Linux Multimedia Hacks: Tips & Tools for Taming Images, Audio, and Video

Linux Multimedia Hacks: Tips & Tools for Taming Images, Audio, and Video

by Kyle Rankin
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Linux Multimedia Hacks: Tips & Tools for Taming Images, Audio, and Video by Kyle Rankin

The fact that Linux has more multimedia application choices than Mac OS X and Windows combined may come as a surprise to many, but not to those who know Linux well. In Linux Multimedia Hacks, author Kyle Rankin showcases the best available multimedia tools so you can maximize the entertainment capabilities of your favorite OS. Included are tips and tricks for connecting to iPods, creating MP3s and Oggs, watching and making DVDs, turning your Linux box into a Tivo ala MythTV, and much more.

You don't have to be a Linux server guru to make use of this book. Linux Multimedia Hacks takes the best of Linux's multimedia tools and with step-by-step instructions shows even novice users how to do cool and useful things with images, audio, and video. It includes entry level hacks that nearly all Linux users will want, such as installing codecs for audio and video playback and managing thousands of photographs. Later, you'll find hacks that cover a variety of advanced projects, from ripping and organizing media files with metatags, to editing video and audio tracks, to creating your own DVDs. Basic or advanced, each hack stands on its own, so you can feel free to jump around to only the sections that interest you.

The book is divided into five easy-to-understand chapters:

  • Images: tips range from basic image edits to automated image manipulation
  • Audio: hacks include audio format conversion and tweaking metadata within audio files
  • Video: learn how to covert between video formats, plus how to create your own VCDs and DVDs
  • Broadcast Media: tips include how to access and create you own web broadcasts as well as watch and record TV
  • Web: learn how to make your multimedia creations available to the world

As one of the most powerful multimedia platforms around, Linux has far more capabilities and features than meets the eye. This latest Hacks book gives you the technical chops to enjoy them all.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780596553425
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/17/2005
Series: Hacks
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 334
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Kyle Rankin is a system administrator for The Green Sheet, Inc., the current president of the North Bay Linux Users Group, and the author of "Knoppix Hacks" and "Knoppix Pocket Reference". Kyle has been using Linux in one form or another since early 1998. In his free time he does pretty much the same thing he does at work—works with Linux.

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Do you want to master the entertainment possibilities of Linux? If you do, then this book is for you! Author Kyle Rankin, has done an outstanding job of writing a book that takes the best of Linux¿s multimedia tools and shows you step by step how to use these tools to do cool things you would not have thought possible with images, audio, and video. Rankin, begins by defining hacks that are specifically for images. Then, the author describes hacks for all things video. Next, the author shows you how to get the most out of video tools under Linux, which are some of the best in the industry. The author then gives you tips for accessing and creating your own web broadcasts. Finally, he shows you hacks to help you tweak your web browser under Linux so it can get the most out of the multimedia Web. For the most part, this most excellent book allows you to look for hacks based on the multimedia type. More importantly, with this book, you¿ll be able to move quickly beyond anything you previously thought was possible, without spending a small fortune on commercial software.