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Darwin Streaming Server on Ubuntu

May 7th, 2010

The Darwin Streaming Server (DSS), Apple’s open-source version of the Quicktime Streaming Server, is a great little piece of software for streaming your Quicktime movies. Where it really shines is in its ability to stream .ogg videos to mobile devices.

However, getting it installed on Ubuntu can be a bit frustrating (it is primarily designed to run on Fedora). The following guide includes the patches you need to get DSS up and running on Ubuntu 8.04 (and possibly later versions as well, haven’t tested that yet).

Append Videos With Mencoder

November 10th, 2009

Mencoder, the free audio / video transcoding software packaged with MPlayer, offers a free command line (CLI) method for combining many video clips into one. Read the rest of this entry »

Hard Drive Permissions Fix

September 25th, 2009

Yesterday one of our internal media drives got locked up so we no longer had read or write access even from the Admin account of our Mac Pro. Read the rest of this entry »

Create new menu for existing DVD

September 22nd, 2009

This tutorial explains how to create a new menu for an existing DVD (one that has already been authored and burned to disc) without requiring the original project files. It does so without recompressing or otherwise modifying the video tracks or other menus.

This is done entirely with freeware running on Windows XP. Read the rest of this entry »

Video still frames with VLC

September 14th, 2009

In the past I have had a lot of people ask me about how to capture still frames from video files. Now, if you are a professional or student video editor with access to programs like Avid and Final Cut Pro then you probably know a method for doing this already, within those software suites.

However, there is a much simpler, free method of capturing still frames Read the rest of this entry »

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