what's legal and what's not? is reverse engineering an mp3 file to a file that ubuntu can read illegal?

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: Legal To Use Restricted Software / Formats / Plugins?

Jul 12, 2010

Is it legal to use restricted software/formats/plugins? I read a lot, but I was not able to find an answer.I'm talking about usage of mp3, flash, nvidia drivers, gstream plug-ins.I read that it depends on the country, but I couldn't find the list of countries where is it legal where not.(im from Lithuania)

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: Play All Types Of Audio & Video Formats?

Sep 14, 2010

How to play all types of Audio & Video formats in Ubuntu.

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: Skipping Through Wma Files Even With Restricted Formats Installed?

Nov 23, 2010

I can play WMAs with MPlayer but when I try to skip forward a few minutes it plays for a split second, and then plays at another random part of the video making it impossible to play a WMA from anywhere but the beginning.

mplayer -demuxer lavf ccent01.wmv.The above command opens the video but there is no menubar, scroll bar, or any reaction to right click although strangely scrolling my mouse wheel seems to randomly skip through the video. In VLC when trying to play the same file I get the error:

No suitable decoder module: VLC does not support the audio or video format "wmas". Unfortunately there is no way for you to fix this. No suitable decoder module: VLC does not support the audio or video format "MSS2". Unfortunately there is no way for you to fix this.After converting the .wma file to .mpg, and also .avi using a command similar to:

Code: mencoder ccent01.wmv -ofps 23.976 -ovc lavc -oac copy -o ccent01.mpg. There is no change playing the file with mplayer and in VLC it now only gives one error: Code: No suitable decoder module: VLC does not support the audio or video format "wmas". Unfortunately there is no way for you to fix this. I'm preparing for a Cisco exam later in the week and would like to spend tomorrow watching hours of computer based training videos but would rather not have to do it in Windows. Already tried using Media Player Classic in WINE but it crashed. Is there a workaround? Oh and I already have ubuntu-restricted-extras installed.

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: Audio Formats: Identification - Conversion - Figure Out What Format A File Is In?

Apr 12, 2010

I think that the biggest problem that I have had is that some of the music (and audio books) that I have gotten have not played on my walkman, or have not been able to be downloaded in to I-tunes.

First: I hate itunes... I only try to make it work because I love my wife. (and do not want her to hit me)

Second: I know that my Walkman has a very limited range of files that it can play, so I will need to convert some types of files.

But my basic questions:

* How can I figure out what format a file is in?
* Below that, how can I identify the singular characteristics of a file? (bit rate, and other formats...)
* Is there a best way to switch the formats or format options of these files. (I am currently using sox to do this, it seems to very complete)

Basically. I know nothing! The most that I do not know is that two files that as far as I can tell have the same formats, and should work the same never the less, one of them works, the other does not. I am looking to figure out a way to look at these files (maybe they are mislabeled) and figure out what their real format is (and a more complete format than just being MP3 or such) and then to be able to convert it in to a format that is able to be used by myself and/or my wife.

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: Any Video Editing Program That Can Save To Uncompressed File Formats

Aug 4, 2011

I would like to ask if there is any video editing program that can save to uncompressed file formats.

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General :: Audio Restricted Formats In Ubuntu 10

Mar 29, 2010

I have just installed ubuntu 10.04. How do I install encoders for window audio media files? I had them installed on 9.04 but that was over a year ago. I seem to have forgoten.*

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General :: Banshee Doesn't Play All Media Formats

Sep 14, 2010

After installing and gradually becoming familiar with OpenSUSE v11.2 [Gnome], I've been casually trying to get acquainted with the Bash shell and its commands. However, for this problem I thought it would be more appropriate to log in here, since this issue is a bit more serious. Accordingly, I'm afraid that I must once again prevail upon the helpful, patient, knowledgeable Linux users in this forum for assistance.As a retiree and a doting grandfather, I enjoy the luxury and time to take numerous videos of my children and grandchildren, and one of the features to which I've become spoiled in Windows is the ability to play a wide variety of video formats. Unfortunately, "out of the box", Banshee appears to refuse to play any of them. Somehow, using YaST, I was able to get online flash video to work by downloading and installing recommended packages, and it worked the first time after re-booting my system! However, I'm not having as much luck with installing video codecs that I apparently need to play my own video files. I wish these codecs had come pre-installed on the OpenSUSE disc that I burned, but you can't always get what you want. [Wasn't that the title of a 60's or 70's Rolling Stones song?]

I guess where I need help, specifically, is in determing where to get and how to install the best free video player and a comprehensive codec package that will work reliably in OpenSUSE. Would some kind soul out there be able to take me by the hand and show me, step by step, exactly what I must do to achieve this goal? I was hoping to be able to use the automatic package installer, but when I tried it, I noticed diagnostics informing me that I lacked certain dependencies, and that I should install manually, which I assume requires using the command line. I have no objection to trying this, if someone would be kind enough to show me exactly how. I really would like to be able to watch my grandchildren playing without having to depend upon one of my Windows systems.

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General :: Converting Video Formats To Enable Dvd Burn?

Feb 6, 2010

I have movies downloaded onto my Linux based system and want to convert them so I can burn them to ddvd so I can watch from my couch. I have found a couple for windows but not Linux. By the way I running Mint 8 -X64.

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General :: Ubuntu Gnome Desktop Launcher Icon Formats?

