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Iceweasel

Introduction.

Having now moved almost everything to Debian Etch, I'm now spending more time in this environment and hence using Iceweasel as my primary bowser. However, although I spent a little time getting various multimedia plugins to work in Iceweasel, I came across an annoyance when using links from various emails I receive within IceDove.

VMWare on Ubuntu Gutsy 64bit

After installing the 64bit version of Ubuntu, I like many others found that any 32bit virtual machines would no longer play. Trawling through the forums found a fix. Ubuntu 64bit does not install some of the 32bit libraries needed to run the virtual machines. This can be corrected by typing 'sudo apt-get install ia32-libs' in your favorite command shell. Once installed the virtual machines will now run correctly. No reboot or log out needed. Many thanks to the many forums posters on Ubuntu for this solution.

Real Media to AVI

Howto Convert Real Media Files to Avi Format Files

There are probably half a dozen ways or more to convert Real Media files to Avi format. Audio Video Interleave, known by its acronym AVI, is a multimedia container format introduced by Microsoft in November 1992 as part of its Video for Windows technology. AVI files can contain both audio and video data in a standard container that allows synchronous audio-with-video playback. Like DVDs, AVI files support multiple streaming audio and video, although these features are seldom used.

Wmv to Mpg

Howto convert an Mpg video format file to Wmv

Below is a snippet we obtained from a forum which may work to convert an Wmv video format file to an Mpg video format file. In order that you can convert one video file format to another you will need some packages installed and you will need some codecs.

Having tried this example below on a wmv file to covert to an mpg file which although it worked the quality wasn't maintained that well.

 #> mencoder movie.wmv -o movie.mpg -ovc lavc -oac mp3lame -of mpeg

Mpg to Wmv

Howto convert an Mpg video format file to Wmv

Below is a snippet we obtained from a forum which may work to convert an Mpg video format file to a Windows Media Video file. In order that you can convert one video file format to another you will need some packages installed and you will need some codecs.

 #> mencoder -ovc lavc -lavcopts vcodec=mpeg4:vbitrate=1000:vhq \
 -oac mp3lame -lameopts br=98 -o videofile.mpg videofile.wmv