Thursday, January 26, 2012

How to Create a Wallpaper Slideshow in Ubuntu 11.10

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:crebs/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install crebs

Select your photos and name your slideshow.

After creating it. Crebs store it as xml file in $HOME/.crebs
Then rename & replace crebs xml file to background-1.xml in the path /usr/share/backgrounds/contest
Right mouse click on Desktop and select: Change Desktop background
Select your slideshow in the appearance window.

If for some reason the crebs repo doesn't work, you can always edit your /usr/share/backgrounds/contest/background-1.xml and change the images path for those which you want to use.

Don't forget to assign proper rights to the xml file. I use to set 666 with chmod command. (chmod 666 background-1.xml)

Enjoy it

Thursday, January 19, 2012


Have you ever needed to increment audio volume level from any of your videos? ok, it is not too common but anyway, there is a powerful tool to help us whit that task. FFmpeg, so I'm going to set the steps here.

1. Remove sound from a video file.

 ffmpeg -i source_video.ogv -an -vcodec mpeg4 -b 1200k just_video.mp4

2. Extract audio from video.

ffmpeg -i source_video.ogv -ab 128k just_audio.mp3

3. Increment volume from an mp3 audio

ffmpeg -i just_audio.mp3 -vol 2000 -ab 128k overninethousand_audio.mp3

4. Encode to the final video.

ffmpeg -i overninethousand_audio.mp3 -i just_video.mp4 -vcodec mpeg4 -b 1200k final_video.mp4

That's it, you have a new video with over nine thousand level.

FFmpeg site