Feb 28, 2011

A few years back PNG graphics could be used as launcher icons. This does not work on Ubuntu 10.10, while SVG works. Is there any reliable documentation?

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: Convert Ogg To Mp3 - Sox My.ogg My.mp3: "sox FAIL Formats: Can't Open Output File `x.mp3': SoX Was Compiled Without MP3 Encoding Support"

Sep 17, 2010

I have a few ogg files that I want to put on my phone. My phone doesn't play oggs, so I need to convert. It's just an audiobook so I really don't care about quality. Oddly, nothing I try seems to be up to the task. Here's what I tried so far:

sox my.ogg my.mp3: "sox FAIL formats: can't open output file `x.mp3': SoX was compiled without MP3 encoding support" mencoder: wants video too?? Wha?? vlc (from GUI): "p, li { white-space: pre-wrapStreaming / Transcoding failed: It seems your FFMPEG (libavcodec) installation lacks the following encoder: MPEG Audio layer 1/2/3. If you don't know how to fix this, ask for support from your distribution.

This is not an error inside VLC media player. Do not contact the VideoLAN project about this issue." lame my.ogg my.mp3: "sorry, vorbis support in LAME is deprecated." audicity (via GUI): success..but I'm now going to have to somehow script it. This is very annoying. It makes me want to rip directly into mp3 from now on. Is there an easy way to convert an ogg file to an mp3 from the command-line?

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General :: Totem Won't Play Common Video Formats - An Error Occurred

Dec 13, 2009

Debian Lenny Gnome
Intel Celeron, 1100MHz, 512k

Earlier today I downloaded a video of a Mozilla Project preview, in MP4. Of course, it won't play. All I get is the audio, and this error:


"An error occurred. The playback of this movie requires a H.264 decoder plugin which is not installed."

I put in some time, researching this issue, trying to figure it all out. I guess I'm looking in the wrong places. Is this a proprietary format issue? Also, when I was overdosing on XP, my media drug of choice was Klite mega codec pack (from It literally plays every media format, audio and video. In addition to fixing the above issue, can somebody guide me to an equivalent player with codecs for [insert any media type here]? I have several Terrabytes of various video and audio files, and prefer to not convert them all.

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General :: Find Unique Extensions Or Formats In Deep Folder Structure

Jul 11, 2011

I have a deep folder structure on my RHEL 5.x file system which is supposed to have only word(*.doc, *.docx) or pdf(*.pdf) files. But I want to check if there are files with any other extensions which exist. Is that possible?

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General :: Windows - Fastest (and Least Number Of Steps) Way To Migrate Hard Drive Formats?

Feb 19, 2011

I have an ext2 formatted disk (linux) and I need to reformat it to NTFS (windows). Problem is, I have to retain the 750 GB of data that's on the disk. What's the quickest (least number of steps) way to accomplish this? I do have a spare 1TB disk now to help with the transfer.

Background.I've been using XBMC Live for a couple of years, but with all the problems I've been having lately, I'm moving over to the Windows version. Unfortunately all of my media is stored on an ext2 formatted disk (not the same disk as the OS disk).I was thinking of loading up an Ubuntu live disk, and installing ntfs-config. Mount my secondary disk (already formatted NTFS), transfer the files, reformat the original drive, load windows and transfer the files back.

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General :: Command Line - Unix - Program That Can Handle All Popular Compression/archiving Formats - E.g.tar, Gzip, Bzip2, Zip?

Jun 22, 2011

I sometimes get confused by the varying command line options I need to run common Unix archiving and compression software (e.g. gzip, bzip2, zip, tar).

Is there a program out there that can just Do What I Mean for common cases? For example:

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OpenSUSE Multimedia :: Trying To Play Xvid File / Cannot Play All File Formats

Sep 13, 2010

I downloaded the xvid codec from: PackMan:: Informationen zum Paket xvidcore, and the install was successful.I'm trying to play an xvid file, and Kaffeine is saying it cannot play all file formats, would I like to install additional support. When I click yes, it asks me for additional repositories.

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Ubuntu :: OpenOffice 3.01 Not Working Right With MS Formats?

Jan 3, 2010

I just installed the latest version of OpenOffice (version 3.0.1) from Synaptic on Jaunty. OpenOffice can read MS Office 2007 files but cannot save in their format (docx or xlsx). So if I edit a docx document I cannot save it in the same format.

Why can I not save in the MS Office 2007 format? How can I fix this?

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Ubuntu :: How To Install SO File Formats

Oct 17, 2010

I have installed Lucid on my HP tx2000 64bit laptop and trying to get the Adobe flash plugin. I have the beta version of the 64-bit plugin from the Adobe website, but it has a .so file that I cannot realise how to install.

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Ubuntu :: Can't Open .bok File Formats

May 19, 2011

I just downloaded ubuntu for the first time and loving the software...but few do i open .bok file formats in ubuntu.

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Software :: Vlc Player To Play All Formats?

Jan 31, 2010

hi am a using ubuntu 9.10...i want a vlc player to play all formats...i dont hav an internet connection..can i download from some site and install vlc player..if yes giv me d link also...?

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Ubuntu :: Defult Formats In OpenOffice?

Sep 7, 2010

I have been following this guide to ensuring that your Linux converts stay with you to create a noob-proof Ubuntu ISO image with remastersys. I want to know how to set the default file formats in OpenOffice to Microsoft formats to ensure that the newbies who use this ISO image don't create documents that their friends can't open.

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