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App to create a Video from an MP3 File and GIF Picture(s)?

Is there a an app that allows me to create a Video from an MP3 file (as Audio stream) and one, or more Pictures, such as GIF, PNG, JPG (animated or not)? So far I've found Pitivi, which appears to do ...
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Downloading videos to an external drive with youtube-dl

My Hard drive has very little free space left. Thus I am trying to get youtube-dl to save the videos onto my external drive. With no luck, so far. Has anyone tried that? Or any ideas on how to ...
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Should I switch to Xubuntu for better Flash video performance?

I have HP Mini 2133 netbook, with 1200MHz processor and 2GB of RAM. I am currently using the normal Ubuntu. But, Flash videos (on YouTube, etc.) do not play smoothly. I tried all optimizations, but ...
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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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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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I'm looking program for vector based animation/video

I want to create a video. The idea is to make a large (fixed) image where camera is flying above. I am familiar with Inkscape so I would prefer to make the image with it. I need a program to move the ...
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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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Smooth fullscreen 1080p playback

My computer has a PCI Express x16 socket on the motherboard. What is the minimum graphics card I need to get smooth fullscreen 1080p playback?
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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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Mouse lag after upgrading to Ubuntu 14.04

I was running Ubuntu 13.10 with no issues and decided to upgrade to Ubuntu 14.04 recently. Since I've upgraded I've noticed that my mouse starts to lag after I play a movie via xbmc or a video on ...
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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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Playing DVD Video stored on hard-drive

I am using Movie Player (under Applications -> Sound and Video) to play dvd-video files that are copied on hard-drive. But it's not playing properly. I have to give each .VOB file to player to play. ...
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How to replace a default video player in 10.04?

For example with vlc or any other good player.
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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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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 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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see my desktop on two monitors Lubuntu

Ok I have an ascer aspire with a AMD Radeon HD 6320, when I try to connect a CRT monitor in to it I can see the same desktop in the 2 monitors. I want to see in the 2 monitors se same desktop as a ...
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Will I be able to set a 2560x1440 resolution on a 27" screen?

I just picked up one of those fancy Dell U2711 27" screens that has a maximum resolution of 2560x1440. While I await delivery, I need to upgrade my graphics card to drive this baby as my current one ...
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How can I concatenate several FLV files into one?

I have a handful of FLV files that are in fact a single sequence. I'd like to combine them into a single file, e.g. part1.flv, part2.flv, part3.flv become final.flv. What is the easiest way that I ...
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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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Is there a way to equalize (i.e. drop the bass of) videos?

I have very bassy speakers, and when I watch videos at night, I either can't understand the people talking, or have too much bass for my neighbors. Is there a way to drop the basses of the audio ...
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convert flv for playback on ipad

I like to watch flv videos during downtimes using my ipad. Whats a good tool for converting video files and then tossing them onto the ipad. Primarily I've grabbed a few flv tutorials off you tube. ...
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How to enable Unity 3D support in Ubuntu 12.04 64 bit virtual box with host Windows 7 64 bit?

I installed Ubuntu 12.04 in VirtualBox with host Windows 7 64 bit both but video is a kind of choppy in both vlc & movie player and Ubuntu is running slow,few seconds lagging in every click I do ...
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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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MPlayer: your system is too slow to play this!

I just tried playing back a 1080p AVCHD video file recorded at 60 FPS with my Sony DSLR on my Ubuntu 12.04 workstation, and to my surprise MPlayer was not able to play the video smoothly. I copied the ...
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How to install dot provided by graphviz?

How can install the package? I have to do a test dot -Tpng -o <path> <path> But while installing it fails. $ uname -a Linux GoogleKnockOuter 2.6.38-8-generic #42-Ubuntu SMP Mon Apr 11 ...
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Optimize video filesize without quality loss

Is there a simple way (on the command line - I want to write a script which compresses all videos in a folder) to reduce the filesize of a video (almost) without quality loss? Is there a method which ...
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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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ProRes encoding and decoding?

Is there a way to encode/decode prores mov files (mostly decode)? I've been playing around with ffmpeg and mencoder/mplayer from the ubuntu repos, but they both report that it's an unknown codec. ...
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Why is Flash performing so badly in 10.10 64-bit compared to 10.04 64-bit?

Edit: After discovering some more about the problem (namely that it seems to be caused by waking from suspend) I created a new question. In Ubuntu 10.04 64-bit, I was running the latest 64-bit Flash ...
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HEVC/H265 videos not playing in SM Player

I use SM Player for all videos. Whenever i try to play HEVC/H265 videos sm player doesn't play it. There is no h265 listed in codec list. screen-shot:- http://prntscr.com/92x1is I use Gnome Ubuntu ...
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avconv converting videos in really bad quality

I have this linux command line app called avcon. It is used to converting files. For instance if I have a file called video.mp4 I can run avconv -i video.mp4 video.ogg and it will convert this ...
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NCAA March Madness Live doesn't work

NCAA March Madness Live is a Flash-based video player for the NCAA college basketball tournament that started today. In past years, it worked fine in Linux, but now I get an error that says "Technical ...
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Required plugin could not be found

I have the latest Ubuntu version. When I try to open a .wmv file I got the error : Required plugin could not be found. Python (v2.7) requires to install plugins to play media files of the ...
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Why are embedded flash videos (like youtube) so heavy on the GPU?

I have noticed (in psensor, and listening to the fan) that my GPU is terribly hot when playing youtube videos. What happens at that point? Is this related to Flash in Ubuntu? Youtube in Firefox and ...
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Reduce avi size without losing too much quality

I have a few GBs in .avi videos and I want to convert them to some other format to reduce their size but I don't want to lose a lot of quality, there's text and other graphics in the video than need ...
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How to create videos for websites (personal blog, youtube..)

I am going to start making Ubuntu tutorial videos again but this time around I will like to know what is the best format for uploading videos to my personal blog or to youtube. In the past I was using ...
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How can I detect motion in a long, mostly dull video?

I need a way to scan through hours and hours of recorded video (mp4, mov, avi, doesn't matter, I can fix that) to search for motion. The videos consist of many, many hours of dull nature scenes like ...
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How can I capture video from my Camcorder via USB streaming in Ubuntu?

I have a laptop with 12.04 LTS. I want to import video stored in my camcoder. The camcoder has magnetic tape. How can I import the video using USB streaming, as my laptop does not contains any ...
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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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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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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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Get Workrave to treat video watching as “work”, not rest

I use workrave not just to avoid RSI, but also as a tool to save my eyes. I only have the rest break set up every 70 minutes. The problem is that it treats events like video-watching as inactivity ...
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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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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 ...