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HEVC (x265) on Ubuntu 15.04 is not working (even after installing vlc-plugin-libde265)

I tried installing ppa from strukturag with the vlc plugin but every time I play a movie, I get a green layer over the video. On other players, such as smplayer, it only plays the audio without any ...
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Video freezes every few seconds

I have problems playing videos on my Ubuntu 10.10 machine. The video FREEZES every 20-25 seconds, while I could still hear the audio. I use Totem Movie Player (GStreamer) & have nVidia on-board ...
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How to download youtube videos as a best quality audio mp3 using youtube-dl

I want to download YouTube videos as mp3 files in its best quality. The below code helps to download youtube videos as m4a but not us mp3 youtube-dl -f bestaudio --audio-quality 0 --audio-format mp3 ...
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How to check how long a video (mp4) is using the shell?

I need to ftp upload all the mp4 files in a directory with length > 4 minutes using the shell. I can't find any script to check how long a video is. Does anybody have any idea how to do that? Thank ...
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Why do the video players make no sound?

I get sound just fine using Chrome (e.g. YouTube) or with Rhythmbox playing an MP3. However, VLC, Xine, and the default Ubuntu "Videos" make no sound, whether with MP4, FLV, or MP3. How do I fix ...
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Does 'Unredirect fullscreen Windows' option in compiz improve performance for video playback?

I found this option in CCSM. It's unchecked by default. There's a tooltip explaining that it allows drawing on fullscreen windows to not be redirected to offscreen pixmaps.
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Youtube causing black screen in chrome?

The issue started when I updated google chrome to the latest version; I'm not positive, but I think I went from version 31 to 38. When I go to youtube and click to play a video, the screen goes black ...
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youtube-dl stopped working

On my 12.04 LTS I can't download from YouTube via youtube-dl. I used to do that, but recently (for a week) I'm not able. I tried on many videos and I get same output: $ youtube-dl -t ...
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Why can't I watch video after installing the original ffmpeg fork from Jon Severinson's PPA?

I just installed the Jon Severinsson ffmpeg PPA, and I cant watch any video and get audio only, I get a need extra plugins needed install? and then packaged dependencies could no be resolved . Here ...
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Recording a youtube live stream using vlc

I'm trying to set vlc to record a live stream on youtube using cron. Vlc records videos that aren't live streaming just fine, but when the stream is live vlc records at most only 24 seconds. Why ...
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UBUNTU 14.04 cheese booth not detect webcam

Cheese Booth shows an error: There was an error playing video from the webcam I test if webcam works fine or not by opening google hangout, its works fine. Please tell, what is the issue in ...
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Sony Vaio FW350 reboots instead of waking up after sleep/suspend

After I suspend and try to wake up my laptop it just automatically reboots every time. I had this problem in 11.04, but it happened occasionaly. Now I'm with 11.10 and it occurs every time. It is a ...
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Split ogg-theora video files without re-encoding?

Good evening all, I have decided to rip my entire DVD collection to Ogg-Theora video, specifically a few different TV series' that I have so I don't have to keep digging the discs out. To do this, ...
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ubuntu and vlc — make default and hue

I have recently installed vlc. I have found that when i play videos on vlc, the hue of the color of the video is off. I have to constantly readjust it. Also how can i make vlc my default player for ...
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Creating a video from an audio file in Ubuntu?

I have recorded an audio file, and would like to upload it to Youtube. But Youtube requires me to convert it firstly to video. So how do you do that in Ubuntu? Thanks!
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How can I lock the keyboard and mouse when playing video

I'd like to set up my Ubuntu 12.04 laptop so that I can play a video on loop while my computer is unattended, while not allowing anyone to take over without a password. I think this could go one of ...
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CLI: Extract metadata, properties from video files

I would like to extract some properties and metadata from video files, e.g.: Resolution Codec Sound quality and format How do I do it form the command line?
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What software could I use to do video surveillance?

I'm trying to set up a video surveillance system at home. Is there a software system out there that is easy enough for a beginner/basic user of 12.04 to set up and use? I've been attempting to ...
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Install latest ffmpeg for all users in Debina/Ubuntu

I installed ffmpeg on my Ubuntu using this guide This is working just fine and I know that guide is for installing ffmpeg for the current user. Can anybody help me to install ffmpeg for all users? ...
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Thunar Disable video Thumbnails only

Is there a way in Thunar (within XFCE) to disable displaying of Video thumbnails only and still allow Picture thumbnails? I found this thread: Show me only picture thumbnails But that is for ...
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All video thumbnails fail to be generated

Not a single video thumbnail is being generated and shown in Nautilus. The folder ~/.cache/thumbnails/fail/gnome-thumbnail-factory/ keeps getting filled for all of them. I tried removing all the ...
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How to play back multiple videos, stopping after each one?

I want to watch a number of trailers and make notes inbetween each one. So, instead having them play one after the other without stopping, I want each one to automatically stop once it's done, and ...
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After flash player update, videos speeds up on YouTube

As stated in the title, the videos which I was watching with normal speed, now I see with x2 the speed or even more. I was so excited that there was a Flash Player update and now (like always) it ...
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How do I reinstall the default (non-proprietary) display drivers?

I, I've installed Ubuntu 11.10 on my dual screen PC and everything worked flawlessly. Then they asked me about proprietary drivers: ATI. I said "ok install them". Now it doesn't work on my dual ...
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How do I stop xscreensaver during movies play?

I'm running Ubuntu 12.04. I installed xscreensaver in place of gnome.screensaver. My problem is that I cannot get the screensaver to stop popping up when I'm watching a movie on Movie Player. I have ...
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How can I reduce the file size of a video from the command-line?

