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A new point release for VLC media player 3.0 branch, VLC 3.0.17 is out.

Without any tweak, VLC now support for playing .DAV video files, created via a DVR365 or Dahua Technology digital video recorder (DVR).

The release also features better notch support for new macbooks, adaptive streaming stack overhaul, and major codec updates.

Other changes include:

  • Add Webp image support.
  • Allow brackets in path part of URLs
  • Fix support for screen capture on macOS with avcapture
  • Improve HTTP2 memory usage, AVCapture module, AudioCD support and SMB compatibility
  • Add support for DTS LBR
  • Add support for new Fourcc for E-AC3, AV1, GeoVision
  • Fix playback of live AV1 streams
  • Support Uncompressed audio in mp4 (ISO/IEC 23003-5)
  • Third-party libraries updates and various fixes.

How to Install VLC 3.0.17 in Ubuntu:

Option 1: the official Snap package:

VLC provides official Linux package via Snap, though v3.0.17 is now in beta channel at the moment.

Ubuntu user may simply search for and install it from Ubuntu Software. It’ll update to the latest version automatically.

Option 2: Flatpak package

VLC is also available to install via the universal Flatpak package, which is now updated to v3.0.17.

Firstly, press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal, then run command to install Flatpak daemon:

sudo apt install flatpak

For old Ubuntu 18.04 and ubuntu 16.04 need to add this PPA first.

Next, install VLC as Flatpak via command:

flatpak install https://dl.flathub.org/repo/appstream/org.videolan.VLC.flatpakref

How to Remove VLC:

For VLC installed via Snap, either remove it from Ubuntu Software or run command in terminal:

sudo snap remove vlc

For the Flatpak package, run the command below in a terminal window:

flatpak uninstall --delete-data org.videolan.VLC

And remove unused libraries via flatpak uninstall --unused.

The popular free open-source Handbrake video transcoder released version 1.5.0 a day ago and then 1.5.1 with quick fix. Here’s what’s new and how to install it in Ubuntu / Linux Mint.

Handbrake 1.5 contains mainly bug-fixes, libraries and video engine updates. Changes in the release include:

  • Update video engine to preserve chroma sample location information.
  • Update Intel Quick Sync to use the Intel oneAPI Video Processing Library (oneVPL)
  • Update FFmpeg 4.4.1, FreeType 2.11.1, libass 0.15.2, libdav1d 0.9.2, and third-party libraries.
  • Update Intel QSV Flatpak plugin to use Intel MediaSDK 21.3.5
  • Build with GNOME 41 and Freedesktop Platform 21.08
  • Requires macOS 10.13+, Windows 10+ with .NET 6.0
  • Add “Move to top/bottom” to the queue context menu for Windows, and MacOS.
  • Translations updates, and more.

How to Install Handbrake 1.5.1 in Ubuntu & other Linux:

The video transcoder now provides Linux package through the universal Flatpak. For those sticking to the native .deb package, keep an eye on this third-party Ubuntu PPA.

1. Install Flatpak daemon

The Flatpak daemon is pre-installed in some Linux systems, such as Fedora Workstation, CentOS, Linux Mint, and Pop! OS.

For Ubuntu 20.04+, simply press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal and run the command below to install it:

sudo apt install flatpak

Ubuntu 18.04 and Ubuntu 16.04 user may install the daemon using the stable PPA.

2. Install Handbrake as Flatpak

After setup the daemon, most Linux user may install Handbrake as Flatpak using command:

flatpak install https://dl.flathub.org/repo/appstream/fr.handbrake.ghb.flatpakref

As mentioned, the packages requires GNOME 41 and Freedesktop Platforms that takes hundreds of MB disk space.

Once installed, search for and open Handbrake from ‘Activities’ overview screen and enjoy!

Uninstall Handbrake Flatpak package:

To remove the app package, also open terminal and run command:

flatpak uninstall --delete-data fr.handbrake.ghb

And remove the useless dependency runtimes via: flatpak uninstall --unused.

For choice, you may also remove the Flatpak daemon if no other app packages installed:

sudo apt remove --autoremove flatpak

That’s all. Enjoy!

For adding subtitles to your video, the Gnome Subtitles editor released v1.7.1. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 16.04, 18.04, 20.04, 21.10 via PPA.

Gnome Subtitles is a free and open-source subtitle editor for Linux. Without using a heavy video editor app, this simple tool allows to add subtitles & captions to your video with preview, timing synchronization, translation, spell checking support and more.

