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For those sticking to the latest Kid3 audio tag editor, here’s how to install / upgrade it (version 3.4.4 so far) via PPA in Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 16.10, Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 12.04, and Linux Mint 17 / 18.

Kid3 is an open-source cross-platform audio tag editor for many audio file formats. It supports DSF, MP3, Ogg, FLAC, MPC, MPEG-4 (mp4/m4a/m4b), AAC, Opus, SPX, TrueAudio, APE, WavPack, WMA, WAV, AIFF, tracker modules.

The latest version so far is Kid3 3.4.4 that brings new features include a portable mode storing the configuration file in the application folder, copying of images to the clipboard and an MPRIS D-Bus interface for the audio player on Linux. Also it fixes the import of durations when importing from file or clipboard, and building with Chromaprint 1.4.

Kid3 Audio Tagger

How to Install / Upgrade Kid3 in Ubuntu / Linux Mint:

The editor has an official PPA repository that so far offers the latest packages for Ubuntu 12.04, Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 16.10, and their derivatives.

1. Open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ufleisch/kid3

Type in your password (no visual feedback) when it asks and hit Enter to continue.

Kid3 PPA

2. After that, search for and install kid3 via your package manager, or run the commands below in terminal to install it for the first time:

sudo apt update 

sudo apt install kid3

For Qt version (without KDE libraries), use sudo apt install kid3-qt instead. There’s also command line version kid3-cli available.

For those who have a previous release installed, launch Software Updater (or Update Manager) to upgrade Kid3 after checking for updates:

upgrade kid3 via software updater

How to Uninstall:

To uninstall Kid3 audio tagger, either use your package manager or run the command below in terminal:

sudo apt remove kid3 kid3-qt kid3-cli && sudo apt autoremove

The PPA repository can be removed by going to System Settings -> Software & Updates -> Other Software tab.

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After 13 years of development, the open-source handbrake video transcoder finally reached the 1.0.0 release with many new features, miscellaneous improvements and fixes.

The HandBrake Team announced the 1.0.0 release on Christmas Eve 2016. It features:

  • New online documentation at https://handbrake.fr/docs
  • Completely overhauled the official presets
  • New JSON-based preset system including command line support
  • New JSON-based API for interacting with libhb
  • Improvements to audio/video sync engine
  • VP9 video encoding via libvpx
  • Intel QuickSync Video H.265/HEVC encoder
  • Ultra HD / 4K color pass through
  • Opus audio encoding/decoding via libopus
  • Passthru now supports E-AC-3, FLAC, and TrueHD audio formats
  • Other improvements and fixes. See here for details.

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How to Install HandBrake 1.0.0 in Ubuntu / Linux Mint:

The official PPA repository has made the new release for Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 16.10, Linux Mint 17 and 18.

1. To add the PPA, open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run the following command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:stebbins/handbrake-releases

handbrake-ppa

2. For those who have installed handbrake from Ubuntu’s main repository archive, remove it either via Ubuntu Software Center or using the command:

sudo apt remove handbrake && sudo apt autoremove

3. Finally install the 1.0.0 release via commands:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install handbrake-gtk handbrake-cli

For those who have installed a previous gtk build from the handbrake PPA, upgrade it via Software Updater:

upgrade-handbrake-ubuntu

How to Uninstall:

To remove the PPA build of Handbrake video transcoder, run command:

sudo apt remove handbrake-gtk handbrake-cli && sudo apt autoremove

And the PPA can be removed via Other Software tab of Software & Updates utility.

Darktable 2.2

Darktable 2.2, a new stable series of the open-source photo workflow software, was finally announced on Christmas Eve.

After 3 release candidates, Darktable 2.2 stable was finally released with over 2k commits since 2.0.0. Also 298 pull requests and 360+ issues have been handled/closed in the new release.

Darktable 2.2 New Features:

  • Add new automatic perspective correction module
  • Liquify tool for all your fancy pixel moving
  • A new image module to use a Color Look Up Table (CLUT) to change colors in the image
  • In Highlight reconstruction module, the mode LCh reconstruction was completely rewritten, and is no longer useless!
  • A new tool, darktable-chart, that goes along with the CLUT module, to create styles for the latter
  • Exposure fusion in the basecurve module to lower the dynamic range of images
  • Add new raw overexposure indication
  • Darkroom: the preview (in top-left corner) is now no longer pre-demosaiced (but just downscaled without demosaicing it at the same time), thus the preview, color picker, histogram show the proper results, especially when there is highlight clipping.

