Netflix on Linux Mint 17 and Ubuntu 14.04

August 24, 2014 by · 2 Comments
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There have been many tutorials posted on how to get Netflix working on Linux. Personally I've had limited success using the Pipelight plugins. There's good news for Linux users though. Recent development versions of the Chrome browser from Google include the required DRM code to allow HTML5 video streaming from Netflix. The goal of this tutorial is to provide easy instructions to get Netflix streaming working on Linux Mint 17 and Ubuntu 14.04. Read more

How To Rip a DVD with Mplayer

February 6, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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I run a media server at home to feed music and movies to my LG smart TV (affiliate link). Ripping the family's DVD collection is one of my tasks as the resident computer geek. Normally, Handbrake is my go-to tool for this type of thing, but in this case it was unable to detect the correct title from the DVD structure. In this tutorial I'll show how to rip a DVD on Linux with Mplayer.
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Install HandBrake on Linux Mint 13

July 29, 2012 by · 11 Comments
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HandBrake is a program for transcoding video files. By default it transcodes video to H.264 format, so the files get compressed to a reasonable size while retaining high audio and video quality. There are versions available for Windows, OSX, and Linux. In this post I'm going to show how to install it in Linux Mint 13 using an Ubuntu PPA (Personal Package Archive). Read more

Adding Video Captions With Avidemux

January 16, 2011 by · 5 Comments
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I spent some time back in December compiling videos of my daughter for a family DVD. One of the things I wanted to do was to add a small caption to each video clip to document the date of the recording. I ended up using Avidemux and the subtitle video filter to add the captions to the video.

You'll of course need to have Avidemux installed on your system in order to follow this process. Check your distro's repositories. Read more