Posts Tagged ‘media player’

Speed Up Netflix with a VPN

Buy VPNInternet Providers like Comcast, are now throttling your Netflix connection. You may have noticed that if you are on Comcast network your picture quality sucks. This is because Comcast wants you to get all of your content from them, and they are trying to kill other content providers.

We need a way to get our video content on the internet. I have found a great service that takes care of everything. It is called Private Internet Access. This company supplies you with an anonymous VPN tunnel to protect your privacy and not allow Comcast to see what you are streaming. Private Internet Access does not keep VPN logs, so even if your internet provider requests customer information there is nothing for them to provide.
They provide:

  • IP CLOAKING
  • ENCRYPTION
  • FIREWALL
  • IDENTITY PROTECTION
  • UNCENSORED ACCESS

You get all of this for $39.95 for the Whole Year!

Not only that, but they have servers around the world. So if you need to download anything you can route your connections though countries that have more relaxed copyright laws. You can also watch the BBC, or if your outside the united states, you can watch your favorite team at home. They provide access through:

  • Gigabit
  • US – East
  • US – Midwest
  • US – West
  • US – Texas
  • US – Denver
  • US – California
  • US – Seattle
  • US – Florida
  • Canada
  • Canada (Toronto)
  • UK (London)
  • UK (Southampton)
  • Switzerland
  • Netherlands
  • Sweden
  • France
  • Germany
  • Romania

You can set up the VPN access on just about anything and they have great how tos on their site. Supported platforms include:

  • Windows 7
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows XP/2k3
  • Windows NT/2k
  • Mac OS X 10.8
  • Mac OS X 10.7
  • Mac OS X 10.6
  • Mac OS X 10.5
  • Mac OS X 10.4
  • UNIX/Linux
  • iPad PPTP
  • iPad IPSEC/L2TP
  • iPhone/iTouch PPTP
  • iPhone/iTouch IPSEC/L2TP
  • Android PPTP (2.3.4)
  • Android IPSEC/L2TP
  • Android OpenVPN (root)
  • DD-WRT PPTP
  • DD-WRT OpenVPN
  • Tomato OpenVPN
  • PfSense OpenVPN

As well as letting you watch your content in HD, this can also protect you when doing your banking or private business while on un-trusted networks. Do not trust your internet providers to protect you, this is something you must do for yourself. It is your right to have your Netflix as fast as you want!

Fedora 18 Tips and Tricks

Here are my Fedora 18 Tips and Tricks.

I have installed the new version of Fedora, Fedora 18. Here is how I installed everything to make it usable.

I was having problems finding our old friends at dnmouse who made Autoten/Autoplus. So one of my friends told me about Fedorautils.

 

 

 

To install Fedorautils:

su -c "curl http://master.dl.sourceforge.net/project/fedorautils/fedorautils.repo -o /etc/yum.repos.d/fedorautils.repo"

Then,

su -c "yum install fedorautils"

After installation, launch Fedora Utils from Applications > System Tools or type fedorautils in the terminal and start installing.

 

Everything worked great for me. I did need to restart to have the Nvidia drivers work properly, but that is normal.

Now to install the codecs for Fedora 18.

Download http://rpmfusion.org/keys?action=AttachFile&do=get&target=RPM-GPG-KEY-rpmfusion-free-fedora-18

and  http://rpmfusion.org/keys?action=AttachFile&do=get&target=RPM-GPG-KEY-rpmfusion-nonfree-fedora-18

Then you must copy them to your keys directory. Make sure you change the name on the copied file.

su -c  'cp RPM-GPG-KEY-rpmfusion-free-fedora-18 /etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-rpmfusion-free-fedora-18-x86_64'

su -c  'cp RPM-GPG-KEY-rpmfusion-nonfree-fedora-18 /etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-rpmfusion-nonfree-fedora-18-x86_64'

Now you can install your players and codecs.

su -c 'yum install gstreamer1 gstreamer1-plugins-good gstreamer1-plugins-bad-freeworld gstreamer1-plugins-ugly gstreamer1-libav vlc smplayer'

 

 

Another thing you will need is Gnome Teak Tool.
yum install gnome-tweak-tool

Gimp (I use it all the time).
yum install gimp

Libre Office
yum install libreoffice

Here is how to install dropbox on Fedora 18.
Found this how to over on TechnoZeal

http://www.zealfortechnology.com/2013/01/install-dropbox-on-fedora-18.html#comment-form

 

More to come.

Sorry it took me so long to get around to this.

 

 

 

 

Fedora 16 Tips and Tricks

Here is the next installment of  Tips and Tricks, this time for the new Fedora 16. The new Auto Plus from dnmouse.org makes adding all the things that the developers left out of Fedora 16.  The team at dnmouse.org has done a great job for all of us fedora users. For everything else I will show you how to add the software you need.

