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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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How to watch Apple keynote videos from the website

I just noticed that I am unable to watch Apple's keynote videos on Ubuntu 12.10. Neither Firefox nor Google Chrome works. I am however, able to view all the advertisement videos for all products on ...
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Tweaking smplayer for quality over performance

Hi I don't know a lot about video players or codecs and that sort of thing, and I am trying to squeeze the best possible quality picture out of Mplayer (I am using the SMplayer front end). My ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Speeding up a video with audio [closed]

I am trying to speed up an MP4 video (and save it)! I tried different tools (including openshot, ffmpeg), but the problem is that the video is played at a faster speed, but the audio is gone! Does ...
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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 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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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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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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Deshaking videos using script

How can I deshake my video? I try to use transcode: transcode -J stabilize --mplayer_probe -i "input.MTS" But it causes a segfault. Trying to use ffmpeg filters: ffmpeg -i "input.MTS" -vf ...
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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 ...