I want to reduce the size of a video size. The video may be .flv, .avi, etc. I want it done from the terminal. How can I do that?
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Desktop recording software with keypressing hints

I am looking a desktop recording software like democreator, which can automatically create tool tips of the input key pressed in the video being recorded, such as when I press Alt+Tab, it creates a ...
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Bursts of white noise sound when playing videos

I've recently freshly reinstalled Ubuntu, and Mythbuntu, on all my computers. On one of my computers, Mythbuntu 11.10, when I play a video, when it starts, I get a burst of white noise (static) that ...
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Tearing intel HD 3000 with Ubuntu 11.10 (AMD 64)

Good evening, I have a problem to eliminate the annoying "tearing" of my current video card intel HD 3000 (Sandy Bridge CPU). Installing Ubuntu 10.11 (AMD64) the bug is now known (but does not seem ...
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Newly installed Firefox 43 crashes when videos are played

Both my wife and I have 12.04LTS on our desktop PCs. Last Saturday a routine apt-get upgrade upgraded us from Firefox 42.0 to Firefox 43.0. The new version crashes consistently if you try to play and ...
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Hardware acceleration unavailable under Chrome with proprietary fglrx driver

When I fullscreen a HD YouTube video or do other stuff that should be hardware accelerated, Chrome slows to a crawl. Taking a look at chrome://gpu shows this: Canvas: Software only, hardware ...
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How can I convert my mp4 files to avi using avconv?

I need to convert some mp4 files to another format (I chose avi: there may be a better one, suggestions welcome). I tried using ffmpeg but got the deprecated message so I am using avconv, but again ...
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Saving subtitles found by the VLC extension “Subtitle Finder”?

I found a VLC script called 'Subtitle finder' (here) that downloads and displays video subtitles 'on-the-fly': they are downloaded and displayed during playback, and it works great, but does not saves ...
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How to add MIME Type for the Apache webserver?

In ubuntu, i am running simple html page that can run mp4 video, i have configured Apache Server and have run simple test page for hello world, its working fine. In Apache Webserver i have read that ...
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Record from VHS tapes

I recently got a USB TV Tuner card. I want to digitize old family VHS tapes. However the TV Tuner card driver doesn't do audio, only video. I have plugged a 3½mm jack from the video machine my laptop. ...
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How to speed up video footage to make a timelapse video?

I've taken footage of sunsets and traffic etc and would like to make my hour long footage last only 30secs or so, what software can I use to perform this. Thank you for your time. Phil
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Will videos/slides from the UDS be available?

Will videos/slides from the UDS be available on the internet and if so where? I've been searching for them but all I could find was some session logs.
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rip (transcode) multiple titles, from a tv series dvd, automatically

I want to rip some tv series. dvd::rip doesnt allow me to transcode all the titles with one click, which means doing the same process many times (20~ eps x many seasons= many videos). Is there any ...
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How can I automate creation of videos from an image and an audio track?

There are many videos on sites such as Youtube that simply contain album art and an audio track. This is easy to do with tools such as openshot or pitivi but it is time consuming. Is there a script or ...
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Ubuntu 14.04: Videos refusing to go fullscreen and freeze on Firefox

In Firefox on Ubuntu 14.04, just upgraded from 13.10, I can't make any video full screen without issues. When I tried it usual do this: video freezes, and sometimes you can hear the audio, but not ...
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Converting images into video

I found a method on internet to use avconv to make a video from images, but the quality is very poor. I set the resolution but it didn't help. avconv -i "franc%04d.jpg" -r 30 -s:v 1280x720 a.mkv ...
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OpenShot creates 0 byte DVD files

I've created an OSP file with OpenShot, and I wanted to export it as a DVD file. As this is my very first project, I've checked some how-to-websites and blogs where it was clearly explained how I ...
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Video playback not working in Ubuntu 11.10 [closed]

(Ubuntu 11.10, Gnome Classic with Compiz, Nvidia graphics card) This problem occurs with every and all video, whether it's a Youtube video in Firefox, an AVI file in movie player, or any other video. ...
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Flash video doesn't work after upgrade to 11.10

I've found that after upgrading to 11.10 (32 bit), I can no longer watch streaming flash video on sites such as Ustream or Justin.tv. I've spent the last several hours installing this package and ...
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Screen flickers in response to <Super>P, can't bind it to anything

I'm running Ubuntu 11.04 on ThinkPad Edge 11" and no matter what X session or wm I use, P makes widgets blank out for a fraction of a second. After a quick search through gconf and XF86 symbol tables ...
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Can I improve HD video playback for an NVIDIA card?

I'm using a NVIDIA card with the proprietary drivers, it can play HD videos but lags. Is there a way to buffer frames or something? FX 5500, 173.xx (legacy, the new version does not support this ...
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Recommendations for a backup solution?

I'm looking for a backup solution for a specific use case. If none exists, then I'm tempted to make one. I have a large and growing collection of video files. On my workstation I have a fairly large ...
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ATI: Multiple Video Card / Monitor Setup — Need help getting it working

So I currently have a dual-ati video card setup on my laptop. A low-power one and a high power one. In windows 7 the drivers switch video cards when on external vs internal power. Also one of the ...
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How do I Record a console session?

I know how to get to the console on my computer by pressing Ctrl Alt F1 - F6. When I run a screen recording program and switch to console and then switch back by pressing Ctrl Alt F7, I save the ...
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Re-streaming tv to iPad

I use "air video server" (and "air video client") to stream videos from my computer to my iPad. Recently I found TV-MAXE (which is a sopcast client, I guess) for watching tv on Ubuntu. Is there a way ...