Read the announcement for more details. And see the video below:

How to Install Darktable 2.2 in Ubuntu 16.04 and/or Ubuntu 16.10:

The new release has been made into PPA, available for Ubuntu 16.04, 16.10, and Linux Mint 18. Follow the steps below to add the PPA and install / upgrade it:

1. Open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run the command below to add the PPA repository:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pmjdebruijn/darktable-release

Type in your password (no visual feedback) when it asks and hit Enter.

Darktable PPA for Xenial

2. For those who have a previous release installed, launch Software Updater (or update manager for mint) and upgrade Darktable after checking for updates.

upgrade darktable

Or just run commands below in terminal to install or upgrade to Darktable 2.2:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install darktable

Uninstall:

For any reason you can restore the Darktable installation to the stock version in Ubuntu main archive by purging the PPA via:

sudo apt install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:pmjdebruijn/darktable-release

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DroidCam is a simple tool that turns your Android device into a wireless webcam, letting you chat on Skype, Google+, and other programs.

It also works with OBS/XSplit/etc for streaming to Twitch or YouTube. You can also use DroidCam as an IP webcam (or Surveillance Camera) via a Internet browser virtually on all networks. Use it as a simple pet cam, spy cam, or a security camera.

Features:

  • Chat using “DroidCam Webcam” on your computer, including Sound and Picture.
  • Connect over WiFi or USB cable.
  • Use other apps with DroidCam in background.
  • Surveillance/IP webcam MJPEG access

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How to Install DroidCam in Ubuntu:

1. Download DroidCam Linux client from the official links below:

DroidCam for Linux 32-bit

DroidCam for Linux 64-bit

2. Extract and open the result folder in terminal by selecting “Open in Terminal” from its context menu.

droidcam-folder

3. When the terminal opens, run the install script to make and install the client in your system:

install-droidcam

Type in your password when it asks (no visual feedback) and hit Enter.

Once installed, you should be able to launch the client by running droidcam command in terminal.

4. To create a launcher shortcut, run command to create an empty configuration file:

gedit ~/.local/share/applications/droidcam.desktop

And paste below lines when the files opens and save it.

[Desktop Entry]
Version=1.0
Type=Application
Terminal=false
Name=DroidCam
Exec=droidcam
Comment=Use your Android phone as a wireless webcam or an IP Cam!
Icon=droidcam
Categories=GNOME;GTK;Video;
Name[it]=droidcam

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For the shortcut icon file, grab one from the web, name droidcam (.png, or .svg), put it into .local/share/icons folder.

locate-droidcam-icons

Finally launch the client and start DroidCam in Android, select connection mode, type in ip, port, and click connect.

Open up a V4L2 compatible program (VLC player, Skype, Cheese, etc) and you should see DroidCam listed as a video device.

To update the webcam resolution, edit the configuration file via command:

sudo apt install gksu && gksudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/droidcam.conf

then change the value of width and height. Recommended resolutions are 320×240, 480×360, 640×480, 960×720 or 1280×720.

droidcam-conf

(Optional) To remove DroidCam client in Ubuntu, run the uninstall script via command:

sudo /opt/droidcam-uninstall

Thanks for reading and Merry Christmas!

OpenShot Video Editor

Then OpenShot video editor has reached the 2.2 release with optimized editing of HD videos. Qt version has been made into the official Ubuntu PPA.

New features in OpenShot 2.2:

  • Editing HD videos (5K, 4K, 2.5K, and 1080p) is vastly improved.
  • A new caching engine supports both memory and disk back-ends.
  • opening huge projects up to 10x faster.
  • Many critical bug-fixes.
  • Keyframe Enhancements.
  • Improved error handling and real-time error reporting.
  • New title templates.
  • New 2.5k and 4k profiles added
  • And see here for more details.

How to install OpenShot 2.2 in Ubuntu:

For Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 16.10, and their derivatives, e.g, Linux Mint 17, 18, follow the steps below to add OpenShot Stable PPA and install / upgrade the latest release:

1. Open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:openshot.developers/ppa

Type in your password when it asks and hit Enter.

openshot-stable-ppa

2. For those who have a previous Qt version installed, launch Software Updater and upgrade OpenShot after checking for updates.

or just run the commands below in terminal to check for updates and install OpenShot 2.2:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install openshot-qt