Get up to date

First I like to make sure I have all my packages up to date.

su -c 'yum update'

This will make sure you are up to date and ready to install all the other software.

Add some new Repos.

su -c 'rpm -Uvh http://rpm.livna.org/livna-release.rpm'

Install Auto Plus

(If you wish to use autoplus on rawahide/f16 then you must install the rpmfusion rawhide repo first, also vbox and dropbox wont work as there is no f16 repo’s yet)

su -c 'yum -y --nogpgcheck install http://dnmouse.org/autoplus-1.2-5.noarch.rpm'

Now just open Auto Plus which should be listed under System Tools and start installing your software.


Make sure to install all the codecs! The Skype installed failed for me.

Skype

You need to install some x86 libraries for skype to work on X64 (catch up skype!)

su -c 'yum install libXScrnSaver.i?86 libX11.i?86 libv4l.i?86 alsa-plugins-pulseaudio.i?86 qt-x11.i?86 libXv.i?86'

Now go to the Skype site and download Skype RPM and install it.

http://www.skype.com/intl/en-us/get-skype/on-your-computer/linux/downloading.fedora

Yumex

Of course install Yumex one of my favorites.

yum install yumex

Open Terminal for Nautilus

This allows you to open a terminal window, with a right button click, in a directory in  the Nautilus file browser.

su -c 'yum install nautilus-open-terminal nautilus-extensions'

Shutdown from the Desktop

I like to do a shutdown right from the desktop. Here is how to add this to Gnome.

su -c 'yum install gnome-shell-extensions-alternative-status-menu'

Then just log out and log back in, then you have the menu below.

 

Add the Date to your Clock

Really simple. Type this in a command line:

gsettings set org.gnome.shell.clock show-date true

 

MakeMKV

MakeMKV is your one-click solution to convert video that you own into free and patents-unencumbered format that can be played everywhere. MakeMKV is a format converter, otherwise called “transcoder”. It converts the video clips from proprietary (and usually encrypted) disc into a set of MKV files, preserving most information but not changing it in any way.

Here is the install process for Fedora. Then do your MP4s with Handbrake.

Handbrake

There is no Fedora 16 version of Handbrake on their site yet but the Fedora 15 seems to work.

http://handbrake.fr/rotation.php?file=HandBrake-0.9.5-1-Fedora15_GUI_i686.rpm (32-bit version)

http://handbrake.fr/rotation.php?file=HandBrake-0.9.5-1-Fedora15_GUI_x86_64.rpm (64-bit version)

 

 

Then you have it!

 

Enjoy,

Fedora 15 Tips and Tricks

With the new release of Fedora 15 I thought I should update the Tips and Tricks. The new Fedora Plus from dnmouse.org makes adding all the things that the developers left out of Fedora 15.  The team at dnmouse.org has done a great job for all of us fedora users. For everything else I will show you how to add the software you need.

Install Fedora Plus

su -c 'yum -y --nogpgcheck install http://dnmouse.org/autoplus-1.1-8.noarch.rpm'

Now just open Fedora Plus which should be listed under System Tools and start installing your software.

Make sure to install all the codecs! The Skype installed failed for me.

Skype

You need to install some x86 libraries for skype to work on X64 (catch up skype!)

su -c 'yum install libXScrnSaver.i?86 libX11.i?86 libv4l.i?86 alsa-plugins-pulseaudio.i?86 qt-x11.i?86 libXv.i?86'

Now go to the Skype site and download Skype RPM and install it.

Yumex

Of course install Yumex one of my favorites.

yum install yumex

Open Terminal for Nautilus

This allows you to open a terminal window, with a right button click, in a directory in  the Nautilus file browser.

su -c 'yum install nautilus-open-terminal nautilus-extensions'

Shutdown from the Desktop

I like to do a shutdown right from the desktop. Here is how to add this to Gnome.

su -c 'yum install gnome-shell-extensions-alternative-status-menu'

Then just log out and log back in, then you have the menu below.

 

Add the Date to your Clock

Really simple. Type this in a command line:

gsettings set org.gnome.shell.clock show-date true

 

MakeMKV

MakeMKV is your one-click solution to convert video that you own into free and patents-unencumbered format that can be played everywhere. MakeMKV is a format converter, otherwise called “transcoder”. It converts the video clips from proprietary (and usually encrypted) disc into a set of MKV files, preserving most information but not changing it in any way.

Here is the install process for Fedora. Then do your MP4s with Handbrake.

Handbrake

Handbrake is now available for Fedora 15. Thanks to apostolos for the update.

