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Install HandBrake Video Transcoder With Fixed Black Widgets And Unity Launcher Progress Bar Integration In Ubuntu

HandBrake is a popular free and open source video transcoder available for Linux, Windows and Mac OS X. The tool works great however, the app widgets are black under Unity, this issue being caused by Ubuntu’s overlay scrollbars:

HandBrake Unity overlay scrollbars black bug

If you’re using Unity, you can add +Marc Deslauriers‘ HandBrake PPA, which provides a fix for this black widgets bug. The HandBrake packages in this PPA also ship with Unity Launcher progress bar integration, so you can quickly see the transcoding progress without having the app on top:

HandBrake Unity patches

For those who aren’t familiar with HandBrake, here’s a quick list of features:
  • for input sources, HandBrake supports most common multimedia files and any DVD or BluRay sources that do not contain any kind of copy protection;
  • supported outputs:
    • file containers: MP4 (M4V) and MKV;
    • video encoders: H.264 (x264), H.265 (x265) MPEG-4 and MPEG-2 (libav), VP8 (libvpx) and Theora (libtheora);
    • audio encoders: AAC,, MP3, Flac, AC3 and Vorbis;
  • device presets;
  • title / chapter selection;
  • chapter markers;
  • queue up multiple encoding jobs;
  • subtitles support (VobSub, Closed Captions CEA-608, SSA, SRT);
  • constant quality or average bitrate video encoding;
  • video filters: deinterlacing, decomb, denoise, detelecine, deblock, grayscale, cropping and scaling;
  • live video preview;
  • comes with graphical and command line interfaces.

Install HandBrake with Unity patches in Ubuntu 15.04, 14.10 and 14.04

To add Marc Deslauriers’ HandBrake PPA and install HandBrake with Unity patches (fixed black widgets and Unity Launcher progress bar integration) in Ubuntu 15.04, 14.10 or 14.04, use the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mdeslaur/handbrake
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install handbrake

For other Linux distributions, Windows and Mac OS X, see the HandBrake downloads page.

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Ubuntu at Mobile World Congress (Video)

Canonical has uploaded a short video recapping their booth at this year’s Mobile World Congress 2015.

At just over a minute the short clip covers their pitch promoting Ubuntu for Phones, convergence between tablets and PCs, their ongoing cloud successes and its extension into the Internet of Things technologies.

“As the lights go down on Mobile World Congress 2015, we’ve taken a bit of time to reflect on what has become one of our favourite events in the conference calendar. And what a week it was,” the video caption reads.

“Congress touched nearly every part of the company and so here’s a bit of insight into what we did there.”

You can see the video below.

The post Ubuntu at Mobile World Congress (Video) first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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Ubuntu MATE 15.04 Will Ship With Nifty Tilda Terminal App

The Ubuntu MATE team, fresh from going official community flavour status, have been busy detailing some of the handy new features shipping in Ubuntu MATE 15.04.

Among them is the addition of Tilda. Tilda is a ‘dropdown’ terminal application that’s similar to popular alternatives like guake but with a smaller memory footprint – something important for a distribution like Ubuntu MATE.

Dropdown terminals aren’t for everyone but have advantages. For one, they don’t require you to open an app, instead letting you hit a hot key (in Ubuntu MATE this will be F12) to open and close it.

Like other related terminal tools Tilda has a wealth of customisation and configuration options. And yes, it supports multiple tabs!

Explaining more about the feature, and demoing it in action on the Ubuntu MATE 15.04 desktop, is project lead Martin Wimpress.

How to Install Tilda in Ubuntu

Like the look and feel of Tilda? The good news is that you don’t have to be on Ubuntu MATE 15.04 to use it.

Tilda is available to install on most versions of Ubuntu (and related flavors) straight from the repositories.

Click to Install Tilda from the Ubuntu Software Center

To install Tilda using the command line open a new terminal window and run:

sudo apt-get install tilda

After installation has completed you can launch it from your desktop’s app menu.

The first time you run Tilda you’ll see a setup guide that will let you choose a keybinding. By default Tilda uses Super + F1.

The post Ubuntu MATE 15.04 Will Ship With Nifty Tilda Terminal App first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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Twitter Adds Group Messaging and Native Video

By Vasudev Ram

Saw this via a tweet.

http://www.programmableweb.com/news/twitter-adds-group-messaging-and-native-video/elsewhere-web/2015/01/27


Should be interesting to check it out once ready. They say the group messaging feature will allow for messaging to small groups of up to 20 at a time. Could be useful for some applications.

Vasudev Ram – Dancing Bison Enterprises


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