How to convert image, audio and video formats on Ubuntu

If you need to work with a variety of image, audio and video files encoded in all sorts of different formats, you are probably using more than one tools to convert among all those heterogeneous media formats. If there is a versatile all-in-one media conversion tool that is capable of dealing with all different image/audio/video […]
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How to install and configure Nvidia Optimus driver on Ubuntu

Nvidia Optimus is a hybrid GPU system which utilises what is known as “discrete switching” and has been long associated with headaches and limitations on Linux systems. After years of wait, Ubuntu 14.04 with its shiny new kernel finally shipped with proprietary driver compatibility that can be installed easily. This article will guide you through […]
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What is good video editing software on Linux?

A video editor allows you to handle various post-production video editing jobs which typically involve arranging, cutting, pasting, trimming, and otherwise enhancing (e.g., adding effects to) video clips through the timeline interface. In modern video editing software, things like multi-codec import/transcoding, non-linear video editing, or even HD video support are pretty much standard nowadays. In […]
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How to watch free online TV on Linux

Wanted to watch TV on your Linux box, and preferably for free? FreetuxTV is an online TV player which was originally developed to let the subscribers of French ISPs (e.g., Free, Orange, SFR) watch live TV channels streamed by those ISPs. Over time, FreetuxTV has added additional free online TV, web radio and webcam channels […]
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How to watch live streaming video from the command line on Linux

There are quite a few popular live streaming services on the web (e.g., Dailymotion, YouTube Live, UStream, etc.). Most of these streaming services are accessed from a web browser via flash plugin. If you heavily use some of those services on Linux, you may notice that your web browser sometimes becomes unresponsive or otherwise consumes […]
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How to convert video to animated gif image on Linux

Once thought of as outdated art forms, animated GIF images have now come back. If you haven’t noticed, quite a few online sharing and social networking sites are now supporting animated GIF images, for example, on Tumblr, Flickr, Google+, and partly on Facebook. Due to their ease of consumption and sharing, GIF-ed animations are now […]
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How to identify video formats from command line on Linux

If you want to know what video/audio codec are used for the video file you downloaded from somewhere, you can play the video itself. Most media player software such as VLC or MPlayer can display properties of a video file being played. However, there are command-line utilities that allow you to determine video properties quickly. […]
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