There is a Fedora 15 version of Handbrake on their site

http://handbrake.fr/rotation.php?file=HandBrake-0.9.5-1-Fedora15_GUI_i686.rpm (32-bit version)

http://handbrake.fr/rotation.php?file=HandBrake-0.9.5-1-Fedora15_GUI_x86_64.rpm (64-bit version)

 

Then you have it!

 

Enjoy,

Blu Ray Ripping Linux How To

After doing so searching on Blu Ray ripping on Linux I found that no one seemed to have a good how to for Fedora. I also was not finding a method that worked consistently for free, or close to free. I found a great piece of software called MakeMKV. With MakeMKV and our other favortie tool Handbrake. I was able to get Blu Ray ripping working fast and easy.

MakeMKV is free to try for 30 days, after that the ask for 50$ for the purchase. I really think this is a good buy. It was one of the better programs I have found for Blu Ray ripping and they support Linux.

Here are the easy staps to get MakeMKV set up and running on Fedora 14, Fedora 15 and Fedora 16. First I would go through the Fedora 14 tips and tricks , Fedora 15 tips and tricks or  Fedora 16 tips and tricks and get all your codecs installed. Now follow this how to:

1. Install all the software that is required to build this program.

Become SuperUser

su

yum update

 

yum groupinstall "Development Tools"

 

yum install openssl-devel qt4-devel

2. Dowload the Makemkv programs which comes in 2 parts.

http://www.makemkv.com/download/makemkv_v1.7.2_bin.tar.gz

http://www.makemkv.com/download/makemkv_v1.7.2_oss.tar.gz

3. Unpack the downloads.

tar -zxvf makemkv_v1.7.0_bin.tar.gz

 

tar -zxvf makemkv_v1.7.0_oss.tar.gz

4. Build the software.

cd makemkv_v1.7.0_bin

make -f makefile.linux

 

 

su -c 'make -f makefile.linux install'

Repeat for the other directory.

cd makemkv_v1.7.0_oss

make -f makefile.linux

 

 

su -c 'make -f makefile.linux install'

5. Start the program by typing:

makemkv

There you go. MakeMKV should be up and running.

Tip: Only rip the  main movie it is usually  the largest file.

Then run that file through HandBrake.

The Social Network (Two-Disc Collector’s Edition) [Blu-ray]

I rip my Blu Rays with MakeMKV which generates a large .mkv file, 15gig to 30gig and takes about 40 mins  to 2 hours, depending on your computer, for a 2 hour movie. I then run that file through Handbrake to generate a .mp4 or m4v file. This takes about 1.5 hours to 4 hours depending on your computer. Try this, make about 5 mkv files. Then build a queue in Handbrake for all 5 of the files to convert. Start the queue right before you go to bed for the night. Saves a lot of time and electric is usually cheaper at night.

Blu Ray Ripping on Linux Part 1

Blu Ray Ripping on Linux Part 2

Enjoy,

Fedora 14 Tips and Tricks

After having some issues with Ubuntu 10.10 (blackscreen after an update) I decided to try Fedora 14. I was not real happy with Fedora 12 but thought I would give this disto another try. Like always Fedora leaves out some stuff your really need, like CODECS! The codec search tool that comes with Fedora has never worked, never. So here is how to load all the stuff you need or want in your Fedora 14 Distro. You need to get some other repositories that have the codecs and programs that Fedora does not supply. I like RPM Fusion and try to stay to the stable releases.


Add Repos:

rpm -Uvh http://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-stable.noarch.rpm http://download1.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/fedora/rpmfusion-nonfree-release-stable.noarch.rpm

Installing Google Chrome Browser:

To add the google repository edit the file.

gedit /etc /yum.repos.d/google.repo (remove space after etc)

for 32 bit OS Version

[google]

name=Google - i386ff

baseurl=http://dl.google.com/linux/rpm/stable/i386

enabled=1

gpgcheck=1

 

gpgkey=https://dl-ssl.google.com/linux/linux_signing_key.pub

for 64-bit OS Version

[google64]

name=Google - x86_64

baseurl=http://dl.google.com/linux/rpm/stable/x86_64

enabled=1

gpgcheck=1

 

gpgkey=https://dl-ssl.google.com/linux/linux_signing_key.pub

Install Google Chrome Stable Version on Fedora 14

Just type this line on the root terminal

yum install google-chrome-stable

Pidgin Chat Client

yum install pidgin

Autoten installer for all kinds of stuff! Including your Codecs, thanks to dnmmouse.org for this nice little installer.

 

su -c 'yum -y --nogpgcheck install http://dnmouse.org/autoplus-1.2-4.noarch.rpm'


su -c 'rpm --import http://dnmouse.org/RPM-GPG-KEY-dnmouse'

This should have put an Autoten icon on your desktop use that to install all the other codecs you need!

