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kikinovak 08-06-2012 01:29 AM

Brasero and audio

I'm currently giving various burning apps a spin on my Slackware 13.37 + XFCE 4.8 desktop. In the past, K3B has done the job well, but I'd like to use something more lightweight. Unfortunately, Xfburn still can't handle the audio stuff (correct me if I'm wrong).

I burn audio compilation CDs on a regular basis, with audio files coming in all possible formats: mp3, ogg, mpc, wma, wav, whatever. Also, I'm regulary burning these compilations from M3U playlists. In K3B, I just drag and drop them, and everything works fine.

I vaguely remember having used Brasero on Ubuntu 10.04, and it seemed to work fine. Anyone knows which additional multimedia libs / backends I'd have to install to make Brasero handle all the audio stuff I intend to throw at it?

BTW, I intend to install Brasero using SBo.

kingbeowulf 08-06-2012 01:35 AM

Did you check

I haven't used it in a while, but as the site says, and as I recall, Brasero handles all the gstreamer audio formats - the good, the bad, and the ugly.

frankbell 08-06-2012 09:05 PM

I have had K3B burn when Brasero refused to (this was on Ubuntu).

When Brasero works, it's fine. If it doesn't work, try K3B before you give up,

Cheesesteak 08-07-2012 02:18 AM

I think you should stick with k3b. It's arguably the best GUI-driven burning program for linux, and you already said it works fine for you. If you really want to "lighten things up," go command line.

Since you're on 13.37, nero is another option if you want to go commercial. It's GTK interface would fit right in with XFCE, and it doesn't require half of GNOME to run...

kikinovak 08-07-2012 10:42 AM

Thanks for the numerous answers. I've just spent about a day and a half experimenting around, and here's the good news.

Brasero is now a full-fledged replacement for K3B and integrates nicely in XFCE!

This required a lot (!) of work, though.

First thing, install the whole lot of multimedia libs and backends: lame, a52dec, xvidcore, ..., ffmpeg, ..., transcode, etc. If you're curious about the details, take a peek in my SVN:

$ svn co svn://

All the details are in the ChangeLog.txt file.

Once this is OK, install all the gst-* packages, as previously suggested by kingbeowulf.

- gst-plugins-bad
- gst-plugins-ugly
- gst-rmswillcrucifyyou :rolleyes:
- gst-ffmpeg

The SVN repo also contains a rewritten SlackBuild for a more recent version of Brasero.

Last thing: if you install totem-pl-parser and add the --enable-playlists option to the build, Brasero can even handle playlists from XMMS.

I've tested it for the best part of this afternoon, and it works perfectly, plus it's a lot less resource-hungry than K3B.

Here's what it looks like on my build box:

Cheers from the sunny South of France!


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