How to restore music file names from iPod on a Linux computer

After copying music to the iPod, file names and folder names of the music files change to 4 characters with mp3 after them. Unfortunately, these do not identify the music file on an Android device or even the PC. Similarly, folder names too are changed. Could not find a way to get back the folder … Continue reading How to restore music file names from iPod on a Linux computer

Create a VCD from mp4 or mkv files using devede and cdrdao in Linux

At times, we need to create a VCD from any video files we may have saved, like those from cell phones. Those files are already in the MP4 or MKV format. Fortunately, it is easy to create VCDs from such files using devede. 1. Transfer the mp4 or mkv files to the computer. 2. Start … Continue reading Create a VCD from mp4 or mkv files using devede and cdrdao in Linux

Error Couldn’t open DVD device: /dev/dvd (No such file or directory)

Below error appears when creating a avi out of a DVD, is an mencoder error: MEncoder 1.1-4.8 (C) 2000-2012 MPlayer Team libdvdread: Can't stat /dev/dvd No such file or directory libdvdread: Could not open /dev/dvd Couldn't open DVD device: /dev/dvd (No such file or directory) No stream found to handle url dvd://2 Cannot open file/device. … Continue reading Error Couldn’t open DVD device: /dev/dvd (No such file or directory)

Where did ffmpeg on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS go? Use avconv instead

ffmpeg was replaced by libav on the new Ubuntu package list. It is similar, though. ffmpeg -> avconv ffplay -> avplay ffserver -> avserver You can still convert media files using avconv in place of ffmpeg. To install avconv, open a terminal window and type following commands:$ sudo apt-get install libav-tools <enter>

How to convert VCD to MP4 using mplayer in Linux

If you have a VCD and need to create an MP4 file of it's content, use mplayer to do so. If you install just mplayer, you will not get --dumpstream or --dumpfile. To get those parameters, you need to open a terminal window and install mplayer2 as follows:$ sudo apt-get install mplayer2 <enter> Open a … Continue reading How to convert VCD to MP4 using mplayer in Linux

Extract the audio from an MP4 video file using avconv

At times, we would like to extract the audio from an MP4 video file. To do this in Linux, open a terminal window in Ubuntu and use the utility called avconv as follows:$ avconv -i MyVideoFile.mp4 -vn -acodec copy MyAudioFile.aac <enter> where, MyVideoFile.mp4 is your mp4 video file. You can then listen to the MyAudioFile.aac … Continue reading Extract the audio from an MP4 video file using avconv