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Getting Netflix to Run on Mint 15 (Olivia)

July 13, 2014 - 1:22 pm

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This turned out to be a bit tricky and required some digging. Here’s what worked for me: Install Pipelight Follow the instructions here to install Pipelight (which uses Wine to run the Silverlight plugin that Netflix needs): Pipelight Installation Instructions For me, this meant running the following commands: sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pipelight/stable sudo apt-get update sudo […]

Installing Tiny Tiny RSS on Raspbian

March 8, 2014 - 5:34 pm

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Just finished installing Tiny-Tiny RSS on my pi. I was able to use the automatic configuration wizard, but had to do a bit of fiddling to get it to work. Here are the steps I followed: 1) download the latest tt-rss package: 2) Move, decompress, and rename it in my web server directory sudo […]

Creating Camera Ready Artwork Using the Gimp

November 9, 2011 - 5:43 pm

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I’m creating some business cards and my print shop needs PDF format output with a CMYK colour profile. Neither of these can be done with the Gimp as installed, so this is what I had to do in Ubuntu Oneiric Ocelot with Gimp 2.6.11 to finish the task: 1) install gimp-plugin-registry and icc-profiles from the […]

Canon Vixia HV40 HDV Format Notes

September 3, 2010 - 8:29 pm

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So far I have always converted my HDV footage to NTSC before editing. For a small project I’m working on now, I’ve decided to try working directly with the raw HDV footage. This thread explains why my m2t files show up as 1440×1080 even though they can be edited as 1920×1080 (aka 1080i). It has […]

Using Smugmug as a Photo Backup Location

April 3, 2010 - 12:11 pm

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I’ve finally gotten around to uploading my photo collection. I’ve decided to pay for a subscription to and so far I’m happy with it. I chose not to use Flickr or other options because I wanted a site which I could use as a private one-to-one backup of my personal store of photos. I […]

Web Video

April 1, 2010 - 10:13 pm

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I’ve been experimenting with video codecs and formats for uploading video to the web (Facebook, Youtube, etc.). Encoding for the Web To make a tiny file, you can encode files this way: ffmpeg -i foo.dv foo.mp4 For better quality output, there are a number of variables you can control. I’m starting with two assumptions for […]

Extract Audio Track from a Video File

February 23, 2010 - 10:36 pm

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I needed to isolate the audio track from an HDV video I captured from my camera. This command worked great: mplayer -dumpaudio video.m2t -dumpfile audio.mp3 as discussed here: UPDATE: To extract wav audio data from a dv file, I had to use this command: ffmpeg -i video.dv -vn -acodec copy audio.wav Details here:

Video Production on Linux Workshop

December 16, 2009 - 6:07 pm

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I’m putting on a workshop/demo this evening to introduce some people to open source software and Linux for video editing. Here are the handouts: linux_video. Thanks to Western Arctic Moving Pictures for hosting the workshop!

Scripts for Monkeying with Cinelerra XML

November 30, 2009 - 2:53 pm

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I’ve moved my Cinelerra projects from one directory path to another and scrambled a few things in the process. I’ve written a few bash scripts which helped me sort things out. In the process, I’ve learned a bit about the xml format which Cinelerra uses to store references to files and edits. When you add […]

Remove Unused Assets from a Cinelerra XML Project File

November 30, 2009 - 2:44 pm

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This is a bash script to remove all the unwanted assets from a Cinelerra project XML file. I needed it to cut out bloat from a project I was working on which had hundreds of unused resources after I split the project up into ten minute chunks. Doing so stopped Cinelerra from crashing when I […]