By default, Ubuntu or Xubuntu cannot read encrypted DVDs. To be able to do so, run the following command in a terminal: $ sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/install-css.sh <enter>
While there are many tools to convert audio CD's from one format to another, here's another way to convert audio CDs to MP3 in Ubuntu. Insert the audio CD you want to convert in the CD drive Copy the tracks on the audio CD to wav files using: $ cdparanoia -B <enter> To convert to … Continue reading Convert audio CD to MP3 using Sound Converter in Ubuntu
Start up a terminal window in Ubuntu. Enter the commands below. $ sudo apt-get purge rhythmbox <enter> $ sudo apt-get autoremove <enter> This will remove rhythmbox completely. You will not see it in the Sound Settings menu in the system tray too.
You can get full 5.1 surround sound in Linux using Gnome MPlayer. Here is what needs to be done. Install Gnome MPlayer and mplayer following the instructions using your distribution's repository. Visit http://www.lynnemusic.com/surround.html to download a 5.1 surround sound audio file to test the settings. Start up Gnome Mplayer. Select Edit -> Preferences from the … Continue reading 5.1 Surround Sound in Linux – Gnome MPlayer
After damage to 2 high end Logitech headsets I owned after the use of unbranded USB sound cards, I finally settled for an economical, higher end USB sound card. The Steel Series Siberia USB Sound card. It is advertised as a very good card for gaming, but I also found it most suited for use … Continue reading USB sound card for laptops without 3.5 mm headset jacks
At times, video files are encoded in a webm format. The webm format was introduced sometime in 2010 enabling support to embed it within HTML 5 files. If you want to convert video from the webm format to mp4, you can use ffmpeg as follows: $ ffmpeg -i video.webm video.mp4
A MKV format video file can be played back on Linux using VLC. You can get VLC from your distribution's package repository or you can download it from http://www.videolan.org/vlc. VLC is also available for Windows, and is one of the best swiss-army knife kind of media players available.