It has been two years since the last release, Gnome Subtitle 1.7 (and 1.7.1 with quick fixes) was released with support for Enchant 2, AbiWord’s spell-checker with updated API/ABI.

Other changes include:

  • Rewrite GStreamer media playback engine.
  • Fix audio and video playback issues.
  • Update AppData and Desktop files.
  • Subtitle lines displayed on video are now refreshed immediately if changed.
  • And various bug-fixes.

How to Install Gnome Subtitles 1.7.1 in Ubuntu:

NOTE: Due to BUG, the package for Ubuntu 18.04 and Ubuntu 20.04 does not launch though works in Ubuntu 21.10.

1. Add Ubuntu PPA.

The software developer maintains an Ubuntu PPA that contains the latest packages for Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 20.04, and Ubuntu 21.10.

Press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal. Then run the command below to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pedrocastro/ppa

Type user password (no visual feedback) when it asks and hit Enter to continue. You may skip the PPA description since it outdated.

2. Update / Install Gnome Subtitles

After adding the PPA, you may run command below one by one to install the software package:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install gnome-subtitles

Or update the package via “Software Updater” if an old version present in your system.

After installation, search for and open the app from activities overview screen and enjoy!

How to Remove Gnome Subtitles & its PPA

To remove the PPA, press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal and run command:

sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:pedrocastro/ppa

And remove the subtitle editor via command:

sudo apt remove --autoremove gnome-subtitles

Want to cut a clip out of a video and share with your friends? Try Video Trimmer, a stupid easy way for those working on Linux.

In Linux there are quite a few ways to cut clips or trim videos either in graphical or using command line tools. While video editors are heavy to do the job, FFmpeg is the most efficient choice. And Video Trimmer offers an intuitive user interface for those hate Linux commands.

It’s a free and open-source GTK app based on FFmpeg. By importing video via top-left “Open” button, you can preview the video and write down the start and end timestamps. And the top-left button turns to ‘Trim‘ for cutting the clip out.

It outputs the clip as a new video file. And the process is super fast and does not reduce the video quality, because it just cuts the data steam but never re-code.

Install Video Trimmer in Linux:

The source code of the project is hosted on gitlab. Besides building from the source, you can install it on most Linux via the Flatpak package.

For beginners, you can open terminal from start menu and run following commands one by one in Ubuntu to get the software.

1.) Install the flatpak daemon for running the app via command:

sudo apt install flatpak

2.) Add the flathub repository which hosts the software package by running command:

flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo

3.) You can finally install the app via command:

flatpak install flathub org.gnome.gitlab.YaLTeR.VideoTrimmer

After that, open it from start menu and enjoy!

Uninstall Video Trimmer:

To remove the app as well as its data, open terminal and run command:

flatpak uninstall --delete-data org.gnome.gitlab.YaLTeR.VideoTrimmer

The open-source video transcoder HandBrake released new 1.4.0 version with exciting new features.

HandBrake 1.4.0 adds native 10 and 12-bit encoding support. Though it has limitations that some filters (e.g., Detelecine, Chroma Smooth, and more) do not currently support higher than 8-bit. With these filters enabled, you won’t benefit from the new feature.

You can select the new 10-bit / 12-bit encoder from the “Video codec” drop-down on the Video tab. For hardware encoders, the option will only be shown if the system supports it.

The release also adds new filters including Chroma Smooth and Colourspace Selection. New Media Foundation encoder for Windows based ARM64 devices powered by Qualcomm Chipsets.

Other changes in HandBrake 1.4.0 include:

  • HDR10 metadata passthru.
  • Added support for Apple Silicon based macs.
  • MP2 Audio Passthru support.
  • Added support for DVB Subtitles.
  • Added support for EIA608 Closed Captions.
  • Improved Static Previews to reduce temporary disk space usage
  • And much more.

How to Install HandBrake 1.4.0 in Ubuntu:

HandBrake has an official Ubuntu PPA though it’s not updated at the moment.

Besides the PPA, you can download & install the flatpak package.

First time installing a flatpak package? Make sure flatpak daemon is installed via command:

sudo apt install flatpak

Then install the downloaded package via command:

flatpak install ~/Downloads/HandBrake-*.flatpak

(Optional) To uninstall the package, open terminal and run command:

flatpak uninstall fr.handbrake.ghb