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Old 06-27-2005, 03:01 PM   #661
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using the patch without an aspect ratio switch worked nicely with one movie. it didn't work with the second i tried, so i'm trying to do things manually to see what went wrong. i was able to encode the audio, then i tried this:
mplayer -benchmark -nosound -noframedrop -noautosub -vo yuv4mpeg -vf-add pp=hb/vb/dr/al:f -vf-add hqdn3d "movie.avi"
and my hard drive filled up with a >17GB stream.yuv file. i'm guessing that tovid pipes stream.yuv to the next command to prevent this from happening, but i couldn't figure out how to do it. here's what i tried:
$ nice -n 19 mplayer -benchmark -nosound -noframedrop -noautosub -vo yuv4mpeg -vf-add pp=hb/vb/dr/al:f -vf-add hqdn3d "movie.avi" | yuvfps -r 30000:1001 -n -v 0 | nice -n 19 mpeg2enc -M 0 -a 2 -f 8 -b 8000 -g 4 -G 11 -D 10 -F 4 -v 0 -n n -4 2 -2 1 -q 5 --keep-hf -o "movie.m2v"
**ERROR: [yuvfps] Could'nt read YUV4MPEG header!
**ERROR: [mpeg2enc] Could not read YUV4MPEG2 header: system error (failed read/write)!
how does tovid encode the video without filling up the harddrive? from the source, it looks like they're two separate commands.
Old 08-03-2005, 05:35 PM   #662
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is there any way to convert an .ogg file to mpg using tovid?
Old 08-15-2005, 03:51 PM   #663
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Re: Tovidgui

I'm having the same problem with the tovidgui, and I have an identical system to what you reported. Mandriva LE 2005, same Python and wxPythonGTK packages installed. I was running zlib 1.2.2 and zlib-devel 1.2.2, but updated to zlib and zlib-devel to 1.2.3 when I got this error with no change. loads, very briefly spawns a blank window, then dumps the exact same info you've reported to the console I started it from.

CLI works great on my system. Excellent tool.

Originally posted by sjaglin
Hi there,
New to Linux (2 months!!) so usual apologies from newbies. I have looked through the questions and can't find a thread about my problem so here it is:

I run tovid as a command line and it is a marvel. I love it! I just wish someone would design a nice Icon cause I use another icon and it doesn t feel the same...

My problem:

When I try to run tovidgui I get :

Traceback (most recent call last):
File "./", line 3513, in ?
frame = MainFrame(None, wxID_ANY, "tovidGUI")
File "./", line 3384, in __init__
self.panDiscLayout = DiscLayoutPanel( self, wxID_ANY )
File "./", line 2514, in __init__
self.idxIconMenu = self.listIcons.Add( GetMenuIcon() )
File "./", line 122, in GetMenuIcon
iconMenu = zlib.decompress(
zlib.error: Error -3 while decompressing data: invalid window size

and it crashes without starting. I run Mandriva LE2005, python-2.4-5mdk,wxPythonGTK- I don t know what to try next.

I can't wait to have my GUI, please help me!!!

Thanks for all your work !

Old 08-29-2005, 10:05 AM   #664
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Here is info for new users who end up here and are looking for help:

If you need assistance or have questions about tovid,
please consult the following (in order of preference):

tovid documentation (also the main website):

tovid discussion forum:

tovid IRC channel:, channel #tovid

Debian experimental apt repository:


Last edited by sk545; 08-29-2005 at 10:14 AM.
Old 10-28-2005, 01:06 PM   #665
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a little bump.
Old 12-29-2005, 03:02 AM   #666
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A little audio problem I have:
I hear no sound when playing a final mpeg I created by using tovid version 0.22 on Ubuntu. I managed to extract a wav file from the original avi file and its playing fine but no sound on the final mpg.

The avi file info:

VIDEO: [XVID] 720x480 24bpp 25.000 fps 645.5 kbps (78.8 kbyte/s)

AUDIO: 48000 Hz, 2 ch, s16le, 128.0 kbit/8.33% (ratio: 16000->192000)
Selected audio codec: [mad] afm:libmad (libMAD MPEG layer 1-2-3)
and the final mpg info:

VIDEO: MPEG2 720x576 (aspect 3) 25.000 fps 7840.0 kbps (980.0 kbyte/s)
AUDIO: 48000 Hz, 2 ch, s16le, 224.0 kbit/14.58% (ratio: 28000->192000)
Selected audio codec: [mad] afm:libmad (libMAD MPEG layer 1-2-3)
Can you tell me, what seems to be the problem?

BTW, nice script


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