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VLMC – VideoLAN Movie Creator

VLMC or VideoLAN Movie Creator comes from the same good folks who gave us the awesome VLC Media Player. VideoLAN Movie Creator is basically a video editor and creator running on Windows and Linux. Without a doubt this is one project which has caught the attention of many users of VLC softwares. Personally, I’m pretty excited as well. I know Ubuntu has loads of video editors in its repositories but when VLC makes one, well, it definitely catches the attention.

However, the project is very much in its infancy and VLMC is in testing phase as of now. They havent announced any specific installation guides/instructions for Ubuntu users. But fret not my friends, for you can use VLMC via Wine (yes, the all purpose Windows emulator). So, for Ubuntu users, download the Windows version and run it under Wine. It works perfectly.


How to Download:

To download VLMC (testing) you need to go to their official site (and download the Windows version of the software):



Equalizer for Pulse Audio

There’s a really cool equalizer for Pulse Audio which can be installed by adding a repository. Its a system wide equalizer hence no matter what media player you use, you will be able to utilise this setting.

The image below is a screenshot of the same:

How to install:

Open the Terminal (Accessories > Terminal) and type in the following:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:psyke83/ppa

Next type the following in the Terminal:

sudo apt-get update

Finally, type the following (in the Terminal of course)

sudo apt-get install pulseaudio-equalizer

Thats it. You can access the Pulse Audio Equalizer from the Sounds & Video menu.

Update: The creator of this Equalizer has added a new .deb file for both 32 and 64 bit versions of Ubuntu 10.10, simply click on the following link and install: Download Link



CD/DVD Burning Software

This is one topic which I should have discussed long back, but hey better late than never.

Okay, so when it comes to CD/DVD burning softwares, there are loads and loads of GNOME softwares out there, most notably, GNOME Baker and Brasero (which is installed by default on Ubuntu). However none of these softwares support verification of burned discs. That for me is a bit of a let down as I prefer to verify my discs after every burning process.

I have also tried quite a few other lesser known apps as well. But none of these softwares could rival the ultimate big daddy of all disc burning apps, Nero. Although Nero is generally considered to be a Windows software, there is actually a Linux counterpart. From what I have gathered, the Linux version is quite functional and useful. However, Nero is a closed source software and its not free. You can download the demo version but as you would expect, the swankier features of Nero Linux are reserved for people who actually buy the full version. (Link to the official Nero Linux site:

When I converted from Windows to Linux this absence of a proper burning tool for GNOME was a big problem for me. But fortunately, as with everything Linux, there is always a way out.

Are you averse to using KDE softwares on GNOME? Well, if you are I think its time you let go of that apprehension. K3B is a KDE burning tool which is at par with any burning software be it on Windows or Linux. Its free (of course!) and its open source. Hence, you have absolutely no reason not to give it a try. And fortunately, it works perfectly on GNOME. So, if you’re using Ubuntu, you can definitely give K3B a go.

The interface isnt that great, but whats great is the innumerable options which you get. You can configure every aspect of the software and yes, it does support that verification of CD/DVDs. In my opinion, if you’re on Linux, K3B should be your preferred burning tool.

Here’s a screenshot of K3B (Version: 1.68.0)

How to install:

K3B can be installed from the Ubuntu Software Center.


From the terminal you can type : sudo apt-get install k3b

Use K3B and I’m sure you’ll have a new sense of respect for KDE softwares.



Ubuntu One Music Store is now open

The much anticipated Ubuntu One Music Store has now been released for beta testing to the public. You can now test the Ubuntu One Music Store if you’re using the latest beta release of Ubuntu. (To download the latest build check a previous post:

Mind you though that this is a beta release, so things might break.

How to provide feedback:

* Search Launchpad for your issue (

* Report new bugs against the Rhythmbox Ubuntu One Music Store project (In order for the team to capture the most information about your issue, please file a bug by opening a terminal and typing: ubuntu-bug rhythmbox-ubuntuone-music-store)

* Chat with all beta testers on IRC: #u1msbeta on freenode

Mind you though that this is a beta release and is only for testing purposes right now.


NOTE – For more info on the Ubuntu One Music Store:



Rename Them All

Rename Them All is a batch renamer, in lay man’s terms that means it allows you to rename the file names of multiple files at once. The app was part of The Grand App Writing Challenge.

Although I dont usually try beta/untested softwares, I couldnt resist giving this app a try. After all, it does promise to make life really really easy. Imagine having the pleasure of renaming hundreds of files at one go with the click of a button!

Given below is a screenshot of the app where I am renaming files named 1, 2, 3, 4… to Pic1, Pic2, Pic3, Pic4…

How to Install for Ubuntu 9.10 (Recommended)

Go to the Terminal (Accessories > Terminal) and type the following:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:loneowais/ppa

Next update your repositories by typing the following in the Terminal:

sudo apt-get update

Now install the software by typing the following in the Terminal:

sudo apt-get install renamethemall

Installing the app by this method allows you to constantly stay updated to the latest version of the app.

Alternate method of installation: (Not Recommended)

You can download the .deb file from the launchpad page here. Direct link to the .deb file is here.

Thereafter just double click on the file and install the software. Do note that although this method of installation is easier, it wont allow you to stay up to date with latest versions of the software which might include bug fixes, added features etc.



Ubuntu Tweak 0.5.2 released

The latest version of Ubuntu Tweak, 0.5.2 has been released. It doesnt include any new features but apparently fixes a lot of bugs. There’s a new highlight support for the new items in Application Center and Source Center.

After synching one may find new apps marked as unread/new. You can download Ubuntu Tweak from the official site.


Also take a look at a previous post on Ubuntu Tweak:


Explore Ubuntu is now on twitter

Just wanted to let you know that Explore Ubuntu is now on Twitter as well.

It will have all the updates whenever a new post is made here. Also, as an added bonus, it will have links to anything interesting on the web about Ubuntu (something which is not exactly possible to do here on this blog).

If you have any suggestions, constructive criticism, tips and tricks you would like to share, kindly let me know. The best way of doing that is to leave a comment.



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