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  • Allen Knight 4:17 pm on 22 April 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Video converters   

    How do I convert a Video? 

    Do you find videos you’ve created on another device won’t work when you transfer them to you Windows machine?

    There’s an easy answer:


    A Handy Audio/Video Converter for Ubuntu

    Not got Ubuntu Yet?  You don’t know what you are missing!   This stuff’s  all free.  Follow the procedure for installing it either on Virtual Box, or on WUBI, then follow the method below.

    The procedure for installing Winff is Accessories>Terminal:

     sudo add-apt-repository ppa:paul-climbing/ppa
     sudo apt-get update
     sudo apt-get install winff

    In the winff program under “convert to” select WMV, and it couldn’t be easier.
    Original post is here:

    A Handy Audio/Video Converter for Ubuntu

    Works for 10.10, 11.10. Tried it.

  • Allen Knight 1:29 pm on 26 January 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: No frame was found in the output from blender   

    How to install Open Shot video editor with Blender 


    Open Shot does not work with blender  when creating animated titles. You get the following error:
    No frame was found in the output from blender

    Why would anybody care?

    “OpenShot” is a marvelous FREE video Editor for Linux which is similar in function to “Windows Movie Maker”. It allows you to create 3-dimensional animated titles when used in conjunction with blender.

    What is “blender”?

    Blender is a marvelous FREE 3-dimensional modelling an animation program.  There is a steep learning curve, but it’s FREE.

    Well, to cut a long story short, you want to get OpenShot and Blender working to make all those fancy 3D animated titles on your YouTube submissions. Right? Here’s how:


    Got to the terminal and copy and paste the following from here:

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jonoomph/openshot-edge
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install openshot openshot-doc
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:cheleb/blender-svn
    sudo apt-get update
     sudo apt-get install blender

    Installing by this method will put the latest version of blender on your pull down menu under graphics.

    You now need to change instances of “CENTRAL” to “CENTER” in an XML set-up file.
    for 32 bit Ubuntu type the following on the command line:
    sudo gedit /usr/lib/pymodules/python2.6/openshot/blender/*.xml
    For 64 bit Ubuntu:

    sudo gedit /usr/lib64/pymodules/python2.6/openshot/blender/*.xml

    Now in gedit hit “Control-H”, this will pop up a replace dialog.

    Search for “CENTRAL”
    Replace with “CENTER”

    There are three instances to be replaced. Save the file and close.

    Now, open up the Synaptic package manager and install:


    If your current version of blender still does not work with your current version of OpenShot, install version 2.59, which is here.


    Install the version for your operating system. For 32-bit Ubuntu, this is:

    When you download this, choose “open with archive manager”, and extract the archive to your  Home folder (or any other folder you find convenient)

    Fire up Open Shot:

    In the OpenShot preferences, enter the path to the blender execuable:

    e.g. /home/yourname/blender-2.59-linux-glibc27-i686/blender

    If your name is “Fred” then it would be

    You can have two versions of blender on the machine at the same time. If your latest version of  blender is in your “applications” folder, the path is “/usr/bin/blender “.  If version of blender you have got in your applications “usr/bin” folder is the version which works with blender, then you can use that.

    Currently, Openshot  1.4.0 works with blender 2.59, and Ubuntu 10.10. I know, because I just got it to work!

    These instructions will also work for Linux Mint 10. I am now using this Distro.

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