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Converting video to perfectly compliant DVDs using MPlayer/MEncoder - part 2

by Michele Alessandrini, in November 2010 (article #396)

You may want to convert a video from a variety of formats to DVD, to be able to watch it on a stand-alone, DVD-only player. DVDs use a quite rigid format. Many user-friendly programs allow you to convert video to DVD format very easily and without having to know video-related aspects. But almost always, the results I got were not 100% DVD-compliant, and, while they could be correctly played in more sophisticated players, they led to bad surprises when moved to cheaper or older devices. It took me much time to correctly tune all the parameters, and I'd like to share this little bit of knowledge with people having the same problems. The solutions I propose here use the MPlayer/MEncoder pair of programs. In addition, some important concepts related to digital video are discussed.

Converting video to perfectly compliant DVDs using MPlayer/MEncoder - part 1

by Michele Alessandrini, in September 2009 (article #395)

You may want to convert a video from a variety of formats to DVD, to be able to watch it on a stand-alone, DVD-only player. DVDs use a quite rigid format. Many user-friendly programs allow you to convert video to DVD format very easily and without having to know video-related aspects. But almost always, the results I got were not 100% DVD-compliant, and, while they could be correctly played in more sophisticated players, they led to bad surprises when moved to cheaper or older devices. It took me much time to correctly tune all the parameters, and I'd like to share this little bit of knowledge with people having the same problems. The solutions I propose here use the MPlayer/MEncoder pair of programs. In addition, some important concepts related to digital video are discussed.

LF tip: Jabber and Firefox via SSH

[Illustration]by Laurent Richard, in December 2006 (article #394). Translated from French to English by Jean-Etienne Poirrier (homepage).

In this short article, also called a tip, I will show you how to use SSH to get around a (too) exacting proxy or firewall. Of course, the SSH port must not be filtered.

Huge screenshots using VNC

by Viktor Horvath, in November 2006 (article #393)

Being between a "tip" and an article in length, this will show you how to produce gigantic screenshots using a VNC virtual desktop. No big magic involved, so it's rather a hint for those who don't know yet the possibilities of VNC.

Book review: Linux Email

by Tom Uijldert, in July 2006 (article #392)

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"Linux Email" is published by PACKT publishing ISBN: 1-904811-37-X. Authors: Magnus Back, Patrick Ben Koetter, Ralf Hildebrandt, Alistair McDonald, David Rusenko and Carl Taylor.

Package Management Made Easy

by Sheng Bao, in June 2006 (article #391)

Many people consider Linux as a tough OS, for its software package management is not that easy as in Windows. At my early time of using Linux, I also tried to find a file like setup.exe in Windows. Additionally, when I was using RPM, I was very afraid of the "dependency hell", which asks me to install other packages in order to meet the dependencies. Now, thanks to the excellent job of many open source enthusiasts, we can find a better way to manage software packages than Windows CNR (click and run) style. This article will introduce you the tools, YUM and APT-GET, for software package acquirement and other toolchains to work with them. Distribution specified package management will also be mentioned.

Design and Implementation of a Linux based 802.11 ad-hoc wireless network

Illustrationby Fahad Saeed, Fahad Ali Arshad and Salman Javed, in December 2005 (article #390)

The design and development of an ad-hoc wireless network for a computer laboratory is described.

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