Skype

You need to install some x86 libraries for skype to work on X64 (catch up skype!)

yum install libXScrnSaver.i?86 libX11.i?86 libv4l.i?86 alsa-plugins-pulseaudio.i?86 qt-x11.i?86

Of course install Yumex one of my favorites.

yum install yumex

Flash-plugin 64bit

Download it from here: http://labs.adobe.com/downloads/flashplayer10.html

Then select the 64 bit tar.

Unpack it then move the .so file to

/usr/lib64/mozilla/plugins/ or ~/.mozilla/plugins/

Restart your browser and you got it. This also causes the Chrome browser to flash to work.


Security or MPAA, Why Did Sony Update?

Sony says that the reason for removing the feature is “security reasons”. This is not the real reason that they are dropping the feature. Sony and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) have a very close and integrated relationship. With Linux installed on the PS3 you have the ability to use the PS3 to Rip Blu Rays. The MPAA has not been happy with this for quite some time. They have been putting pressure on many other hardware manufactures that have the ability to stream or copy DVDs and Blu Rays. This is just another example of the MPAA teaming up with other large companies to take away our rights.

Read the full article at http://ps3mediaservers.com

Things Ubuntu forgot

I have had to install Ubuntu on a couple of machines and every time I do, I find somethings that I forgot to install. Of course, Ubuntu doesn’t come with all the codecs you need or DVD playback so I have written a little script that installs everything I need.  I have found most of the info all over the web and just put it into one script that I run post install. The script installs all the codecs I use and a lot of the programs I like.
#!/bin/sh
#ubuntu 9.10 add ons for playing anything

#add repos
sudo wget http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1402212/karmic.sources.list –output-document=/etc/apt/sources.list.d/full.list

#add keys
sudo apt-key adv –recv-keys –keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com 2EBC26B60C5A2783 0DA7581859566E92 D739676F7613768D 43BB102C405A15CB 6AF0E1940624A220 2ED6BB6042C24D89 632D16BB0C713DA6 A6DCF7707EBC211F F9A2F76A9D1A0061 5A9BF3BB4E5E17B5 A040830F7FAC5991 FA3A1271 7FB8BEE0A1F196A8 0CC1223EE2314809 7889D725DA6DEEAA 28A8205077558DD0 2D79F61BE8D31A30 6E871C4A881574DE 66D5C734F6EFB904 DCF9F87B6DFBCBAE 2A8E3034D018A4CE F0876AC9 978228591BD3A65C 6298AD34413576CB FC6D7D9D009ED615 4FEC45DD06899068 2A423FD95416E75D

#update system before new addiotns are made
sudo apt-get -y update && sudo apt-get -y upgrade

#Installing vlc and mplayer (plays almost everything):
sudo apt-get -y install vlc mplayer

#Common codec packs
sudo apt-get -y install non-free-codecs libxine1-ffmpeg gxine mencoder mpeg2dec vorbis-tools id3v2 mpg321 mpg123 libflac++6 ffmpeg libmp4v2-0 totem-mozilla icedax tagtool easytag id3tool lame nautilus-script-audio-convert mozilla-helix-player helix-player libmad0 libjpeg-progs libmpcdec3 libquicktime1 flac faac faad sox ffmpeg2theora libmpeg2-4 uudeview flac libmpeg3-1 mpeg3-utils mpegdemux liba52-dev

#Gstreammer 0.10
sudo apt-get -y install gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg gstreamer0.10-fluendo-mp3 gstreamer0.10-gnonlin gstreamer0.10-pitfdll gstreamer0.10-sdl gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad-multiverse gstreamer0.10-schroedinger gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly-multiverse totem-gstreamer

#More programs
sudo apt-get -y install gstreamer-dbus-media-service gstreamer-tools ubuntu-restricted-extras

#Enable dvd support
sudo aptitude -y install libdvdcss2 && sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/./install-css.sh

#dvd ripping and encoding
sudo apt-get -y install kino handbrake audacity

#compiz config
sudo apt-get -y install compizconfig-settings-manager

#Flash
sudo apt-get -y install gsfonts gsfonts-x11 flashplugin-nonfree

Or you can download the script here PostInstallExtras.sh.
Another thing I like to do is make sure all my Ubuntu installations have the same packages from machine to machine.
First you need to generate a package list file on your current machine.
dpkg –get-selections > selections.txt
Then move that file to the target machine with a jump drive or ssh or ftp or what ever way you can. Then run these commands on the target machine.
dpkg –set-selections < selections.txt
apt-get update
apt-get upgrade
That is all you have to do and both machines have the exact same packages on them.
Fell free to modify theses scripts as you like. They are just here for you to use or modify.

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