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Old 11-14-2009, 04:00 AM   #1
stu7
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mencoder / ffmpeg / mplayer available together ?


Sometime last week, I began downloading files to bolster
what my debian (Etch) system did not contain already...
sometime last night, mencoder / ffmpeg /and/ mplayer began
to agree more with me, and started processing video and audio
files the way so many web pages suggest they might.

So... happy as I am, here is my question... is there a Linux
distribution which basically comes with all these libs and
whatnot required by these three programs ?
(mencoder / ffmpeg / mplayer)

I suppose video and audio are still to be considered
"niche interest areas", whereas general photo-processing is
more an every-programmers requirement... I am in agreement
with that for the most part, but, as most users of a
photoprocessing program (Gimp / ImageMagick / Krita...) use
digital cameras for input... and... since most digital
cameras presently include some kind of video or "movie"
function... well, again, this is me... but I would think
more complete video/audio support would be "a good thing"
for at least the larger linux distributions.

The newest Debian may already have such support ?

Thanks for looking / I'll listen to my answer off the air(!).
 
Old 11-14-2009, 04:41 AM   #2
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Mint, Dreamlinux and a few others come with multimedia out of the box, but really how hard is it to do apt-get install mplayer ffmpeg, or just use the exoodles script in my signature, it makes it very simple to install various multimedia apps in Debian.
 
Old 11-14-2009, 07:21 AM   #3
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Mint, Dreamlinux and a few others come with multimedia out of the box, but really how hard is it to do apt-get install mplayer ffmpeg, or just use the exoodles script in my signature, it makes it very simple to install various multimedia apps in Debian.
thanks for your reply craigvil. I will look at Mint/Dreamlinux/etc.

I have not generally had online access, with Linux (but, windows
from the library). Could you comment a bit on the "live aspect" of
online repositories... this is, with apt-get or whatever interface,
do you get the same dependency checking and automatic required files
lists as with synaptic and a set of CDs ? (my solution for years)

thanks
 
Old 11-14-2009, 08:02 AM   #4
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If you dont have internet you may want to take a look at apt-zip.
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apt-zip will allow you to get the packages you need using a different computer instead of downloading on the computer system you are upgrading. This can be handy if you have a slow Internet connection on that computer, but have access to another system with a fast connection. apt-zip will allow you to take advantage of the benefits of apt-get like not having to worry about getting all the dependencies. apt-get will be used to figure that out and apt-zip will transfer this info on separate media that you can carry to another computer, mount it there and run a script that will download the files. Here is how it works.

Prepare the media

* # apt-get update (You need to go online for this. After it is finished, go offline.)
* mount the media - /ZIP is default, but that can be changed in the apt-zip config file or with the ‘-m’ option which I use below.)
* I mounted my jump drive on /jump so:
* # apt-zip-list -m /jump -a upgrade

This last command writes 2 files to the media and tells you how much needs to be downloaded.

Get the packages

* mount the media on the computer with the fast connection. You need wget installed on it.
* run the fetch script on the media (./fetch….) wget will begin getting the files
* When finished umount the media

Upgrade your system

* mount the media on the system to be upgraded using the same mountpoint you used originally
* # apt-zip-inst

You will see a list of the packages to be installed just you see with ‘apt-get upgrade’ If it is a large amount, you will get the option to do the upgrade or not. Choose ‘Y’ and the upgrade takes place using the packages stored on the media.

More on Apt-Zip

* http://wiki.debian.org/AptZip
 
  


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