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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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Converting panasonic .MTS video into high quality mpeg videos?

I have been using WinFF tool to convert panasonic default .MTS videos into mpeg videos. However, I am not happy with the quality of the mpeg video output. Could some one tell me if there are any other ...
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How to edit together split-screen videos?

with what software i can split the screen of a video? putting like 3 videos at the same time in one video....here is an example of what i want to do http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JynWHMAQrHQ
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Using a video file as a 'webcam'

Is there anyway to make video0 point to a video file instead of an actual webcam? We're trying to hook something up using Skype that points to a prerecorded video file instead of a webcam.
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What plugins are needed to use voice/video chat in empathy?

I would like to voice/video chat with google talk contacts in empathy, but the options are disabled. The help page indicates that this may be due to missing plugins. What plugins must I install to ...
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gource export video error “could not find codec parameters”

I want to output a video of gource, I follow this guide Creating videos with gource but I get error on video codec. I also use this guide enable libx264 support on This is my error : gource -o ...
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FireFox video flashing white boxes

I moved to Ubuntu 11 x64 abt 2 weeks ago from Windows 7 x64. I noticed that some videos on FireFox flashes white/black boxes here & there Boxes appear flashing about even before the video ...
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How do I use mp4mux to create mp4 as recommended by Pitivi?

I'm trying to export video for use with the HTML5 tag. I've already created a nice webm encoding but can't create the equivalent mp4 video. The MP4 option in Pitivi says it's not recommended and ...
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Best format for Cinelerra video editor

what is the best input format for Cinelerra? I have tried various combinations of video and audio formats, but none has worked so far. Advance thanks!
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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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Can I make a YouTube Series about programs on the Ubuntu Software Center?

I would like to make a video series of me touring the software center, browsing programs, and introducing others to the Ubuntu Software Center and its programs. Can I do this? I am asking because I do ...
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HBO GO doesn't work

Does anybody know how to get hbo go to work on ubuntu? I have installed hal. Tried it with and without pepperflash. Deleted the flash player folder. None of that works.
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Xubuntu 13.04, Intel video chip, bad color and video

I'm using an Intel mother board (D865G SA), about a 2006 vintage, and using the built in video port. The video chip is Intel 865G Extreme Graphics 2. Previous versions of Xubuntu looked normal, but ...
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Choppy video playback 11.10

I just installed 11.10 and I also installed the ATI prop. driver. Whenever I try to play a mkv file in mplayer, smplayer, or vlc, it is choppy. And in the case of VLC the audio is messed up also. Any ...
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When I full-screen a flash video, it takes over both monitors

If I play a Hulu video in a browser on one monitor and then click the "full-screen" button, the video takes over the whole screen. But a glitchy copy of the video also takes over my second screen. But ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 locks screen without dimming during fullscreen video playing?

I upgraded from 13.10 to 14.04 yesterday, and it appears that something has changed concerning how screen dimming works during fullscreen video playback. This problem does not occur during video ...
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Screen tearing on videos (not flash videos)

I mean video files on my hard drive. I get noticeable screen tearing on VLC, Totem, gnome mplayer and Mplayer. I have tried fglrx drivers and now the experimental AMD drivers. I have a Radeon HD6950 ...
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How to achieve better quality in creating video from .jpg files with avconv? [closed]

I'm trying to make video from many jpg files exported by paraView. I have already found out that 'avconv' can do that but the output quality is just not so good even with -s hd1080 option written in. ...
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How to convert mp4 to mkv?

I have a mp4 video which is 18.5GB, it doesn't has any appreciable quality, and it runs for 2hours and 40 minutes. recently I came across a movie which was saved in mkv format and was of the same ...
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How can I convert an AVI file to a Blackberry-compatible format?

I need a program to convert an AVI file to a format compatible with my Blackberry. On Windows, I've tried format factory and converted the .avi file to .3gp, but the output is of very bad quality.
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How to simply convert video files (i.e.: MKV to MP4)? [duplicate]

I simply want to convert files, any format to any format (at the moment, I need to convert MKV to MP4-h264), without losing quality. I don't want to resize (scale) the video, I don't want to change ...
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Concatenating AVI videos

I have some AVI videos from a vacation. The videos might have different frame rate and resolution, as they came from different cameras. What's the easiest way to concatenate these videos? Is there an ...
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how to convert avi (xvid) to mkv or mp4 (h264)

Very noob when it comes to video. I'm trying to make sense of what I"m finding via Google... but its mostly Greek to me. I have a bunch of Avi files that won't play in my WD TV Play box. Mediainfo ...
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Multiparty video conferencing between Linux/Windows?

I have a group of friends that we are often physically separate, but we like to play old school table top RPG's. A video conferencing solution seems ideal for this. What we need is cross platform, ...
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How To Rename Multiple Photos and Videos Based on EXIF Data?

