The fact that Linux has more multimedia application choices than Mac OS X and Windows combined may come as a surprise to many, but not to those who know Linux well. In "Linux Multimedia Hacks", author Kyle Rankin showcases the best available multimedia tools so you can maximize the entertainment capabilities of your favorite OS. Included are tips and tricks for connecting to iPods, creating MP3s and Oggs, watching and making DVDs, turning your Linux box into a Tivo ala MythTV, and much more. You don't have to be a Linux server guru to make use of this book. "Linux Multimedia Hacks" takes the best of Linux's multimedia tools and with step-by-step instructions shows even novice users how to do cool and useful things with images, audio, and video. It includes entry level hacks that nearly all Linux users will want, such as installing codecs for audio and video playback and managing thousands of photographs. Later, you'll find hacks that cover a variety of advanced projects, from ripping and organizing media files with metatags, to editing video and audio tracks, to creating your own DVDs.
Basic or advanced, each hack stands on its own, so you can feel free to jump around to only the sections that interest you. The book is divided into five easy-to-understand chapters: Images: tips range from basic image edits to automated image manipulation; Audio: hacks include audio format conversion and tweaking metadata within audio files; Video: learn how to covert between video formats, plus how to create your own VCDs and DVDs; Broadcast Media: tips include how to access and create you own web broadcasts as well as watch and record TV; and Web: learn how to make your multimedia creations available to the world. As one of the most powerful multimedia platforms around, Linux has far more capabilities and features than meets the eye. This latest Hacks book gives you the technical chops to enjoy them all.
Kyle is a system administrator for Quinstreet, Inc., the current president of the North Bay Linux Users Group, and the author of Knoppix Hacks and Knoppix Pocket Reference. Kyle has been using Linux in one form or another since early 1998. In his free time he does pretty much the same thing he does at work--works with Linux.
Credits Preface Chapter 1. Images 1. Take a Screenshot 2. Convert from One Image Format to Another 3. Make Image Thumbnails 4. Animate Images 5. Leave a Watermark 6. Pull Images from a Digital Camera 7. Manage Photos with f-spot 8. Edit Images 9. Remove Red Eye from Photos 10. Create a Slideshow 11. Automatically Synchronize Your Camera and Computer 12. Make a Screen-Capture Movie Chapter 2. Audio 13. Mix Your Audio for Perfect Sound 14. Surround Yourself with Sound 15. Play Multiple Sounds at the Same Time 16. Get MP3 Libraries for Red Hat-Based Distributions 17. Configure Network Sound 18. Manage Your Audio with XMMS 19. Shuffle Your Music the Smart Way 20. Try Rhythmbox 21. Let amaroK Rock Your Music Collection 22. Store amaroK Data in MySQL 23. Enable Your Multimedia keyboard 24. Rip CDs from the Command Line 25. Rip CDs Straight from Konqueror 26. Get a Grip on CD Ripping 27. Edit ID3v2 Tags from the Command Line 28. Add Album Art to ID3 Tags 29. Automate Music File Tagging 30. Correct Music Metadata with MusicBrainz 31. Clean Music Metadata at the Command Line 32. Clean Music Metadata with a GUI 33. Pass the Mic and Record Audio 34. Edit Audio with Audacity 35. Convert from One Audio Format to Another 36. Normalize the Volume of Your Audio Files 37. Make Your Computer Talk to You 38. Search Audio for Hidden Messages 39. Burn Audio CDs from the Command Line 40. Automate Audio CD Burning with K3b 41. Turn Your Computer into a Turntable 42. Use an iPod with Linux 43. Sync Your iRiver with Linux 44. Use Other Portable Audio Players 45. Use a Bluetooth Headset with Linux 46. Find All Your Media Files Chapter 3. Video 47. Master Video Output Options 48. Use MPlayer 49. Advanced MPlayer Tweaks 50. Create Family-Friendly Edits of Movies 51. Crop Video During Playback 52. Add Custom Subtitles to Video 53. Play Restricted Media Formats 54. Watch Videos in ASCII Art 55. Try xine-Based Video Players 56. View VLC, the Cross-Platform Video Player 57. Probe Video Settings 58. Rip a VCD 59. Rip a DVD 60. Encode a DVD to MPEG4 from the Command Line 61. Rip and Encode DVDs with a mencoder Frontend 62. Rip and Encode DVDs with K3b 63. Convert from One Video Format to Another 64. Create Archos-Compatible Video 65. Convert Dual-Layer DVD to Single-Layer DVD 66. Use a Digital Video Camcorder with Linux 67. Edit Video 68. Resize a Video 69. Create a VCD 70. Create a DVD 71. Customize a DVD Menu 72. Create Self-Booting Movies Chapter 4. Broadcast Media 73. Install a TV Tuner 74. Watch TV on Your Computer 75. Output to a TV with NVIDIA Cards 76. Cut Commercials 77. Create a DVR with MythTV 78. MythTV as a Digital Hub 79. Take (Remote) Control 80. Browse Streaming Radio Stations 81. Rip Streaming Audio 82. Rip Streaming Video 83. Command-Line Streaming MP3 Player 84. Build a Linux Jukebox with Jinzora 85. Stream Video with VLC 86. Grab Podcasts from the Command Line 87. Get Podcasts with a GUI 88. Broadcast Sound to AM with a MonitorChapter 5. Web 89. Install the Macromedia Plug-in in a Flash 90. Use the Real RealPlayer 91. Watch Videos Within Firefox 92. Kaffeinate Konqueror 93. Install the Acrobat Reader Plug-in 94. Control Your Media Player with Firefox 95. Grab Color Profiles from Other Web Sites 96. Browse Graphical Sites from an xterm 97. Star in Your Own Reality TV Show 98. Make Internet Phone Calls with Skype 99. Turn Your Linux Box into a PBX 100. Host a Photo Gallery Index