I often import photos and videos (mostly having JPG and MOV extensions) from digital cameras and tablets to my PC, and I would ideally like to see them sorted according to the dates and times they ...
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How do I add and/or keep subtitles when converting video?

I have a mkv video I want to convert to mp4, but every which way I try and convert it (Handbrake, WinFF, ffmpeg, mencoder,...I lose the video's subtitles. How can I convert the video,keeping the ...
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How to read a movie folder and output information from it

I am looking for a tool or group of tools that combined can read recursively from a folder and output the Name of the folder, name of the movie file, resolution of movie and other info. For example, ...
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Is there a way to make almost all video files work on Ubuntu using a media player, or a codec installation pack?

I used to use Media Player Classic in Windows and it played everything! I've installed VLC on my Ubuntu 12.04 system and while it plays 99% of the files I try to play on it, there are these video ...
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How to convert a mp4 video to MPEG-1 Layer 1?

I need to convert a video to MPEG-1 Layer 1 to make some tests with the software I'm developing. How can I do this conversion?
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What to do with extra video drivers?

I have 11.04 installed, and was poking around and saw that I had more than my Intel Video Drivers installed. Do I need them? What is the best way to "trim the fat"?
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How can I play videos in a framebuffer?

If I don't want to install a GUI, just install a minimal Ubuntu amd64. Ok, but: I heard that I can still run e.g.: Firefox in a "framebuffer" (?), so I'm asking, that how can I run e.g.: a VLC media ...
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Where does the video we play on YouTube go?

usually, the video I played on YouTube completed I can find it on temp folder, but now nothing inside there after being played completely.
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Why isn't a HD Video in 720p played without stops and glitches?

When i try to watch a video with a high HD Resolution 1280 x 720 H264 in Ubuntu it isn't played smoothly. There stops and glitches occur. It's no problem of the CPU or graphicscard, because under ...
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Ubuntu software that can edit .mov files created in Adobe after effects

I need a bit of assistance from the Ubuntu community. I'd like to know if there is a Linux version of Adobe after effects that I can use to open a .mov video file that was created using Adobe after ...
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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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Is it possible to disable the video output in a video player but keep the audio enabled?

I sometimes hide the video player and only listen to music. But it still uses the processor, and my computer gets hot. Is there a way to temporarily disable video output and only play audio, without ...
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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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Play video in VirtualBox guest

I am installing Windows 7 today with Ubuntu 12.04 Beta 2 as a VirtualBox guest. Can Ubuntu (as a guest) play 2D videos within VirtualBox? Is there anything I need to install or enable? I remember ...
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Is it possible to make my system not suspend when playing music and video?

My friend wanted to know if it is possible to get a patch that would allow him to set his computer to not suspend when he is using a video or music player, to include being on youtube? I wouldnt mind ...
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Convert old AVI files to a modern format

we have a collection of old home videos that were saved in AVI format a long time ago. I want to convert these files to a more modern format because the Totem Movie Player that comes with Ubuntu 10.4 ...
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What is the state-of-the-art for using Broadcom Crystal hardware?

I just bought a Dell Mini 1012, which comes with a Broadcom Crystal media accelerator chip. I'd like to know what is the current state-of-the-art with regard to using this hardware on Ubuntu? What I ...
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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 play video in an always-on-top window?

I want to watch an exciting announcement while I do other things on my desktop. So, I'd like to have the video play: in a small window hovering over other windows as I move them around ("always on ...
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How to change the framerate of a video without reencoding

I'm trying to change the framerate of an MP4 video (it's a 120fps GoPro video, I want to play it back at 30fps for a slow-motion effect). I'm using avconv for this: avconv -i SourceMovie.mp4 -vf ...
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Any way to “play to” tv from ubuntu (not a media server)

Like the title says... i'm looking for a way to play music/videos from my media player TO a Tv on the same network. Basically like you can do with windoze media player and have been able to do for a ...
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Anything similar to Maya for making animation-movies under Ubuntu?

Are there any programs similar to Maya, for making animation-movies under Ubuntu? I.e. programs where you make keyframes, and the program fill in the inbetweens. I want to make a short video for ...
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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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How to convert Video to Mp3 in Ubuntu 12.04? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to convert a Video to MP3? I am using 12.04 . I have found a question that have the solution How to convert a Video to MP3? But when i tried the answer i got this ...
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Easiest way to stream videos from my server?

I'd like to download movie torrents from my Ubuntu server as its download speed is much higher than at home. However, it is pretty pointless if I then have to download the movie from my server to my ...
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How to convert an ogv video to an wmv video?

Is there an application for Ubuntu 12.04 to direcly convert an ogv video exceeding 200 MB into an wmv video possibly with a simple GUI (no terminal, no scripts). Is there such an application for ...